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Call for Projects Funding 2017

 

CALL FOR PROJECTS PRE-PROPOSAL WORKSHOP PRESENTATION IS NOW AVAILABLE

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The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Designated Recipient for the Urbanized Area Formula Program (§5307) and the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (§5310) in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Denton-Lewisville urbanized areas.  

 

On February 27, 2017, NCTCOG will open a competitive Call for Projects to award funding to projects that support transit options for low-income individuals (Urbanized Area Formula Program funds for Job Access/Reverse Commute projects); and seniors and individuals with disabilities (Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program funding).

 

The Call for Projects will close on April 7, 2017.

 

 

Funding Available

 

The 2017 Call for Projects has approximately $5.5M million in Federal Transit Administration funding available for competitive award in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (DFWA) and Denton-Lewisville (DL) urbanized areas. A map of the North Texas region identifying the urbanized areas can be reviewed here.  Projects submitted for consideration should focus on an urbanized area, or originate/terminate in an urbanized area.

 

Estimated funding available for competitive award is listed in the table below – actual amounts will be confirmed in Summer 2017.



Program

Est. Funds

Available for
DFWA UZA

Est. Funds

Available for
DL UZA

Eligible Expenses
Urbanized Area Formula Program (§5307) - Job Access/Reverse Commute Projects
$3.0M
$223k
Capital, Operating, Planning
Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (§5310)

 

 

$2.0M

(up to $516k may be used for operating)

 

 

 

 

$222k

(capital projects only)

 

Capital and Operating

 

 

 


Pre-Proposal Workshops

The North Central Texas Council of Governments will hold two pre-proposal workshops for prospective project applicants to learn more about the Call for Projects. Applicants are encouraged to attend at least one of the pre-proposal workshops (both workshops will cover the same information). Please RSVP to Therese Bergeon at tbergeon@nctcog.org or (817) 695-9267 for the workshop you plan to attend.

 

DATE
March 8, 2017
March 10, 2017
TIME
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
10:00 am to 11:30 am
LOCATION
Denton City Hall

NCTCOG Offices

Centerpoint II Building

ADDRESS

215 E. McKinney Street

Denton, TX  76201

616 Six Flags Drive

Arlington, TX  76011


Questions will be taken at the workshops or through email to Leah Brown at lbrown2@nctcog.org until Friday, March 17, 2017. Responses to all questions will be posted on the NCTCOG website at www.nctcog.org/ftafunding no later than Friday, March 24, 2017.

 

Due to technical difficulties, a video recording from the March 10th meeting is not available at this time. Please find a link to the presentation here along with an audio file here. Below is a time index of the audio file that follows the agenda shown on slide 2. Feel free to contact Leah Brown for any questions or clarifications on the presentation provided at the workshops.

 

Agenda Topic
Time Index (minutes)
Agenda
1:05
NCTCOG and the Metropolitan Planning Organization
2:23
2017 Call for Projects Overview & Funding
3:10
Urbanized Area Forumula Program funds for Job Access/Reverse Commute (JA/RC) Projects
6:30
Enhanced Mobility of Seniors & Individuals with Disabilities Program
8:17
Application Information
10:36
Project Evaluation and Timeline
21:20
Other Related Information
25:51
Questions
32:55

 

 

 


Intent to Submit

 

 

Completion of an Intent to Submit Form (below) notifies NCTCOG staff of an organization’s interest in the 2017 Call for Projects. A reminder notice will be sent two weeks in advance of the application deadline. Completion of this form is optional.



Application Information and Materials

 

To be considered for Job Access/Reverse Commute project funding and/or the Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program, project proposals must be received by 5 pm, Central Standard Time, on Friday, April 7, 2017.   

 

Project proposals must consist of one (1) original hard copy and one (1) electronic copy to be provided on a CD or flash drive in portable document format (PDF).  Graphics, such as maps or photographs, can also be submitted as PDF files. 

 

NCTCOG must have the submitted project proposals “in hand” at the NCTCOG office by the submission deadline.  Proposals that are postmarked, but not received, by the deadline do not constitute an on-time submission.  In addition, supplemental information will not be accepted after the submission deadline.  Project sponsors are encouraged to submit their proposals far enough in advance of the submission deadline to allow NCTCOG staff to review proposals for completeness.

 

Application Information Packet

 

Job Access/Reverse Commute Project Submittal Form

 

Job Access/Reverse Commute Project Budget Form

 

Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Project Submittal Form

 

Enhanced Mobility for Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Project Budget Form

 


Evaluation Criteria

 

Projects will be awarded through a competitive selection process. Each project proposal will be screened for completeness and timeliness. Proposals that are deemed incomplete or arrive after the deadline will not be reviewed. Complete proposals will undergo a two-step screening and evaluation process. 

 

The initial screening process will seek to confirm basic requirements such as agency, program, and project eligibility, as well as consistency with the Access North Texas Plan. Projects that meet these basic eligibility requirements will be evaluated based on the following scoring matrix:


Needs Assessment
25 points
Implementation, Operations and Sustainability
40 points
Coordination, Collaboration and Partnership
20 points
Overall Strategic Value
15 points
TOTAL
100 points

 

Applications will be evaluated based on responses to brief questions relating to the criteria above.  Projects recommended for funding will be brought to the Surface Transportation Technical Committee (STTC) and the Regional Transportation Council (RTC) for final approval. Applicants will be notified of the final awards after the Executive Board takes action on recommended project selections, tentatively scheduled for October 2017.  

 

NCTCOG is not obligated to fund a proposal from a project sponsor that has demonstrated marginal or unsatisfactory performance on previous grants and/or contracts with NCTCOG or other state agencies. NCTCOG is not obligated to fund a proposal from a project sponsor based on a determination of the risks associated with the project sponsor, including the financial condition or organizational capacity of the project sponsor as well as other risk factors as may be determined by NCTCOG. 

 

NCTCOG may base funding decisions on factors associated with best achieving the goals of the program, and NCTCOG is not obligated to select a project for funding. Additionally, NCTCOG may select parts of a proposal for funding and may offer to fund less than the dollar amount requested in a proposal.  NCTCOG reserves the right not to fund every project and reprogram remaining funds for a later call.

 



Schedule

Call for Projects Opens

February 27, 2017

Pre-Proposal Workshop

March 8, 2017

Pre-Proposal Workshop

March 10, 2017

Questions/Answers Due

March 17, 2017 / March 24, 2017

Call for Projects Closes

April 7, 2017

Public Meetings on Recommended Projects

August 2017

NCTCOG Committees Approval of Recommendations

August-October 2017

Contract Execution with Successful Applicants

November 2017

Projects Start

March 2018

Note: The dates above are anticipated and may be subject to change.

Questions

 

Please contact NCTCOG Project Staff listed below for questions or comments regarding the 2017 Call for Projects.

 

Leah Brown
Transportation Planner III
lbrown2@nctcog.org
(817) 695-9295

 

Jamie Patel
Principal Transportation Planner
jpatel@nctcog.org
(817) 608-2377

 

For a list of Questions and Answers from previous Calls for Projects, click here.

 

                                                          

 


 

Call for Projects OPENS:
February 27, 2017

Application Information Packet

Job Access/Reverse Commute
Project Submittal Form

Job Access/Reverse Commute
Project Budget Form

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Project Submittal Form

Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Project
Budget Form

2017 Call for Projects
Questions and Answers

   
   
   
   
   
 
 

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