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Purpose

FTA is currently developing a Rule for the New and Small Starts programs that addresses the provisions in the transportation statute, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).  While the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for that Rule (NPRM) includes the overall framework for the evaluation of New and Small Starts projects, as well as the criteria, their weights, and in some cases the measures for the criteria, many of the criteria measures were not described in the NPRM.  The purpose of this document is to describe for comment by interested parties the measures not addressed in the NPRM, as well as how they will be used to determine a rating for each of the criteria.  The intent is to not replicate information contained in the NPRM so that commenters will not have to respond to the same issues in two separate documents.  FTA will incorporate any changes made in response to comments made to this document, and issue a revised document when the Final Rule is issued.  

Interested parties may submit written comments to the Dockets Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590.  Please submit comments identified by the docket number (FTA-2007-28780) by any of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal:  http://www.regulations.gov.   Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.  

Web Site: http://dms.dot.gov.  Follow the instructions for submitting comments on the DOT electronic docket site.

Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590.

Hand Delivery: To the Docket Management System; U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC 20590, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

All submissions must include the agency name and docket number or Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for this notice.  For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation heading of the Supplementary Information section of this document.  Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://dms.dot.gov including any personal information provided.  Please see the Privacy Act heading under Supplementary Information.  For access to the docket and to read background documents or comments received, go to http://dms.dot.gov at any time or to the Docket Management System.

1 New Starts

1.1 New Starts Project Justification

FTA proposes that the criteria for evaluation of project justification be organized into two major categories that identify different impacts of projects -- effectiveness and cost effectiveness.  

Federal Transit AdministrationPage 3

Guidance on New Starts Policies and ProceduresJuly, 2007

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