Research Report The Federal New Starts Program: What Do New Regulations Mean for Metropolitan Areas?
Kate Lowe, Sandra Rosenbloom
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On January 9, 2013, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a new final rule for evaluating the applications submitted by metropolitan areas seeking major capital grants under the New Starts program. Despite the old guidelines, it appears that local characteristics, particularly local financial commitment, better explained the New Starts funding decisions between 1999 and 2011 than did Congressional influence or project justification. This new rule provides an opportunity to revisit the programs design and grant evaluation process.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Taxes and budgets
Tags Fiscal policy Infrastructure Transportation State and local tax issues Community and economic development
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center