Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Public Transportation. Task 51. Approaches To Improving the Grant Approval Processes for Transit Projects

The current Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grant approval processes were developed and revised over many years. The review and approval processes have evolved to meet changing demands and programs, and have also become more complicated.  Previous research on examining issues associated with the grant processes include National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Results Digest 320: Current State Issues with Implementing FTA Section 5310 and 5311 , and NCHRP RRD 314: State DOT Staff Resources for Administering FTA Programs.  The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has also published related assessments of various grant management programs. The objective of this research is to examine approaches for improving the FTA grant approval processes particularly as it relates to streamlining applications and releasing funds to agencies quickly. More broadly, the research will examine how transportation funding approval processes and approaches may be applied to transit projects and FTA funding processes. The researchers will examine different grant program models, approaches and practices in use by other agencies with the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) (e.g., Federal Highway Administration [FHWA] and Federal Aviation administration [FAA]) as well as other relevant grant-administering programs. The research will seek to identify existing process limitations and barriers as well as the potential benefits to streamlining opportunities. The researchers will seek to identify processes that have expedited approval processes using various process tools such as programmatic agreements, pre-defined scopes of work, standardized specifications, recurring and routine procurements, standards for other recurring and routine activities, and "grouping" projects with similar scopes of work.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $50000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-65, Task

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Performing Organizations:

    Kittleson and Associates

  • Principal Investigators:

    Overman, John

  • Start Date: 20131010
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20141230
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38909

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549660
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-65, Task
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 8 2015 1:00AM