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2012 Discretionary Grant Programs

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Submission Requirements

Applicants shall submit an electronic copy of the application which will include the relevant SF-424 form (PDF 221 KB) and a Project Narrative Statement (described in detail below) via email to the appropriate FHWA Division Office. The official application of record will be the document submitted to the FHWA Division Office.

Project Narrative

The following points describe the minimum content which will be required in the Project Narrative element of the application. If an application does not address each of these requirements to FHWA's satisfaction, the application may be considered incomplete and removed from consideration for award. The Project Narrative should not exceed five (5) pages, excluding attachments.

  1. Identifier Information:

    1. State: (This should match item #14 in the SF-424)

    2. Descriptive Title of Applicant's Project: (This should match item #15 on the SF-424)

    3. Congressional District Information: (U.S. Congressional membership - not the State legislature)

      1. U.S. Congressional Representative(s): (Name(s) and District Number(s))

      2. U.S. Senators: (Names)

  2. Geographic Location: Provide a brief description of the project location:

    1. County: (County, Parish, Borough)

    2. Name of Ferry Route, Service Termini, Ports and Water Crossing:

    3. Car and Passenger or Passenger Only Service:

  3. III. Objectives and need for assistance:

    1. Provide a brief description of the proposed work: (Narrative)

      Describe the project scope of work that is to be completed specifically with the funding requested, and whether this is a complete project or part of a larger project. Only include work that would be eligible for FBD funding. Include a description of the transportation challenges that the project aims to address.

    2. Confirm it is not feasible to build a bridge, tunnel, combination thereof, or other normal highway structure in lieu of the use of such ferry (23 U.S.C. § 129(c)(1)): (Y/N)

    3. Confirm the operation of the ferry is on a route classified as a public road within the State and which has not been designated as a route on the Interstate System. Projects eligible include both ferry boats carrying cars and passengers and ferry boats carrying passengers only: (Y/N and provide route number/description, functional class, and if on a National Highway System route)

      For passenger-only ferries, provide the transit route description and what route it serves as an alternate route, if applicable.

    4. Confirm that the ferry boat or ferry terminal facility to be funded will be publicly owned or operated or majority publicly owned. (Owned; Operated; or Majority Publicly Owned, and Name of Public Entity)

      List the public entity that owns or operates or is majority public owner of the ferry or ferry terminal facility.

      The term "publicly owned" means that the title for the boat or terminal must be vested in a Federal, State, county, town, or township, Indian tribe, municipal or other local government or instrumentality. The term "publicly operated" means that a public entity operates the boat or terminal. The term "majority publicly owned" means that more than 50 percent of the ownership is vested in a public entity. If so, does it provide substantial public benefits?

    5. Confirm that the operating authority and the amount of fares charged for passage on such ferry is under the control of the State or other public entity, and all revenues derived are applied to actual and necessary costs of operation, maintenance and repair, debt service, negotiated management fees, and, in the case of a privately operated toll ferry, for a reasonable rate of return? (Y/N; Public Entity)

      This applies to the entire ferry route which benefits from the improvement, without regards to where the funds are to be used, i.e. the terminal or the vessel. Provide the name of the controlling public entity.

    6. Confirm that the ferry is operated only within a State (including the islands which comprise the State of Hawaii and the islands which comprise any territory of the United States) or between adjoining States or between a point in a State and a point in the Dominion of Canada. Also confirm that no part of the ferry operation is in any foreign or international waters, except as permitted under 23 U.S.C. § 129(c)(5)? (Y/N)

    7. Describe how the ferry service provides for critical access to areas not well-served by other modes of surface transportation: (narrative)

      Provide the distance in miles to the next nearest crossing of the water body from each terminal. Describe how the project is meant to improve or maintain the critical access and potential impacts of closure of the ferry. Describe the purposes that passengers use the ferry, i.e. access to schools, hospital, businesses, commuters, leisure, recreation access, etc. Describe the schedule of the service. I.e., is the service year round or seasonal? What days of the week does the service run?

    8. Annual number of vehicles and/or pedestrians carried: (annual number vehicles, pedestrians and/or total passengers; and narrative)

      Provide the number of vehicles and/or pedestrians that were carried in the most recent year available. For new service or increased capacity, also provide the anticipated annual volume after completion of the project. Bicycles should be considered pedestrian traffic. Total number of annual passengers should also be provided, if available.

    9. Amount of FBD funds requested: ($)

      Provide the amount requested to meet the schedule provided.

      In accordance with 23 U.S.C. § 147, the Federal share of the costs for most projects eligible under this program in the States is 80 percent.  The maximum share for U.S. territories is 100% in accordance with 23 U.S.C. § 120(h).

    10. Total project cost: ($)

      Provide the total cost of the project. Include only costs that would be eligible for ferry boat funding.

      Indicate the estimated future funding needs for the project, including anticipated requests for additional Federal funding and the items of work for which the funds are needed. For example, if the current request is for an initial phase of construction, funding needs for future construction should be included.

    11. Other funds committed to the project and source of funds: ($ and source)

      Because the annual requests for funding far exceed the available FBD funds, commitment of other funding sources to compliment the requested FBD funds is an important factor in project selection. Projects that leverage other funding from public and non-public sources will be given additional consideration. Include information about the commitment of funds, sources, and uses of all project funds, including Federal funds provided under other programs. Only indicate those amounts of funding that are firm and documented commitments. Do not include funding that was provided for previous projects or phases of work.

    12. Explain how the funding will provide for expeditious completion of project: (Narrative)

      Preference is given to requests that will expedite the completion of a viable project over requests for initial funding of a project that will require a long-term commitment of future Federal funding. For large-scale projects, consideration is given to the State's total funding plan to expedite the completion of the project.

      Provide a discussion of the current status and completion dates of the project, I.e., design, final detail design, environmental review and inclusion in the State or metropolitan planning document and transportation improvement program. Explain how the requested funding will modify the current schedule.

    13. Will the applicant accept a lesser award and still meet the project milestones outlined in the application (Start Date and Completion Date) or advance a significant part of the project? (Y/N)

      If yes, what is the minimum amount of FBD funding the applicant could accept and still meet the project milestones? ($, minimum FBD funds acceptable)

      FBD funding is limited. If the applicant can accept less FBD funding and still meet the project milestones or advance a significant part of the project, the project will be given additional consideration. Do not request funds less than would be necessary to advance an individual project.

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