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The Texas Department of Transportation is a government agency in the U.S. state of Texas. Though the public face of the agency is generally associated with the construction and maintenance of the state's immense state highway system, the agency is also responsible for overseeing aviation,rail and public transportation systems in the state.
The District and Division totals reflect the Fiscal Year 2017 average number of employees through August, 2017. These totals include temporary employees and summer hires but exclude overtime and contracted workforce. These totals are rounded to the nearest whole number.
Expenditures for FY 2018 (September 2017 – August 2018)
Info available as of October 24, 2018
Includes payment of $28,032 made in FY17 for work performed in FY 16 (charged back to AY 16 but paid in FY 17). Additionally, $26,638.01 was included in this amount but was paid in FY 18 for 2017 services. This amount may need to be subtracted out if report should be expenditures by fiscal year regardless of appropriation year.
This service was provided in August (FY17) but invoice was received and paid in FY 18 (September) and may need to be subtracted out if report should be expenditures based on fiscal year regardless of appropriation year.
The Texas Department of Transportation issues federal and state financial assistance grants to publicly owned general aviation and reliever airports included in the Texas Airport System Plan (TASP). These Aviation Facilities Development Grants are provided for capital improvements for items such as pavement improvements, land acquisition, runway extension or relocation, terminal buildings, control towers, weather observing systems, construction of new hangars, installation of new fuel facilities and new facilities. These grants require a 10% local match except for terminal building grants that require a 50% local match and weather and fuel systems require a 25% match. Eligible local governments request funding through a letter of interest that details the proposed scope of services for the grant.
Additionally, TxDOT provides financial assistance to publicly owned TASP general aviation, reliever and non-hub commercial service airports through the Routine Airport Maintenance Program (RAMP). All eligible airports can receive up to $50,000 anually in state funds for airport maintenance. The RAMP grants require at least a 50% local fund match.
The Texas Department of Transportation administers a number of federal and state grant programs for public transportation projects. Descriptions of grant programs, on the following pages, are included below.
Sections 5303 and 5304 Grant Programs - Planning and Research: Section 5303 funds are provided to metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) through TxDOT for transit planning activities. Those funds are administered in concert with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) PL112 planning funds (not listed on the following pages). Section 5304 funds are available for statewide and local transit planning and research activities. TxDOT balances its internal needs for 5304 funds in conjunction with transit planning issues when developing the budgets for both facets of the program.
Section 5307 Grant Program - Urbanized Areas: The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), by formula, distributes grants for public transportation in urbanized areas (populations 50,000 and higher). The grant recipients work directly with FTA to receive their respective funds. Transit agencies in the 50,000 to 199,999 population group are commonly referred to as "small urban or small "urbanized" systems. These agencies are also eligible to receive state funds for all activities that are eligible under the federal program. Funds can be used to pay for capital, administrative, and operational expenses. See "State Funds" below.
Section 5309 Grant Program / Flex Funding - (Discretionary) Capital Investment Grants
Congress, through the Section 5309 program, appropriates capital grants to states and local public bodies for
new rail systems, modifications for existing rail systems, and assistance for bus systems. During Fiscal
Year 2002, Texas enhanced this program by flexing (transferring) $5 million of Surface Transportation
Program (STP) funds to assist with the capital replacement needs of small urbanized and rural transit
Section 5310 Grant Program - Elderly & Persons with Disabilities Transportation (E&D) The goal of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities (E&D) Public Transportation (Section 5310) Grant Program is to improve accessibility and mobility for the elderly and persons with disabilities. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) makes capital grants to the state of Texas to help provide mass transportation service that is planned, designed, and carried out to meet the special needs of elderly individuals and individuals with disabilities throughout the state.
Section 5311 Grant Program - Rural/Non-Urbanized Areas: Under the Section 5311 program, eligible recipients for grants are public transportation systems in rural/non- urbanized areas (population less than 50,000). In Texas, agencies (except the state) must be a rural transit district to receive a grant. Funds can be used to pay for capital, administrative, and operational expenses. Intercity bus (ICB) and rural transit assistance program (RTAP) projects are included.
Section 5316 Job Access/ Reverse Commute: The Job Access/Reverse Commute Grants program is intended to establish an area-wide regional planning approach to job access challenges. It seeks to increase collaboration among transportation providers, human service agencies, employers, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), states, and affected communities and individuals. This program has two major goals: to provide transportation services in urban, suburban and rural areas to assist welfare recipients and low income individual in gaining access to employment opportunities; and to provide transportation for all income groups from the center city areas to employers in suburban and rural locations.
