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FTA Triennial Review: Overview and Tips

The Triennial Review (TR) is one of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) management tools for examining grantee performance and adherence to current FTA requirements and policies. Mandated by Congress in 1982, the triennial review is applicable to Section 5307 fund recipients and occurs once every three years.  The review currently examines 17 areas. This asynchronous online course is designed to provide an overview of the process. The course is four weeks, requiring only 3-4 hours of review time at the participant’s convenience. Case studies and exercises follow each week. The curriculum has been developed by an experienced reviewer who also helped design the current TR training offered annually by the FTA.

Who Should Attend

Public transportation professionals, especially 5307 grant recipients.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will acquire tips for efficient preparation and participation in the process, specific guidance on compliance in each of the 17 areas, and advise on addressing corrective actions.

Course Outline/Topics

Week 1

History of the Triennial Review and Process

Parts of the Review:

Desk ReviewGrantee Information Request (The Review Package)

Assembling Documents for the Reviewer (Part A / Part B)

       Scoping / Extended Review Module (ERM)

The Final Agenda and Follow-up Memo

The Site Visit

The Draft Report

The Final Report

Week 2

Triennial Review Areas: Part A (Potential ERM areas)

1   Financial Management and Financial Capacity

2   Technical Capacity

3   Maintenance

4   Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

5   Title VI

6   Procurement

7   Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

Week 3

Triennial Review Areas: Part B

8   Legal

9   Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)

10   Planning/Program of Projects

11   Public Comment on Fare Increases and Major Service Reductions

12   Half Fare

13   Charter Bus

14   School Bus

Week 4

15   Safety & Security

16   Drug Free Workplace and Drug and Alcohol Program

17   Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Available Grantee Resources:

Web sites

Workbook w/links

Peers/Reviewer/Program Manager

Deficiencies and Corrective Actions


Dates and locations to be announced.