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Chapter 672-12 GRANT PROGRAMS

Rule 672-12-.01 Definitions

Chapter 12 of the Rules and Regulations lists the grant programs of the Department of Transportation in description as a prerequisite to making grants as required by "The Fair and Open Grants Act of 1993" (Code 1981, Section 28-5-120, enacted by Georgia Legislation 1993, p. 1914, 20).

Rule 672-12-.02 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 3 Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide capital assistance to public transit agencies.
(2) Terms and Conditions. All eligible applicants under 200,000 population must complete an application as outlined in Georgia Administrative Guide to Implement the FTA Section 9 Grant Program for Urbanized Areas Under 200,000 Population. The applicant must also adhere to all FTA regulations outlined in Circular 9030.1A.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Designated public body that has the legal authority to receive and dispense Federal funds.
(4) Criteria for Award. Applicants must submit a grant application to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) along with a Program of Projects. The Program of Projects is approved by the MPO process and is advertised for public review. The grant application is reviewed and approved by FTA subject to Federal funding availability.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Section 3 grant applications may be submitted to GDOT at any time. They are submitted to FTA during the beginning of each quarter (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st or October 1st). Based on funding availability, FTA approves grants by the end of the quarter. Information relating to this grant program may be obtained from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs, 276 Memorial Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3743.

Rule 672-12-.03 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 8 Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide planning assistance to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO).
(2) Terms and Conditions. All MPOs must complete an application as outlined in Administrative Guide For Transit Planning Assistance Under the FTA Section 8 Program for Georgia Metropolitan Planning Organizations. The applicant must also adhere to all FTA regulations outlined in Circular 8100.1A.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Designated Metropolitan Planning Organizations that have the legal authority to receive and dispense Federal funds.
(4) Criteria for Award. Applicants must submit a grant application to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) along with a Budget Information Form outlining the planning elements identified in the Unified Planning Work Program. Prior to grant request, these planning elements are approved by the MPO process. The consolidated grant application on behalf of all MPOs is submitted to FTA for approval.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Section 8 grant applications are submitted to GDOT no later than March 1st of each year. They are typically submitted to FTA on April 1st and are approved on June 30th. Information relating to this grant program may be obtained from the Georgia Department of transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs, 276 Memorial Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3743.

Rule 672-12-.04 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 9 Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide capital, planning or operating assistance to public transit agencies.
(2) Terms and Conditions. All eligible applicants under 200,000 population must complete an application as outlined in Georgia Administrative Guide to Implement the FTA Section 9 Grant Program for Urbanized Areas Under 200,000 Population. The application must also adhere to all FTA regulations outlined in Circular 9030.1A.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Designated public body that has the legal authority to receive and dispense Federal funds.
(4) Criteria for Award. Applicants must submit a grant application to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) along with a Program of Projects. The Program of Projects is approved by the MPO process and is advertised for public review. The grant application is reviewed and approved by FTA.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Section 9 grant applications are typically submitted to GDOT by May 1st of each year. A consolidated grant application is submitted to FTA by July 1st. FTA approves grants by the end of the quarter or September 30th. Information relating to this grant program may be obtained from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs, 276 Memorial Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3743.

Rule 672-12-.05 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 18 Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide capital and operating assistance to rural areas (under 50,000 population).
(2) Terms and Conditions. All eligible applicants in rural areas must complete an application as outlined in Georgia State Management Plan and Administrative Guide for Rural and Small Urban Areas - Section 18. The applicant must also adhere to all FTA regulations outlined in Circular 9040.1B.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Local public bodies and operators of public transportation services that have the legal authority to receive and dispense Federal funds.
(4) Criteria for Award. Applicants must submit to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) an annual grant application by October 1st of each year. The program request is advertised for public review. A consolidated Section 18 grant application is submitted annually for approval by FTA.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Section 18 grant applications are submitted to GDOT by October 1st of each year. A consolidated grant application is submitted to FTA for review. FTA approves grants by the end of the quarter following submission. Information relating to this grant program may be obtained from the Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs, 276 Memorial Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3743.

Rule 672-12-.06 Local Rail Freight Assistance Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide financial assistance for capital projects to preserve and improve local rail freight service.
(2) Terms and Conditions. The recipient must adhere to federal laws and regulations as specified in the federal grant agreement and, 49 CFR part 266 and applicable state laws and regulations.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Rail lines in the State of Georgia which carry three million or less gross tons of freight annually.
(4) Criteria for Award. Available funding is awarded in accordance with the priority placed on each eligible rail line as a result of the detailed analysis performed as part of the State Rail Plan.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Recipient rail lines must be analyzed in the State Rail Plan. The plan is updated periodically and any eligible rail line not currently included in the State Rail Plan may be identified and requested for inclusion by writing the Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Intermodal Programs, 276 Memorial Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3743.

Rule 672-12-.07 Airport Development Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. Airport capital improvement projects including all eligible Federally funded projects.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Provides up to 50% State Grants for Non-Federal share of the project costs.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Owners of Open-To-The-Public Airports.
(4) Criteria for Award. Federally funded projects are given the priority and Non-Federal projects are funded on a "first-come-first served basis".
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Applications for State funds should be received by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation not later than June 30th for consideration in the following fiscal year.

