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Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 - Title I: Department of Transportation - Makes appropriations for FY 2002 (with specified rescissions, transfers of funds, limitations on obligations and administrative expenses, and liquidations of contract authorizations) for: (1) the Office of the Secretary of Transportation; (2) Coast Guard; (3) the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); (4) the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), earmarking specified amounts for various Intelligent Transportation System projects; (5) the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, earmarking a specified amount for border State (Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas) grants for enforcement of motor carrier safety measures with respect to Mexican commercial motor vehicles operating in the United States; (6) the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; (7) the Federal Railroad Administration; (8) the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), earmarking specified amounts for new fixed guideway systems; (9) the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation; (10) the Research and Special Programs Administration; (11) the Office of Inspector General, earmarking amounts to investigate unfair or deceptive practices and unfair methods of competition by domestic and foreign air carriers and ticket agents; and (12) the Surface Transportation Board.

Title II: Related Agencies - Makes appropriations for FY 2002 for: (1) the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board; and (2) the National Transportation Safety Board.

Title III: General Provisions - Sets forth specified prohibitions, limitations, permissions, and mandates with respect to the use of appropriations under this Act identical or similar to those enacted in the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 (P.L. 106-69).

(Sec. 304) Bars the use of funds in this Act for salaries and expenses of more than 105 political and Presidential appointees in the Department of Transportation (DOT). Prohibits such personnel from being assigned on a temporary detail outside of the DOT.

(Sec. 310) Sets forth certain requirements for distribution (including in certain cases denial of distribution) of the obligation limitation for Federal-aid Highways amounts for specified Federal highway programs. Sets forth specified Federal highway projects in which the obligation limitation for Federal-aid Highways shall not apply. Provides for the redistribution of any unused obligation limitation on Federal-aid Highways amounts to the States.

(Sec. 311) Prohibits a recipient of funds made available under this Act from disseminating (except as authorized) personal information obtained by a State department of motor vehicles in connection with a motor vehicle record. Prohibits the Secretary of Transportation from withholding such funds from a grantee if a State is in noncompliance with such requirement.

(Sec. 312) Bars the use of funds under this Act to establish a vessel traffic safety fairway less than five miles wide between the Santa Barbara Traffic Separation Scheme and the San Francisco Traffic Separation Scheme.

(Sec. 313) Authorizes airports to transfer to the FAA, without consideration, instrument landing systems (along with associated approach lighting equipment and runway visual range equipment) which conform to FAA design and performance specifications and which were purchased with airport development grant funds.

(Sec. 316) Bars the use of funds under this Act to compensate in excess of 335 technical staff-years under the federally-funded research and development (R&D) center contract between the FAA and the Center for Advanced Aviation Systems Development during FY 2002.

(Sec. 320) Authorizes certain funds for Alaska or Hawaii ferry boats or ferry terminal facilities to be used to construct new vessels and facilities or to improve existing vessels and facilities, including both the passenger and vehicle-related elements of such vessels and facilities, and for repair facilities. Earmarks specified funds to be used by the State of Hawaii to initiate and operate a passenger ferryboat services demonstration project to test the viability of different intra-island and inter-island ferry routes.

(Sec. 322) Amends the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to add as new fixed guideway projects: (1) the Washington County Wilsonville to Beaverton commuter rail; and (2) the Detroit, Michigan, Metropolitan Airport rail project.

(Sec. 324) Prohibits the use of funds for employee training which: (1) does not meet identified needs for knowledge, skills, and abilities bearing directly upon the performance of official duties; (2) contains elements likely to induce high levels of emotional response or psychological stress in some participants; (3) does not require prior employee notification of the content and methods to be used in the training and written end of course evaluations; (4) contains any methods or content associated with religious or quasi-religious belief systems or "new age" belief systems; (5) is offensive to, or designed to change, participants' personal values or lifestyle outside the workplace; or (6) includes content related to human immunodeficiency virus-acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) other than that necessary to make employees more aware of its medical ramifications and the workplace rights of HIV-positive employees.

(Sec. 325) Bars the use of funds, unless authorized by Congress, to pay for specified lobbying activities with respect to a Member of Congress or a State legislature. Permits Department of Transportation (DOT) or related agency employees to communicate to Members of Congress or to a State legislature with respect to requests for legislation or appropriations which they deem necessary for the efficient conduct of business.

(Sec. 326) Prohibits expenditure of funds made available under this Act by any entity that does not agree to comply with the Buy American Act.

Expresses the sense of Congress that entities receiving assistance under this Act should purchase only U.S.-made equipment and products to the greatest extent practicable.

Prohibits the use of funds for contracts with persons falsely labeling products as made in America.

