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TPO Economic Stimulus

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)

President Obama has signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that provides significant new funding for transportation infrastructure.

As a large Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or otherwise known as Traffic Management Area (TMA), the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) was apportioned $8,388,329 for the Tennessee portion and $2,244,285 for the Georgia portion of our metropolitan planning area from the Federal Highway Program and apportioned $4,700,148 from the Federal Transit Program specifically for public transit capital and fixed guideway projects. On January 16, 2009 the TPO issued a call for all jurisdictions and transportation agencies of the MPO to prepare and submit their prioritized project lists by February 1, 2009. It was requested that the projects be selected and prioritized by the jurisdiction/agency based on safety, the Functional Classification of Streets, multimodal considerations, roadway/pavement condition, and economic impact. Air quality committee reviews and public comment periods for the proposed projects were conducted between February and March. Seven jurisdictions finalized prioritized lists of projects which were ranked by the same selection/prioritization criteria and approved by the TPO Board on March 3, 2009. Details of the funds and projects are provided below as status statements or links to specific documents. Additional ARRA resource links have been provided for reference and tracking of new developments.

MPO (TPO) Accountability Letter – Congressman Oberstar’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (PDF download)

05/07/09 Status Statement:  The TPO is collecting certification/commitment letters from all local agencies receiving ARRA funds through the MPO apportionment process. These letters are available for viewing in the link below.

Local Government Commitment/Certification Letters (PDF download)

For questions or comments contact Melissa Taylor, Director of Transportation Planning for the Regional Planning Agency, at 423.643.5900 or via email at taylor_melissa@mail.chattanooga.gov.


MPO Apportioned Funds, TIP Amendments, and FHWA Approvals

04/24/09 Status Statement: The TPO will be requesting that each local government/agency certify their commitment of involvement with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funding program.

Blank Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Local Certification Form (PDF download)

04/03/09 Status Statement: The TPO is requesting all jurisdictions responsible for implementing ARRA project sign a letter of agreement acknowledging their responsibilities and commitments under ARRA. These commitment letters will be available in May.

04/02/09 Status Statement:  The TPO Board approved Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) amendments/adjustments for the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia area needed for ARRA projects last month.  These amendments/adjustments are provided below in PDF file format for easy download.  Once FHWA/FTA approves these changes to the TIP document, the FHWA/FTA letter will posted.  Additional amendments will be posted as processed with a new Status Statement.

TDOT Pending I-75 Welcome Center & I-24 Welcome Center, Board Approval: April-May, 2009 (coming soon)

TDOT Requested Amendments Bridge & Resurfacing/Preventative Maintenance, Board Approval: February-March, 2009 (PDF download), FHWA Approval Letter (PDF)

MPO (TPO) Local Amendments Resurfacing/Preventative Maintenance & Bicycle/Pedestrian, Board Approval: March, 2009 (PDF download), FHWA Approval Letter (PDF)

Transit Requested Amendments Capital & Fixed Guideway, Board Approval: February-March, 2009 (PDF download), FTA Approval Letter (PDF)

03/27/09 Status Statement: Less than 3% of all the apportioned funds ($15,332,762) of the metropolitan planning area have yet to be approved through the metropolitan planning process.


Federal Reporting Due Dates

05/07/09 Status Statement:  The TPO submitted to TDOT and GDOT the second round of reporting with the new Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Reporting forms due May 15th.

            Report 2 MPO (TPO) Tennessee Portion (PDF download)

            Report 2 MPO (TPO) North Georgia Portion (PDF download)

04/02/09 Status Statement:  The TPO and Transit Agency submitted to TN and GA Departments of Transportation the first set of reporting requirements due April 3, 2009.  These documents are available for download as PDF files below.

Highway Infrastructure Investment Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Recovery Act Reporting Form

            MPO (TPO) Tennessee Portion (PDF download)

            MPO (TPO) North Georgia Portion (PDF download)

            Transit Capital Program Reporting Form – Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (PDF download)

            Transit Fixed Guideway Program Reporting Form – Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (PDF download)

FHWA 1586 Proposed Projects Report Form – MPO (TPO) Tennessee and North Georgia

The 1st Set of Reporting Forms Due to Congress April 4, 2009.

03/27/09 Status Statement:  The TPO and Transit Agencies will submit to the TN and GA Departments of Transportation the required Highway Infrastructure Investment Program Transportation and Infrastructure Congressional Committee ARRA Reporting Form on or before April 1, 2009 (http://transportation.house.gov/singlepages/singlepages.aspx?NewsID=852).

Economically Distressed Counties

The federal reporting requirements require citation of economically distressed designation.  Two updated PDF maps are provided below for designations in Tennessee and Georgia.

Tennessee Economic Status by County, July 2008 (PDF download)

Georgia Economic Status by County, October 2008 (PDF download)


MPO Approved Projects

1/1/10 Status Statement:  December 8, 2010 the TPO Board approved to shift returned ARRA funds to additional resurfacing projects in the Georgia Portion. The following PDF is the final Board Approved ARRA project list with these revisions.

Detailed Final Board Approved Project List by Funding Program (PDF download)

05/07/09 Status Statement:  May 5, 2009 the TPO Board accepted prioritization recommendations from the Executive Staff for final allocations of the $8.3 Million apportioned in our TN area and $2.2 Million in our GA area.

Detailed Second Round of Board Approved Projects by Funding Program (PDF download)

04/03/09 Status Statement:  April 28, 2009 the TPO Executive Staff (technical representatives) will meet to discuss final priorities of the ARRA available funding and any necessary changes to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). 

03/27/09 Status Statement:  On March 3, 2009 the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization finalized $14,899,865 of projects for the Tennessee and Georgia metropolitan planning area.  These projects are detailed and mapped in the PDFs below:

Detailed TPO Board Approved Project List by Funding Program (PDF download)

Map of Approved Projects by Congressional District (PDF download)


Other Transportation Funding Programs

03/27/09 Status Statement:  Aside from the apportionments by formula for the metropolitan planning area, there are two additional transportation specific discretionary funding programs outlined in the ARRA legislation (detailed below). 

1). Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction (TIGGER) – minimum application $2,000,000 applicant can be a transit agency, MPO, or other established regional entity, grant program now open as published in the Federal Register and proposals are due May 22, 2009. 

Who’s Applying? The Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), a transit agency with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia TPO metropolitan planning area is currently preparing an application for these funds.

2). Discretionary Supplemental Grants for a National Transportation System Program (Multimodal) – minimum application $20,000,000 designated for national, statewide, or regional proposals including intercity and high-speed rail projects, but the program is not yet open.  Guidance will be provided by the U.S. DOT.


ARRA Resource Links

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/index.htm

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - http://www.fta.dot.gov/index_9118.html

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) - http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/recovery/default.htm

TDOT Aeronautics Division - http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/aeronautics/

Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) - http://www.dot.state.ga.us/informationcenter/gastimulus

Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority - http://www.carta-bus.org/

Southeast TN Human Resources Agency - http://www.sethratransit.org/

American Public Transportation Association (APTA) ARRA - http://www.apta.com/government_affairs/recovery/index.cfm

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - http://www.nasa.gov/recovery/index.html



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