Intercity Passenger Rail: Regarding Clearer Reasons for Awards Decisions Would Improve Otherwise Good Grantmaking Practices
DIANE Publishing, 2011 - 58 pages
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) appropriated $8 billion for high and conventional speed passenger rail. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) was responsible for soliciting applications, evaluating them to determine program eligibility and technical merits, and selecting awards, which were announced in January 2010. This report examines the extent to which FRA: (1) applied its established criteria to select projects; (2) followed recommended practices for awarding discretionary grants; and (3) communicated outcomes to the public, compared with selected other Recovery Act competitive grant programs. Includes recommendations. Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.
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1a application Amounts Requested Amtrak Analysis of Award Appendix applications being selected applications receiving applications requesting applications selected applications submitted applied its established assess applications award amounts Award Decisions chi-square statistic competitive grant programs Department of Transportation department’s developing differences documentation Federal Railroad Administration FRA officials FRA’s funding announcement GAO analysis goals guidebooks high speed rail HSIPR program included intercity passenger rail Logistic Regression miles per hour million number of applications Odds and Odds Odds Ratios Derived officials panelists percent selected PRIIA publicly communicated rail service Railroad receiving a score receiving a technical recommended practices Recovery Act funds Recovery Act programs Recovery Act Projects scores and comments Secretary of Transportation selected applications selected for funding selected Odds selected projects selection criteria selection decisions speed rail projects Table technical merit technical review criteria technical review panel technical review scores track 1a track 2 applications transportation benefits variables Washington