(Sec. 329) Authorizes appropriations for expenses of the Amtrak Reform Council for FY 2003.

(Sec. 330) Earmarks a specified amount to enable the Secretary to make grants for certain surface transportation projects.

(Sec. 331) Declares that for purposes of providing support to the Department of Defense (DOD), the Coast Guard Yard and other Coast Guard specialized facilities designated by the Commandant shall qualify as components of DOD for purposes of competition and workload assignments.

(Sec. 332) Bars the use of funds in this Act to make a grant unless the Secretary notifies the Committees on Appropriations not less than three full business days before any discretionary grant award, letter of intent, or full funding grant agreement totaling $1 million or more is announced by the DOT or its modal administrations from: (1) any discretionary grant program of the FHA other than the emergency relief program; (2) the FAA airport improvement program; or (3) any Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program other than the formula grants and fixed guideway modernization programs.

(Sec. 333) Prohibits funds in this Act from being made available for planning, design, or construction of a light rail system in Houston, Texas. Subjects certain capital investment grants for a Houston, Texas, Metro advanced transit plan project to specified conditions.

(Sec. 334) Prohibits funds in this Act from being made available for engineering work related to an additional runway at New Orleans International Airport.

(Sec. 335) Bars the use of funds in this Act to adopt guidelines or regulations requiring airport sponsors to provide to the FAA without cost building construction, maintenance, utilities and expenses, or space in airport sponsor-owned buildings for services relating to air traffic control, air navigation, or weather reporting. Provides that such prohibition does not apply to negotiations between the FAA and airport sponsors to achieve agreement on "below-market" rates for such items or to grant assurances that require airport sponsors to provide land without cost to the FAA for air traffic control facilities.

(Sec. 336) Sets aside a specified percentage of certain transportation funds for motor carrier safety programs and motor carrier safety research.

(Sec. 337) Authorizes the FAA Administrator to accept funds from an airport sponsor (including entitlement funds under the Grants-in-Aid for Airports program) in order to hire additional staff or obtain the services of consultants with respect to airport projects that will add critical airport capacity to the national air transportation system. Limits the use of such funds only for facilitating the timely processing, review, and completion of environmental activities associated with such projects.

(Sec. 338) Bars the use of funds made available in this Act to further efforts toward developing a new regional airport for southeast Louisiana until a certain comprehensive plan is submitted to, and approved by, the FAA Administrator and the Committees on Appropriations.

(Sec. 339) Authorizes States to use allocated highway safety program funds to produce and place highway safety public service messages in television, radio, cinema, print media, and on the Internet in accordance with guidance issued by the Secretary. Directs specified amounts of State innovative seat belt project funds to be used: (1) to purchase advertising in broadcast or print media to publicize the States' seat belt enforcement efforts during one or more of the Operation ABC National Mobilizations; and (2) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator to evaluate the effectiveness of State seat belt programs that purchase such advertising.

(Sec. 340) Amends the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to replace the high priority project to extend West Douglas Road in Alaska with a high priority project to construct Gastineau Channel Second Douglas Island Crossing.

(Sec. 342) Replaces high priority projects to construct a passenger ferry facility to serve Southworth, Seattle, Washington, and a Southworth Seattle ferry, with a high priority project passenger only ferry to serve Kitsap and King Counties to Seattle, Washington.

(Sec. 344) Replaces the high priority project Bull Shoals Lake Ferry in Taney County, Missouri, with the high priority project to construct the Missouri Center for Advanced Highway Safety (MOCAHS).

(Sec. 345) Requires National Airport Station located at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to be known and designated as the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Station. Requires the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to modify the signs at such station to reflect the redesignation.

(Sec. 346) Prohibits funds appropriated under this Act from being made available to any person or entity convicted of violating the Buy American Act.

(Sec. 347) Authorizes historic covered bridges eligible for certain Federal assistance to be funded from amounts set aside for the discretionary bridge program.

(Sec. 348) Bars the availability of funds provided under this Act or prior appropriations Acts for Coast Guard acquisition, construction, and improvement after the 15th day of any quarter of any fiscal year, unless the Commandant of the Coast Guard reports quarterly to the Committees on Appropriations on all major Coast Guard acquisition projects, including projects executed for them by the U.S. Navy and vessel traffic service projects.

(Sec. 349) Reduces and limits to no more than a specified amount funds provided in this Act for DOT's Transportation Administrative Service Center (TASC) for FY 2002.

(Sec. 350) Bars the use of appropriated funds for the review or processing of an application by a Mexican motor carrier for authority to operate beyond the U.S. municipalities and commercial zones until such carriers have complied with certain motor carrier safety standards and certain other requirements have been met.

