Research and Demonstration Projects to assess the impacts that transportation planning and investment operations have on minority and low-income populations.
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RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS TO ASSESS THE IMPACTS THAT TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AND INVESTMENT OPERATIONS HAVE ON MINORITY AND LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS.
County governments Public and State controlled institutions of higher education Small businesses Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification) Individuals For profit organizations other than small businesses Private institutions of higher education Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
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Individuals, private institutions of higher education, nonprofits having a 501(c)3 status, for-profit organizations other than small businesses, public transit agencies, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations, and state Departments of Transportation.
SUMMARY: This solicitation is for proposals for up to three cooperative agreements for research to assess the impacts of transportation planning and investment operations have on minority and low-income populations under the Transportation Equity Research Program (TERP). The major goal of the TERP is for research and demonstration activities that focus on the impacts that transportation planning, investment, and operations have on low-income and minority populations that are transit dependent. These cooperative agreements are four year awards. The total available funding for the first year is for $245,000. Subsequent funding is authorized at $250,000 per year in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act--A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU); actual funding will be based on annual appropriations.BACKGROUNDTransit providers, MPOs, and State DOTs in receipt of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are required to comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related DOT policy and guidance.Section 601 of Title VI states that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." (42 U.S.C Section 2000d). The DOT Title VI regulations prohibit intentional discrimination, as well as, policies and administrative activities that have the effect of discriminating against persons on the basis of race, color, and national origin. Executive Order 12898, "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations, " (issued in 1994) contains three fundamental principles, 1) to avoid, minimize, and mitigate disproportionately high and adverse human health and environmental impacts, including social and economic effects, on minority populations and low-income populations; 2) to ensure full and fair participation by all potentially affected communities in the agencys decision making process; and, 3) to prevent denial of, reduction in, or significant delay in the receipt of benefits by minority and low-income populations. The DOT Order on Environmental Justice states that DOT will continually monitor its programs, policies, and activities to ensure that disproportionately high and adverse effects on minority and low-income communities are avoided, minimized, and mitigated. The DOT Order applies to all policies, programs, and other activities that are undertaken, funded, or approved by the FTA, including policy decisions, systems planning, metropolitan and statewide planning, project development and environmental review under NEPA, construction, and operations and maintenance. FTA recipients who perform these activities would benefit from guidance that describes what steps to take to ensure that their activities are in compliance with the DOT Order 5610.2. Research and demonstration projects on the impacts of transportation projects on minority and low-income persons would help DOT funding recipients comply with these Title VI and environmental justice requirements. OBJECTIVES The proposed research and demonstration activities will: . Fulfill the purpose of the transportation equity earmark at Section 3046(a)(3) to conduct "research and demonstration activities that focus on the impacts that transportation planning, investment, and operations have on low-income and minority populations," and to "develop training programs that promote the employment of low-income and minority residents on Federal-aid transportation projects constructed in their communities." . Support FTAs vision of thriving communities that grow around transportation.. Support FTAs efforts to ensure recipients comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. TASKS FTA will fund research proposals that meet the objectives of SAFETEA-LU Section 3046(a)(3) under the TERP. Examples of types of research and/or demonstration projects that would meet these objectives are: . Research on the health impacts in low-income and/or minority communities associated with transportation impacts on air quality, pedestrian safety, and transportation access to health-related services along with research on efforts made to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts.. Research on the economic effects of limited transportation options to employment locations and effective practices in providing job-access transportation. . Research or demonstration projects designed to assist low-income households reduce the percentage of their income that must be spent on transportation costs, without affecting opportunities and standard of living, so that low-income households can direct more money towards savings for necessities and future needs. . Research on the economic effects of transit-oriented development in minority and low-income communities and in particular the extent to which transit-oriented development has resulted in the involuntary displacement of minority and low-income households due to rising property values. . Research and/or demonstration projects on the quality and accessibility of public information on transportation decisionmaking and strategies on public engagement processes that overcome linguistic, institutional, cultural, economic, historical, or other barriers that may prevent minority and low-income persons and populations from effectively participating in a recipients decision-making process.. Research or demonstration projects designed to collect and disseminate effective practices from and to recipients that transportation agencies can use to comply with Federal civil rights policies related to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. AWARD INFORMATIONFTA will fund up to three cooperative agreements for a four-year award. Funding for each cooperative agreement under this program will range from $50,000 to $500,000. The total available funding for the first year is for $245,000. Subsequent funding is authorized at $250,000 per year in SAFETEA-LU; actual funding will be based on annual appropriations. The FTA will participate in activities by attending review meetings, commenting on technical reports, maintaining frequent contact with the project manager and approving key decisions and activities any redirecting activities if needed.