Estimated Total Cost: $54,704,429
Proposed Source of Federal Funds: Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
History/Background: RTA reports that its original state fiscal year (SFY) 2018 grant program is listed in the NOACA SFY 2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the majority of the program is as originally proposed in the TIP. RTA is adding two new projects to its FFY 2018 program and the TIP and moving two projects back to future years. RTA is also seeking to revise and amend four existing grants to re-allocate project funds to address under-runs, over-runs, and revised project priorities impacting 12 TIP projects. RTA’s revisions to the FFY 2017 Capital Formula, FFY 2017 State of Good Repair, FFY 2016 Capital Formula and FFY 2016 State of Good Repair grant programs reflect these revisions.
RTA is also adding two projects (PID No. 90162 and PID No. 102184) previously in the SFY 2016 - 2019 TIP into the current SFY 2018 – 2021TIP due to delays in receiving timely environmental approvals for them.
Proposed Project: RTA is applying for various sources of funds including Section 5307 Capital Formula, Section 5337 State of Good Repair Formula and Section 5339 Bus Facilities Formula for FFY 2018, as described below:
- The Section 5307 Capital Formula projects include Rail State of Good Repair, Bus Preventive Maintenance, Bus Replacement Program Vehicles and Spare Parts, NOACA Unserved Areas Projects, Enhanced Rail ADA (Americans with Disabilities) Access, Tower City Track 10 and 13 Reconstruction, Light Rail retaining Wall Reconstruction, Radio CAD/AVL (Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Location) System Replacement, and (new) Enterprise Content Management Hardware, Software, and Third Party Technical Support.
- Section 5337 Rail Formula projects include Rail Preventive Maintenance, Rail Infrastructure Program, On-Call Rail Engineering, Rail Grinding Program, Tower City Track 10 and 13 Replacement, Radio CAD/AVL System Replacement, West 117th Street Bridge Rehabilitation, and (new) East 116th Bridge over the Light Rail Rehabilitation.
- Section 5339 Bus Facilities Formula projects includes Bus Replacement Program Vehicles and Spare Parts.
RTA is seeking to revise four existing grants to address projected under-runs, over-runs, and revised priorities in its Capital Program as described below:
- 2017 Section 5307 Capital Formula Grant (1237-2017-1) - The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on three line items. The Paratransit Vehicle Replacement is being reduced, the Bus Preventive Maintenance is being increased and Warrensville-Van Aken Substation is being funded.
- 2017 Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grant (1237-2017-3) - The grant is proposed to be revised to re-allocate funds on nine line items as $1,537,092 of additional funding has been received for this grant. The Rail Grinding Program is being reduced (moving to a future year). The Rail Preventive Maintenance, Rail Infrastructure Program, On Call Rail Maintenance Services, Tower City Track 10 and 13 Design and Project Administration and LRV Choppers are being increased and the (new) Central Rail Maintenance Facility Track 3 Replacement project is being funded.
- 2016 Section 5307 Capital Formula Grant (OH-2016-054) - The grant will be revised to reallocate funds for the Bus Replacement program from vehicles to spare parts in this grant.
- 2016 Section 5337 State of Good Repair Grant (OH-2016-055) - The grant will be revised to reallocate funds for the Red Line West Track Rehabilitation program from construction to force account in this grant.
Descriptions of the projects (project descriptions) in the RTA FY 2018 program, a list of projects and their associated costs by ALI (activity line item) are available in pdf.
Staff Comment (Summary):
- West 117th Street Bridge:
- RECOMMENDATION: Consider additional pedestrian lighting underneath the bridge structure, along the sidewalk, if existing lighting is inadequate.
- East 116th Street Bridge
- RECOMMENDATION: The City of Cleveland restriped MLK just north of this bridge to include bike lanes. Consider restriping the bridge to match this, in coordination with the City of Cleveland's Bikeway Implementation Plan.
- RECOMMENDATION: Consider high visibility crosswalk markings at both intersections, and consider prioritizing the signal phasing for pedestrians.
Planning and Programming Committee:
- No comments; recommended for Planning and Programming Committee review.
- No comments; recommended for Executive Committee review.
- No comments; recommended for Board of Directors' review.
Intergovernmental Review and Consultation (IGRC):