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JTA Starts Pursuit of Economic Stimulus Program

The JTA is currently applying for funding under the Economic Stimulus program known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) of 2009 and will need to be able to meet all of the standard federal provisions for Grant and Cooperative Agreement applications, including but not limited to, obtaining Authorizing Resolutions and filing Notices of Public Hearing. Please note additional guidance below from the Florida Department of Transportation:

FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSPORTATION STIMULUS PROJECTS

All federal requirements for federal-aid transportation projects are retained, so all candidate projects must be assessed to ensure these requirements can be met within the approval timelines. The following are examples of requirements applicable to transportation projects funded under the Act: 

• All projects in a metropolitan area must be included in an approved Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and all projects located in a non-metropolitan area must be included in the STIP.

• Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), all projects must have completed the required assessments of environmental impacts.

• Right of way on projects must have been acquired pursuant to the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies.

• American iron, steel and manufactured goods are to be used in projects, except in certain instances.

• Pursuant to the Davis-Bacon Act, all construction workers must be compensated appropriately for the tasks they perform, according to the prevailing rates determined by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

• Local governments wishing to administer projects must be certified under FDOT’s Local Agency Program (LAP) and must comply with all applicable federal requirements as listed in FDOT’s LAP Manual available at: www.dot.state.fl.us/projectmanagementoffice/lap/LAP_TOC.shtm

• Transit projects must be coordinated with the relevant transit operating agency, MPO or FDOT. Rail and airport projects must meet the respective federal agency requirements and should be coordinated with the relevant MPO and FDOT.

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