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Applications due August 6 for FTA's Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program - webinar on June 18
Posted May 15, 2019 - Updated June 11, 2019
On May 9, 2019, FTA announced the availability of funding under the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) Demonstration Program. The IMI program funds research in the three areas: Mobility on Demand (MOD) demonstration projects, Transit Automation (to explore the use of vehicle automation technologies in bus transit operations), and Mobility Payment Integration (MPI) research. Eligible applicants for IMI projects are providers of public transportation, including public transportation agencies, state/local government DOTs, and federally recognized Indian tribes. Applicants must identify one or more strategic project partner(s) with a substantial interest and involvement in the project. Applications for IMI funding are due August 6, 2019.
On Tuesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. EDT, FTA will host a second webinar for potential applicants and other stakeholders interested in the IMI Demonstration Program. FTA staff will provide further information on the application process, key requirements, including data, and will answer frequently asked questions.
Scholarships offered; applications due June 17
Posted May 7, 2019
The American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) will award a minimum of 21 scholarships to college students or transit professionals pursuing or advancing a career in the public transit industry. Awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 each will cover the academic year, beginning in the fall 2019 semester, and may be used to assist with tuition costs or other educational expenses. Eligibility is limited to college sophomores, juniors, seniors, or advanced degree students at a fully accredited institution, with a 3.0 minimum GPA. Applicants must be sponsored by an American Public Transportation Association (APTA) member organization. The 2019 scholars will receive free registration and a travel stipend to attend APTA's 2019 TRANSform Conference, which will be held in New York, NY, October 13-16. At the conference, they will have the opportunity to attend workshops and sessions as well as meet with industry professionals from across the country. Applications must be submitted electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 17, 2019. To complete the online application or to learn more about the APTF, please visit aptfd.org.
FMCSA seeks public comments on Safe Integration of Automated Driving Systems-Equipped Commercial Motor Vehicles
Posted May 28, 2019 - updated May 31, 2019
On May 28, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) of the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on automated driving systems (ADS) equipped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). FMCSA requests public comment about Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that may need to be amended, revised, or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of ADS-equipped CMVs onto U.S. roadways. In approaching the task of adapting its regulations to accommodate automated vehicle technologies, FMCSA is considering changes to its rules to account for significant differences between human operators and ADS. On May 31, FMCSA published a correction to the ANPRM in the Federal Register with a corrected due date for public comments. Comments are due no later than July 29, 2019 to Docket Number FMCSA–2018–0037.
U.S. DOT publishes Drug Testing Rule; “opiates” replaced with “opioids” on new MIS form
Posted April 24, 2019
On April 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule that makes minor technical corrections to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations governing drug testing for safety-sensitive employees (as well as to ensure consistency with the recent amendments made to the DOT’s regulation, “Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs,” 49 CFR Part 40, which added requirements to test for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone to DOT-regulated drug testing programs. The changes to the DOT’s regulation make it necessary to refer to these substances, as well as the previously covered drugs morphine, 6-acetylmorphine, and codeine, by the more inclusive term “opioids,” rather than “opiates.” This rule amends the term in the FAA, FTA, and PHMSA regulations to ensure that all DOT drug testing rules are consistent with one another and with the Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs. In addition, this rule makes a conforming amendment to include the term “opioids” in the wording of the DOT’s annual information collection requirement and clarifications to section 40.26 and Appendix H regarding the requirement for employers to follow the DOT’s instructions for the annual information collection. The DOT MIS form has been updated with “opioids” instead of “opiates.”
FTA Seeks to Put Brakes on Human Trafficking, Offers $4 Million in Funding Opportunities
Posted March 29, 2019 - Updated April 19, 2019
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has launched a new Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative. The initiative includes two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) totaling $4 million to prevent human trafficking and other crimes that may occur on buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation. Each NOFO offers $2 million in competitive funding and the application submission deadline for both is May 28, 2019.
- The goal of the Innovations in Transit Public Safety NOFO is to develop projects that assist transit agencies with identifying and adopting specific measures to address public safety in transit systems, including crime prevention, human trafficking, and operator assault. Eligible applicants for this program include state and local governmental entities; providers of public transportation; nonprofit organizations; or a consortium of entities, including a provider of public transportation, that will share costs, risks, and rewards of early deployment and demonstration of innovation. Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) database.
- The Crime Prevention and Public Safety Awareness NOFO has the goal of developing and disseminating materials supporting public safety awareness campaigns for transit systems, including crime prevention, human trafficking, and operator assault. Eligibility for this program is limited to national nonprofit organizations.
The FTA Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative builds upon the USDOT's work with transportation stakeholders across all modes of transportation to prevent human trafficking.
FTA hosted two webinars on these initiatives which can be streamed through the links on this web page (scroll down to bottom half of the page).