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  Public Hearings     10.    
BCC Regular Meeting   
Meeting Date: 10/06/2016  
Issue:    Recommendation concerning the 2016 Grant Application for Federal Transit Administration 5307 Capital and Operating Assistance
From: Joy D. Blackmon, P.E.
Department: Public Works  
CAO Approval:

RECOMMENDATION:
5:31 p.m. Public Hearing Concerning the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Grant Application for Federal Transit Administration Funding for Bus and Bus Facilities Program:  Grant 5307 for Escambia County Area Transit

Recommendation:  That the Board take the following action concerning the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) 5307 Grant Application by Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) for mass transit project funding:

A. Conduct the 5:31 p.m., Public Hearing for the purpose of receiving comments from the general public on the Grant Application for $3,167,710, in Federal Assistance on mass transit projects;

B. Approve, or amend and approve, the Grant Application, after receiving comments at the Public Hearing;

C. Adopt the Resolution authorizing the Chairman to execute all appropriate documents for the processing and receipt of Federal funds from the Federal Transit Administration; and

D. Authorize the ECAT General Manager to file the Grant Application via the Federal Transportation Award Management System (TrAMS).

[Funding: The Grant Application is for a total of $3,167,710.  Capital Assistance (1,974,477) requires a local 80/20 match of $479,361, which will be covered by Florida Toll Revenue credits.  Operating Assistance ($1,250,265) requires a local 50/50 match of $1,250,265.  The local match is included in the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget.  Operating Expenses will be reimbursed at 50% up to the allowed maximum of $1,250,265]
BACKGROUND:
FTA guidelines require that all applications for financial assistance from FTA be submitted after a public hearing is held for the purpose of receiving comments from the public concerning the Grant Program of Projects.  Effective January 1, 2016, Grant Applications, Execution, and Grant Administration Progress Reports must be submitted electronically via the Transportation Award Management System (TrAMS).

The FTA publishes apportionments; Escambia County's apportionment for Section 5307 for FY 2015-2016 is $3,167,710.  ECAT recommends that Escambia County apply for this apportionment by approving this application for the below Program of Projects.

PROGRAM OF PROJECTS

The Project Budget was developed in accordance with the latest Pensacola Urbanized Area Transportation Improvement Plan Update adopted by the Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization (TPO).  The budget for this Grant Application is as follows:
 
Items Project Cost
Preventive Maintenance $1,568,996
ADA Paratransit Service $ 316,771
Operating Assistance $1,250,265
Security $ 31,678
Total Budget $3,167,710

The recommended Program of Projects is based on the following:

It is recommended that Escambia County apply to use FY 2015-2016 5307 funds for Preventive Maintenance, Non Fixed-Route ADA Paratransit Service, 1% required allotment for Security, and the balance for Operating Assistance.
BUDGETARY IMPACT:
The Grant Application is for a total of $3,167,710.  Capital Assistance (1,974,477) requires a local 80/20 match of $479,361, which will be covered by Florida Toll Revenue credits.  Operating Assistance ($1,250,265) requires a local 50/50 match of $1,250,265.  The local match is included in the FY 2015-2016 Budget.  Operating Expenses will be reimbursed at 50% up to the allowed maximum of $1,250,265
LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS/SIGN-OFF:
The Resolution has been signed off by Assistant County Attorney; Kristin Hual as to form and legal sufficiency.
PERSONNEL:
No additional personnel will be required
POLICY/REQUIREMENT FOR BOARD ACTION:
This recommendation is based on the Board of County Commissioners Comprehensive Plan - Mass Transit Element.
IMPLEMENTATION/COORDINATION:
ECAT Personnel will electronically file all required documentation; and will coordinate with the FTA and FDOT for all necessary funding activities covered by this Grant Application.

Attachments
Draft Application
Resolution

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