On June 13, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved the Program of Projects for the FY 2017 apportionment of funds from the Federal Transit Administration. In August, FDOT District 7 notified Hernando County of the Governor's Apportionment which indicated that the amount of available funds had increased. Attached is an update to the Program of Projects based upon the funding allocation from the Governor's Apportionment Letter.
The program is based upon available funding, estimated project costs and transit program priorities. The grants are multi-year funding awards and existing grant awards are utilized toward the program until grant close-out.
Agencies applying for Federal funding assistance for transit related activities must publish a “Program of Projects (POP)” to satisfy the public participation requirements. The POP contains multi-year activities consistent with the Transit Development Plan (TDP) adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and contained in the MPO Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Capital (CAP) activities are eligible for reimbursement at 100% with the use of State toll revenue credits as a soft match as approved by the State. Operating (OP) activities are eligible for reimbursement at 50% Federal funding, 25% State Block grant funding, and a 25% local match that will be budgeted from local option gas tax (Ninth Cent). The grant application will be based upon the attached POP for FY17. The updated POP activities coincide with the Governor’s Apportionment Letter, and include the following:
· Operating Assistance (OP) - Ongoing expenses associated with the daily operation and management of the transit system.
· Project Administration (CAP) - General administration expenses (salaries & fringe benefits) associated with the oversight of transit project activities.
· Preventive Maintenance (CAP) - Repairs and maintenance expenses (materials, labor, services, etc.) required to maintain the transit fleet.
· ADA Bus Stop Improvements (CAP) - Accessibility improvements at various bus stops to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
· Demand Response (ADA) Vehicle Replacement - Procurement of two demand response vehicles to replace vehicles that have met the minimum useful life definition of the Federal Transit Administration
· Fixed Route Vehicle Replacement (CAP) - Procurement of two heavy duty buses to replace vehicles that have met the minimum useful life definition of the Federal Transit Administration.
· Electronic Farebox Point-of-Sale Equipment and Fixed Route Vehicle Equipment (CAP) - Procurement of equipment necessary to administer the electronic farebox system and equipment to outfit two vehicles with hardware/software consistent with its computerized system.
· Transit Shelter and Amenities - Procurement of a transit shelter and amenities for the transit system
· Ancillary Capital Equipment (CAP) - Ancillary capital equipment (signs, bike racks, farebox stanchions, etc.)