2015 Transportation Alternatives Program Announcement!
The LPA Program is pleased to announce the FY2015 TAP Project Awards.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including many that were previously eligible activities under separately funded programs. The TAP replaces the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, Safe Routes to School, and Scenic Byways, wrapping them into a single funding source. There are 13 possible transportation alternatives activity categories, which have been grouped into three groups by common characteristics: Pedestrian and Bicycle Group, Scenic and Natural Resources Group and the Community Improvement Group.
2015 TAP List of Funded Projects
Local public agencies are reimbursed for eligible project costs at a rate of 80 percent with the local agency providing a 20-percent match. Funds administered by MoDOT will provide 80 percent of the TAP project costs, up to $240,000 per project. If the total cost is greater than $240,000, the local agency can pay more than 20 percent to complete the TAP project, if desired.
HUD 2015 Low-income Schedule has been updated and Posted on the FHWA website
This is to inform you that the FY 2015 HUD Low-income Limits have been updated and posted on the FHWA website. The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (Uniform Act or URA) FY 2015 Low income limits, used in connection with rental assistance payment calculations under 49 CFR 24.402(b), have been issued with an effective date of March 6, 2015. Any calculations prior to that date should use the 2014 Schedule. The 2015 low-income limits are located at this link:
A sample calculation is located at this link:
For any questions concerning this, please contact Mary Jane Daluge by telephone at (202) 366-2035 or by email at email@example.com, or your Office of Real Estate Services point of contact.
Tiger Funding Announcement
U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $500 Million in Seventh Round of TIGER Funding
LPA Manual & Process Change - Right of Way Acquisition
MoDOT, in conjunction with the LPA Advisory Committee, has recently completed a review of the LPA right of way acquisition process, which has resulted in several process improvements. Changes to the LPA Manual (EPG 184.108.40.206 & 220.127.116.11) have now been updated to reflect these new processes. Effective April 1, 2015 the following will apply to all active LPA projects that have not been issued an A-Date or Notice to Proceed for right of way acquisition:
- A detailed right of way acquisition schedule (Form EPG 18.104.22.168) must be established by the LPA, or its consultant, & reviewed by MoDOT prior to being granted a notice to proceed or an A-Date. We’ve also created an instructions sheet (Form EPG 22.214.171.124A) for how to complete the form and establish each completion date for the schedule.
- The following changes have also been made to the Acquisition Authority Request form (Form 136.8.1):
- The LPA will identify “Who will be responsible for negotiating the right of way”
- MoDOT will identify the “MoDOT Right of Way Employee assigned to this project”
- MoDOT Right of Way Staff will call the LPA’s person who is responsible for the right of way negotiations before an A-Date or NTP is issued to help kick off the acquisition process, & help identify any potential road blocks. The main focus of this call is to build / strengthen relationships between MoDOT’s RW staff & the LPA’s. We’re hoping this will help you feel more comfortable calling MoDOT when you have a right of way related problem or a question.
- Once a right of way schedule is established & a notice to proceed is issued for the project, MoDOT will ensure the LPA is progressing through the process in accordance with the schedule established. This means, if &/or when the time comes to file a condemnation petition, the LPA’s will be required to do so. This doesn’t mean negotiations have to stop at this point, it’s just leading the project into the next step of the process. Many times we’ve found that as soon as the petition was filed, property owners decided to settle.
If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact your MoDOT District LPA contact person. Here is a link to the contact person in your district:
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