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Receive, consider and act upon lapsing passenger ferry capital grant funding originally awarded to Brazos Transit District by the Federal Transit Administration;
The Federal Transit Administration – Region VI (FTA) has inquired if The Woodlands Township is interested in submitting the appropriate documentation to draw down passenger ferry capital grant funds originally awarded to Brazos Transit District (BTD) in May 2014 for the Waterway Cruisers. The funds are scheduled to lapse in September 2019.
Please note that although the grant funds were originally awarded to BTD as the operator of the Waterway Cruisers owned by The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the FTA is communicating with the Township instead of the CVB because the CVB is not a governmental agency and therefore not eligible to directly receive FTA grant funds.
The ferry grant awarded to BTD states, “The Brazos Transit District will receive funding for The Woodlands Waterway Cruisers Capital project, which will replace aging equipment on six passenger ferries to ensure reliable service for thousands of residents and visitors within The Woodlands community.” Elsewhere in the grant award, the project is specifically defined as “replace and install equipment on six cruisers”. The grant provides $253,844 in funding and requires a local match of $63,461, for a total project cost of $317,305.
Staff reached out to FTA to inquire if the passenger ferry grant funds awarded in 2014 could be used to help purchase, renovate or maintain boats, cruisers or another type of vessel similar to the original Waterway Cruisers since the original cruisers are no longer in service. The response was no because FTA grants are awarded for very specific purposes after going through comprehensive and lengthy application and review processes. The FTA representative indicated that minor changes to the grant award such as replacing equipment in four cruisers instead of six would likely be allowed, but the grant could not be used for a different project such as the purchase or renovation of boats other than those specifically described in the original grant application.
In order for the FTA to close out the FY2014 passenger ferry capital grant, the agency needs a written statement from staff indicating that the Township will not be submitting documentation to draw down the grant funds due to no longer having a qualifying project as specifically defined in the grant award and therefore agrees that the grant funds can be deobligated (lapse).
Confirm The Woodlands Township will not be submitting documentation to draw down the FY2014 passenger ferry capital grant funds originally awarded to Brazos Transit District by the Federal Transit Administration due to no longer having a qualifying project as specifically defined in the grant award and therefore agrees that the grant funds can be deobligated.
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