Transportation Equity Act, A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) which states:
“An annual listing of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which Federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and metropolitan planning organization for public review. The listing shall be consistent with the categories identified in the TIP.”
In addressing SAFETEA-LU requirements, this report lists all transportation projects in the Wasatch Front Region Council Metropolitan Planning Area that were obligated during Fiscal Year 2009 (October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009).
One of the requirements of SAFETEA-LU is that government spending on transportation must become more transparent to State and Local Officials, as well as the public. The obligated list of projects must be developed through a cooperative effort with the metropolitan planning organization (MPO), state and public transportation operators responsible for tracking project authorizations and obligations spent during the immediately preceding fiscal year.
Obligation is defined as the Federal government’s legal commitment to pay the Federal share of a project’s cost. An obligated project is one that has been authorized by the federal agency and funds have been obligated. Projects for which funds have been obligated are not necessarily initiated or completed in the program year, and the amount of the obligation will not necessarily equal the total cost of the project. For FTA projects, obligation occurs when the FTA grant is awarded. For FHWA projects, obligation occurs when a project agreement is executed and the State/grantee requests that the funds be obligated.
The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) staff with the help of UDOT and UTA have prepared a list of all the projects that received federal funding during the fiscal year of 2012 (October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012).
For reviewing purposes, a brief presentation is included that explains and reviews the reason behind the report as well as a copy of the handouts distributed to members of the various WFRC committees.