New Starts and Small Starts
Thompson Coburn has significant experience in the development of major capital projects for transit agencies, as well as Small Starts and BRT project development, and associated vehicle procurements and contracts. This work includes the negotiation of Full Funding Grant Agreements (FFGAs) with the FTA, the development of New Start submittals, and work with FTA’s project management oversight and financial consultants. Our attorneys have worked extensively with transit agencies on moving capital projects through the FTA New Starts process, assisting in addressing FTA oversight issues, and providing counsel on appropriations and legislative issues presented in securing funds and project authorizations from Congress.
Our experience in this area also includes assisting clients with developing financing plans for major capital projects, including identifying available federal, state and local funding resources; reviewing legal and administrative actions needed to secure funds; and developing capital project budgets. The public transit group also has assisted clients in the development of the Capital Financing Plans and Operating and Maintenance Financial Plans required by the FTA as part of the FFGA negotiation process.