Section 5317 New Freedom: The New Freedom Grants program is intended to support projects that provide transportation and transportation alternatives that go beyond the transit requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These projects assist individuals with disabilities with transportation, including transportation to and from jobs and employment support services.
State Funds: Each biennium, the Texas Legislature appropriates state funds for public transportation. These funds are distributed by Administrative code formula to small urban and rural operators of urban and rural transit districts. Funds can be used to defray the cost of providing public transportation, either independently or in conjunction with the above federal programs.
Transportation Development Credits (TDCs - formerly known as Toll Credits): Federal law permits a state to count as a credit toward a project's local share certain expenditures on eligible toll facilities. When beneficial and appropriate, the Texas Transportation Commission awards TDCs as a financing tool on capital projects. Transit and other projects may be eligible.
Grants awarded under The Texas Traffic Safety Program consist of education, engineering, and enforcement grants conducted in a partnership between federal, state, non-profits, colleges/universities and local jurisdictions. The program provides grant funds and other assistance to reduce the number and severity of traffic crashes throughout the state. The overall program is broken down into fourteen program areas (such as police traffic services, speed control, alcohol and other drug countermeasures, EMS, occupant protection, traffic records, roadway safety, and motorcycle safety). For example:
Alcohol and Other Drug Countermeasures: The goal of this area is to reduce the number and percentage of alcohol and other drug related crashes through prevention, education and enforcement.
Occupant Protection: The goal of this program is to increase safety belt and child passenger safety seat use throughout Texas. Subgrantees use education, training, enforcement and public information to improve the use rate.
Traffic Records: The goal of this program area is to improve the timeliness, quality, availability and linkages of records between crash data bases. Improved traffic records will improve police planning and response, facilitate highway planning, and improve EMS planning.
Roadway Safety: To improve the knowledge of state, city, and county personnel in the current techniques related to proper work zone installation, maintenance, and safety.
Police Traffic Services: Selective traffic enforcement programs focus on increasing existing efforts to enforce speed limits, target high-crash intersections, increase compliance with occupant restraint laws, distracted driving, and reduce the number of intoxicated drivers.
The Project Celebration program provides small grants to high schools to encourage alcohol-free prom and end-of-the-year events.
State Infrastructure Bank (SIB), SIB Loans FOR FY 1998-2017
In November of 1995, the President of the United States signed Public Law 104-59, known as the 1995 National Highway System Designation Act. Section 350 of that law allowed the United States Secretary of Transportation to designate a maximum of ten states as pilot projects for the State Infrastructure Bank program. Texas was selected as one of the initial pilot states.
However, changes in Section 1511 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) created a new SIB Pilot Program in only four (4) states: California, Florida, Missouri and Rhode Island. Pre-existing SIB’s like Texas continue to exist, but federal funds for 1998 or later cannot be used to capitalize them unless authorized.
In 1997, the 75th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 370 which created the Texas State Infrastructure Bank which was to be administered by the Texas Transportation Commission, the governing body of the Texas Department of Transportation. In September 1997, the Texas Transportation Commission approved administrative rules that govern the State Infrastructure Bank.
On January 10, 2002, the President signed into law PL 107-117, Section 1108 of the Department of Defense’s FY 2002 Appropriation bill which included the Section 1511(b) of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), that added Texas to the list of States eligible to participate in the TEA-21 State infrastructure bank pilot.
A State Infrastructure Bank, or a SIB, operates chiefly as a revolving loan fund and can provide a wide range of financial assistance in addition to loans. The purpose of the pilot program was to attract new funding into transportation, to encourage innovative approaches to transportation problems, and to help build needed transportation infrastructure. The law provided that each designated state can transfer up to ten percent of certain federal dollars, match those funds with state funds, and deposit them into a State Infrastructure Bank. The greatest benefit of this program may be the creation of a self-sustaining, growing, revolving loan fund.
DISCOS - District and County Statistics - is prepared, published and electronically distributed annually by the Funds Management Section of the Texas Department of Transportation's Finance Division. This publication provides selected transportation-related statistics for each of the 254 counties and 25 TxDOT districts within the state.
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