Key Aspects of MAP-21 Implementation for Greater MN Transit
Section 5310 – Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities
Under SAFETEA-LU, MnDOT managed the program statewide. Under MAP-21, large urban areas (in this case the Metropolitan Council) receive and distribute their formula funds unless the state governor declares a different recipient and program manager. Met Council and MnDOT have agreed that MnDOT will continue to manage the program statewide. We will develop a memorandum of understanding clarifying roles and request Governor Dayton to sign a letter declaring that to FTA.
Asset Management and Safety & Security
FTA has placed a greater emphasis on asset management and safety & security under MAP-21. Somewhat like FHWA, FTA will require more active management of federally funded transit assets such as buses, bus garages and other passenger facilities. FTA is developing guidance that will include instructions for development of asset management plans with performance measures. FTA is also requiring more attention to safety and security. FTA is also producing guidance describing this. Transit providers will have to identify a safety officer who must be trained through a formal program and will have responsibilities to monitor the provider’s adherence to safety and security guidance. Both of these initiatives will add costs to transit providers and MnDOT will have to ensure its subrecipients comply with the new requirements.
Reduced Availability of Federal Funds for Greater Minnesota Transit Capital
Most funds for Greater Minnesota public transit buses have historically come from the Area Transportation Partnership process under the Surface Transportation Program. Under MAP-21, more potential uses of STP funds will compete for a smaller pool of available dollars. We proposed to Transportation Program Investment Committee on March 21, 2013 to centrally manage some STP funds for bus purchases so investment decisions on keeping the bus fleet in a state of good repair can be made based on statewide performance measures (much like pavement) rather than on whether the ATP feels buses are a priority. Even with that, however, more state funds will have to be spent on buses to maintain a properly operating fleet.