Rule 672-12-.08 Airport Operational Improvement Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. Maintenance and operational safety airport projects.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Provides up to 75% State funding assistance for the construction cost with the exception of pavement marking which is funded at 100%.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Owners of Open-To-The-Public Airports.
(4) Criteria for Award. Projects are selected on a prioritized basis if demand exceeds available funding, otherwise the projects are funded on a "first-come-first served basis".
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Applications for State funds should be received by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation no later than May 31st for consideration in the following fiscal year.

Rule 672-12-.09 Airport Approach Aid Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. Airport projects that aid aircraft in their approach path to a landing area.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Provides up to 75% State funding assistance for construction and engineering costs.
(3) Eligible Recipients. Owners of Open-To-The-Public Airports.
(4) Criteria for Award. Projects are selected on a prioritized basis if demand exceeds available funding, otherwise the projects are funded on a "first-come-first served basis".
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Applications for State funds should be received by the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation not later than June 30th for consideration in the following fiscal year.

Rule 672-12-.10 Transportation Enhancement Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To make available transportation funds for the purpose of enhancing the transportation environment.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Applicants (mostly local governments) submit projects for consideration by an independent advisory body, the Transportation Enhancement Advisory Panel ("TEA Panel"). The proposed projects must have linkage to the intermodal transportation network and must be eligible in one often specified categories. The State Transportation Board has placed a cap of one million dollars on the amount of money any one project sponsor can receive.
(3) Eligible Recipients. All cities and counties within the State are eligible for funding of design and construction projects. Private nonprofits may be eligible for planning studies.
(4) Criteria for Award. The TEA Panel ranks projects according to category-specific criteria developed by the Panel. However, the State Transportation Board adopted only general criteria for selection.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. The current deadline for applications requesting funding in Fiscal Year 1997 is August 15, 1994. Fiscal Years 1994, 1995, and 1996 are already programmed. To obtain an application form and specific directions, a potential applicant should write or call the Georgia Department of Transportation, Office of Planning, No. 2 Capitol Square, Atlanta, Georgia 30334 (phone number 404-656-5411).

Rule 672-12-.11 Local Road Assistance Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide capital assistance for each Local Government (County/City) to maintain through resurfacing the roads and streets within their respective transportation system.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Each Local Government must submit a priority list of desired projects they wish to have considered for the Local Road Assistance Program ("LARP"). The priority list is evaluated by the Department of transportation's engineers based on a needs assessment and cost estimates for the project. The Department of Transportation's engineers make recommendations to the Commissioner of Transportation. Funds for this program are distributed by Board formula among the Congressional Districts and are equitably apportioned among urban and rural areas. Eligible priorities must meet acceptable needs evaluation and funding must be available prior to approval under this Program. No funds from this Program may be utilized to relocate utilities or perform work outside of the existing pavements. Private property or lease property does not qualify for assistance.
(3) Eligible Recipients. All Counties and Cities within the State are eligible.
(4) Criteria for Award. Priorities that are located on the County or City road and street system are eligible for consideration. Resurfacing contracts are issued at the discretion of the Commissioner based upon needs assessments and available funds.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Priority lists are requested from each County and City of roads and streets to be considered. Projects are selected from the priority list and contracts are prepared by the Department of Transportation and let for competitive bidding. Completion dates are established that will allow for the completion of the work during the current paving season after the contract is let. Many Counties and Cities request their LARP contracts to be negotiated in the form of County/City contracts. These contracts do not have a completion date assigned; however the Local Governments are encouraged to complete the project during the same paving season.

All contracts are engineered and supervised by Department of Transportation engineers, following current guidelines and specifications for construction.

Rule 672-12-.12 County and City Contract Program

(1) Scope and Purpose. To provide capital assistance for each Local Government (County/City) to maintain and improve the roads and drainage within their respective transportation systems.
(2) Terms and Conditions. Each Local Government must submit a priority list of desired projects they wish to have considered for State Aid assistance through the County and City Contract Program. The priority list is evaluated by the Department of Transportation's engineers based on a needs assessment and cost estimates for the project. The Department of Transportation's engineers make recommendations to the Commissioner of Transportation.
(3) Eligible Recipients. All Counties and Cities within the State are eligible. State and Local School systems qualify but funding contracts are through respective Counties and Cities.
(4) Criteria for Award. Priorities that are located on the County, City, or State property are eligible for consideration. Eligible priorities must meet acceptable needs evaluation and funding must be available prior to approval under this Program. County and City Contracts are issued at the discretion of the Commissioner for paving, resurfacing, sidewalks, drainage materials, parking facilities, etc. Minimum rights of way requirements set by the Department of Transportation Board must be acquired for consideration.
(5) Directions and Deadlines. Priority lists can be submitted at any time but the Local Governments are encouraged to submit them once a year and updated on a yearly basis. Projects are selected from the priority list by separate request and selected projects are prepared for contract. County and City Contracts have no deadline for completion of the project but the Local Governments are encouraged to complete the work in a timely manner. County and City Contracts placed out for bid by the Department have completion dates established based on time needed to complete the project. Counties and Cities with contracts authorized but not awarded due to rights of way or other clearance problems are encouraged to proceed diligently toward clearance of the project or remove the project from their priority list. This will allow the funds to be used on other projects.

All contracts are engineered and supervised by Department of Transportation engineers, following current guidelines and specifications for construction.