[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 16 (Wednesday, January 25, 2012)]
[Pages 3838-3839]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-1195]



Federal Transit Administration

[Docket No. FTA-2010-0009]

Notice of Availability of Proposed New Starts/Small Starts Policy 

AGENCY: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the Federal Transit 
Administration's (FTA) Proposed Policy Guidance on New Starts/Small 
Starts and requests your comments on it. This document compliments the 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Major Capital Investment Projects by 
describing the detailed measures proposed for evaluation of projects 
seeking New Starts and Small Starts funding and the way these measures 
would be used in project ratings if adopted. The proposed regulations 
and appendix are intended to act as a framework for the project 
evaluation and rating process, and the proposed policy guidance fills 
in the details.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 26, 2012. Late 
filed comments will be considered to the extent practicable.

ADDRESSES: Comments: You may submit comments identified by docket 
number (FTA-2010-0009) by any of the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
    U.S. Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 
West Building, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
    Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket 
Operations, West Building, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.
    Fax: (202) 493-2251.
    Instructions: You must include the agency name (Federal Transit 
Administration) and the docket number (FTA-2010-0009) or the Regulatory 
Identification Number (2132-AB02) for this rulemaking at the beginning 
of your comments. All comments received will be posted, without change 
and including any personal information provided, to http://www.regulations.gov, where they will be available to internet users. 
Please see, the Privacy Act.

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    You must submit two copies if your comments if you submit them by 
mail. If you wish to receive confirmation that FTA received your 
comments, you must include a self-addressed, stamped postcard. Due to 
security procedures in effect since October 2001 regarding mail 
deliveries, mail received through the U.S. Postal Service may be 
subject to delays. Parties submitting comments may wish to consider 
using an express mail firm to ensure the prompt filing of any 
submissions not filed electronically or by hand.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For program matters, Elizabeth Day, 
Office of Planning and Environment, (202) 366-5159 or 
[email protected]. For legal matters, Christopher VanWyk, (202) 
366-1733 or [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: As described in the notice of proposed 
rulemaking to amend the regulation under which the Federal Transit 
Administration evaluates and rates major new transit investments 
seeking funding under the discretionary ``New Start'' and ``Small 
Starts'' program authorized by Section 5309 of Title 49, U.S. Code, FTA 
is making available this proposed policy guidance for public comment. 
Section 5309(d)(6) of Title 49, U.S. Code, requires the FTA to publish 
policy guidance regarding the major capital investment program review 
and evaluation process and criteria each time significant changes are 
made, but not less frequently than once every two years. Further, the 
law requires FTA to invite and respond to public comment on proposed 
policy guidance. FTA invites comments on the proposed policy guidance, 
which is available in the docket (under the docket number provided 
above) and on FTA's public Web site.

    Issued on: January 17, 2012.
Peter Rogoff,
FTA Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2012-1195 Filed 1-24-12; 8:45 am]