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FTA has released the long awaited draft guidance on the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program which provides a deeper level of detail about the critieria for rating and evaluating New Start, Small Start and Core Capacity transit projects.
Most notably the guidance includes proposed:
- measures and breakpoints for the congestion relief criterion for New Starts and Small Starts;
- evaluation and rating process for Core Capacity projects, including the measures and breakpoints for all the applicable project justification and local financial commitment criteria;
- prerequisites for entry into each phase of the New Starts/Small Starts/Core Capacity processes and the requirements for completing each phase; and
- ways in which certain New Starts, Small Starts, and Core Capacity projects can qualify for "warrants" entitling them to automatic ratings on some evaluation criteria.
Here is a link to the April 8, 2015 Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the proposed interim policy guidance.
Here is a link to the proposed policy guidance itself.
Comments are due to FTA by May 8, 2015.