With the FY2012 Budget Submission, FTA has reorganized its programs to mirror a new overall structure that promotes the Administration's priorities for public transportation and that moves forward on a number of FTA reauthorization proposals.
Specifically, the Administration proposes the following Transit Accounts for FY 2012: Transit Formula Grants, Bus and Rail State of Good Repair, Transit Expansion and Livable Communities, Operations and Safety and National Research & Technology Deployment.
With respect specifically to the FTA's National Research & Technology Deployment Account, FTA proposes $129.2 million in funding for the following programs in FY 2012.
National Research supports efforts in:
Transit Cooperative Research Program: $9.73M which supports research work identified and carried out by consensus of a committee representing the transit industry.
University Transportation Centers Program: $8.0M to support universities for public transportation research, curriculum development, and training.
National Public Transportation Institutes:$5.0M to provide workforce training in planning and service concepts, operation improvements and safety, human resource policies, and management development and effectiveness.
Greenhouse gas and Energy Reduction Deployment and Demonstration Program: $75M
This research program builds upon efforts previously funded out of the FTA Capital account. This research will focus on advancing vehicle energy management, the electrification of accessories, bus design, rail transit energy management, locomotive design, and alternative fuels. In addition FTA will conduct policy-oriented research on implementation strategies to improve energy efficiency and provide more energy alternatives in transit.
NOTE: A major difference between the FY2010 enacted research budget and the FY2012 proposal is that with FY2012, FTA is seeking to establish a standalone technical assistance activities account distinct from research. The separate program would provide funding for training and capacity building in safety and security, finance and policy, state of good repair, livability, and environmental sustainability for transit agencies and other transit stakeholders. ($34M)
(In thousands of dollars)
|FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION||FY 2010
|A. National Program||22,559||20,000||12,500||2,000|
|Safety Innovative Research||2,236||2,000||0||2,000|
|Bus Testing Program (T)||0||2,000||NA||NA|
|Rail Infrastructure Program||2,400||2,000||2,000||0|
|Industry Analysis Research||708||500||500||0|
|Transit Standards Support||0||0||0||0|
|Transit Standards Support (T)||0||1,000||NA||NA|
|Asset Mgt & Maintenance Research||5,400||1,000||1,000||0|
|Improve Transit Planning and Forcasting||3,725||1,000||1,000||0|
|Improve the Rider Experience||780||1,500||1,500||0|
|Transit Conductivity Research||1,886||1,500||1,500||0|
|Rural and Targeted Populations Research||2,667||2,000||2,000||0|
|International Public Transportation Program||0||0||0||0|
|International Public Transportation Program (T)||30||500||NA||NA|
|Provide Transit Research Leadership||0||0||0||0|
|Provide Transit Research Leadership (T)||0||2,000||NA||NA|
|Small Business Innovative Research||400||1,000||1,000||0|
|B. Technical Assistance and Workforce Development (T)||20,272||0||0||0|
|C. Transit Cooperative Research Program (T)||10,000||9,729||NA||NA|
|D. National Transit Institute (T)||4,300||0||0||0|
|E. University Transportation Centers (T)||7,000||8,000||NA||NA|
|Clean Fuels and Environmental Research||1,569||14,743||14,743||0|
|1. Clean Fuel and Electric Drive Research||1,469||13,743||13,743||0|
|2. Reduce Transit Environmental Impacts||100||1,000||1,000||0|
|Greenhouse Gas & Energy Redctn. Deployment & Demo (T)||0||75,000||NA||NA|
|F. Subtotal, Greenhouse Gas & Energy Reduction||1,569||89,743||14,743||0|
|G. Administrative Expenses||1,051||1,812||1,312||500|
|Subtotal, Research & Development||25,149||31,055||28,555||2,500|
|Subtotal, Technology Investment (T)||41,602||98,229|
|Subtotal, Facilities (F)||0||0|