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Member-Designated Transportation Projects

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) plans to advance surface transportation authorization legislation later this spring. Chairman Peter DeFazio announced that the T&I Committee will formally accept requests for projects from House Members.

The T&I Committee process for considering member projects is separate and distinct from the House Committee on Appropriations’ process for considering Community Project Funding requests. Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization will be funded directly from the Highway Trust Fund, and they do not require a separate or subsequent appropriation.

Project Eligibility

Capital projects eligible under title 23, United States Code, and chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code, are eligible for funding requests under T&I’s project submission process.

The best way to ensure project eligibility is to select projects included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) or Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), as those projects have already been certified as eligible for Federal Highway Administration or Federal Transit Administration funding and do not require further verification of eligibility.

For projects not in the STIP or TIP, additional documentation is required, including verification about whether the project can be added to the STIP or TIP in a reasonable timeframe, whether the project is on a long-range transportation plan, and verification of eligibility for the proposed activity under title 23 or chapter 53 of title 49 by the relevant federal agency.

Further, project sponsors must demonstrate the ability to fully obligate any funds provided within the obligation window, and must demonstrate a proven ability to finance the remaining costs not funded by the Committee, as well as the required non-federal cost share.

Transparency

All projects nominated by Congressman Welch to the T&I Committee are listed below. Members will be required to certify that neither they nor their immediate family have a financial interest in the nominations made.

Projects Nominated

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTRANS)/City of Burlington
Project Name: Railyard Enterprise Project
Project Location: 220 Battery Street Burlington, Vermont 05401
Requested Amount:  $2.25 million

Project Sponsor: Green Mountain Transit Authority (GMT)
Project Name: GMT Rehab & Renovation of Maintenance and Storage Facility
Project Location: 31 Queen City Park Road Burlington, Vermont 05401
Requested Amount:  $2.02 million

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Project Name: Barre City-Barre Town VT Route 14 / Quarry Street and Quarry Hill Road Intersection Reconstruction
Project Location: Quarry Street and Quarry Hill, Barre, Vermont 05641
Requested Amount:  $4.75 million

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Project Name: Central Vermont Transit Operations & Maintenance Facility
Project Location: Central Vermont
Requested Amount:  $4.4 million

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Project Name: Essex Crescent Connector
Project Location: Essex, Vermont 05452
Requested Amount:  $5.4 million

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Project Name: Town of Hartford (Quechee) U.S 4 Bridge Rehabilitation
Project Location: U.S Route 4, Hartford (Quechee), Vermont 05059
Requested Amount:  $7.6 million

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Project Name: Town of Pittsford U.S 7 Bridge Replacement
Project Location: U.S 7, Pittsford, Vermont 05763
Requested Amount:  $5.4 million

Project Sponsor: Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans)
Project Name: Town of Readsboro VT Route 100 Bridge Replacement
Project Location: Vermont Route 100, Readsboro, Vermont 05350
Requested Amount:  $9 million