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Transportation

Mission Statement

To assist Alaska Native tribes in developing their capacity to plan, construct and maintain safe and efficient transportation networks in their communities.

Collage of work done by the Branch of Transportation

The Transportation Branch, Alaska Region, provides management and oversight of the Tribal Transportation Program (TTP).  Transportation-related program activities are pursued through Government-to-Government program agreements, compacts and self-determination contracts with the 229 federally-recognized Alaska Native Tribes.  Program activities include planning, design, construction, road and bridge maintenance, safety, transit operations, and more.

BIA Transportation Staff

BIA Alaska Region staff are ready to work directly with tribes to assist them with meeting their transportation needs.  Please call the number listed below:

Transportation Toll-free number: 800-645-8465, options 4, 2

A full list of Transportation staff and their contact information can be found here.

 

A major step in the process of tribes obtaining transportation dollars is the obligation of funds.  The following is a list of items needed for tribes to get accesses to Tribal Shares: Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs), Tribal Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs), Obtaining Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approval, Resolutions, Certification statements, Contract Proposals, Program Agreements (PAs), Referenced Funding Agreements (RFAs) and amended RFAs, and Drawdown processing

Transportation staff are available to assist tribes with the following: Planning Activities

Development of Long Range Transportation Plans (LRTP), Tribal priority lists, public involvement and/or meetings, establishing and maintaining inventory in the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory (NTTFI), tribal resolutions, adopting documents, advocate for the importance of tribal transportation planning, review planning agreements to maximize use of planning funds, work with tribes to develop projects from planning through design and construction, and completing a Planning Statement of Work (SOW)

Road Maintenance Program

Explanation of funding limits, Maintenance SOW,  budget development, subcontracts, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs), Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs), Assist tribes with maintenance equipment purchase requests, and cost analysis for new vs used equipment, Repairs, maintenance, and other activities in 25 CFR 170, Appendix to Subpart G

Maintenance trail marking

TTP Inventory

Establishing and maintaining inventory in the National Tribal Transportation Facility Inventory (NTTFI), Use of the Data Form 5704, Writing tribal resolutions and route descriptions, Developing inventory strip maps, Use of pictures for inventory, MOAs/MOUs and APARs, ROWs, LRTPs, SOWs, Inventory planning budgets, Inventory subcontracts and RFPs

Other Topics

Other activities include: Training tribal employees on the Transportation Program, design and construction, transit programs, bridge inspection, project development, contract performance, annual FAST-Act reporting, quarterly and semi-annual reporting, single audits, project site visits and program reviews, assistance to tribes in filing proposals for new 638 Title I contracts, advise and provide tribes with documentation and data reports available from the BIA, and advise Training opportunities and participate in training program development

Boardwalk construction

The following is a list of regulations and United States Codes related to the implementation and oversight of TTP:

23 CFR 625 – Design Standards for Highways

23 CFR 630 – Preconstruction Procedures

23 CFR 650 – Bridges, Structures, and Hydraulics

23 CFR 661 – Indian Reservation Road Bridge Program

23 CFR 710 – Right-of-Way

23 CFR 771 – Environmental Impact and Related Procedures

25 CFR 170 – Tribal Transportation Program

25 CFR 900- Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act

29 CFR 1910 – Occupational Safety and Health Standards

Government Performance and Results Act

23 U.S.C. 202(a) Tribal Transportation Program

Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act)

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