Authorizes appropriations.

(Sec. 351) Sets forth requirements with respect to the calculation of the non-Federal contribution to project costs of the Regional Transportation Commission Resort Corridor Fixed Guideway Project in Clark County, Nevada.

(Sec. 352) Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on the effects to public health and safety, the environment, and the economy associated with the transportation of hazardous and radioactive material.

(Sec. 353) Requires Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi, in selecting highway projects using Federal-aid highway funds, to give priority to: (1) improving Johnson Ferry Road from the Chattahoochee River to Abernathy Road, including the bridge over the Chattahoochee River; (2) widening Abernathy Road from two to four lanes from Johnson Ferry Road to Roswell Road; (3) constructing approaches to the Patton Island Bridge; and (4) planning, design, engineering, and construction of an interchange on I-55, at approximately mile marker 114, and connector roads in Madison County.

(Sec. 354) Amends the National Highway Safety Designation Act of 1993 to repeal the condition on the award of traffic safety program grants to New Hampshire and Maine that requires the Secretary of Transportation to certify that the safety belt use rate in those States in each fiscal year after FY 1995 is not less that the national average safety belt use. Applies to all fiscal years after FY 1995 the FY 1995 requirement that the Secretary certify that the safety belt use rate is not less than 50 percent.

(Sec. 355) Directs the Secretary to study and report to Congress on the costs and benefits of constructing a third bridge across the Mississippi River in the Memphis, Tennessee, metropolitan area.

(Sec. 356) Urges the Secretary not to take any action that would diminish or revoke the exemption of drivers transporting agricultural commodities or farm supplies for agricultural purposes from maximum driving and on-duty time unless the Secretary determines that the granting of such exemption is not in the public interest and would have an adverse impact on the safety of commercial motor vehicles.

(Sec. 357) Directs the transfer of Point Retreat Light Station to the Alaska Lighthouse Association.

(Sec. 358) Requires Minnesota, in selecting highway projects using Federal-aid highway funds, to give priority to: (1) the Southeast Main and Rail Relocation Project in Moorhead, Minnesota; and (2) improved access to and from I-35 W at Lake Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

(Sec. 359) Directs the Secretary to approve the use of certain Federal-aid highway funds for construction of Type II noise barriers: (1) at specified Georgia locations identified under the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000; (2) on the west side of Interstate Route 285 from Henderson Mill Road to Chamblee Tucker Road in DeKalb County, Georgia; (3) on the east and west side of Interstate Route 85, extending from Virginia Avenue to Metropolitan Parkway in Fulton County, Georgia; (4) on the east and west sides of Interstate 285 from the South Fulton Parkway/Interstate Route 85 interchange north to Interstate Route 20; (5) on the east side of Interstate Route 75 from Howell Mill Road to West Paces Ferry Road in Fulton County, Georgia; (6) on the east and west sides of Interstate Route 75 between Chastain Road and Georgia State Route 92 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties, Georgia; and (7) on the south side of Interstate 95 in Bensalem Township, between exit 25 and exit 26, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

(Sec. 360) Makes certain Federal-Aid Highways funds available to Oklahoma for reconstruction of U.S. 177 in the vicinity of Cimarron River, Oklahoma, instead available only for the widening of U.S. 177 from SH-33 to 32nd Street in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

(Sec. 361) Amends the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to add as a new fixed guideway project the Alabama State Docks intermodal passenger and freight facility.

(Sec. 362) Amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to identify as a high priority corridor on the National Highway System the Louisiana Highway 1 corridor from Grand Isle, Louisiana, along Louisiana Highway 1, to the intersection with United States Route 90.

(Sec. 363) Amends the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to replace the high priority project to extend Louisiana Highway 42 between U.S. 61 and I-10 in Ascension Parish with one to extend and improve Louisiana Route 42 from and along U.S. 61 to I-10 in Ascension and East Baton Rouge Parishes.

(Sec. 364) Revises the descriptions of two high priority projects calling for the construction of highway-rail grade separations along the City Lead in Paducah, Kentucky, to include other areas in the city of Paducah and McCracken County, Kentucky.

(Sec. 365) Amends the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 to revise the heading descriptions to certain high priority corridor projects.

(Sec. 367) Designates the: (1) Louie B. Nunn Parkway corridor, Kentucky, as Interstate Route 66; and (2) the Purchase Parkway corridor, Kentucky, as Interstate Route 69.

(Sec. 368) Transfers certain unobligated capital investment grant funds for Transit Planning and Research to the electric transit vehicle institute (ETVI) in Tennessee.

(Sec. 370) Makes amounts for the Riverside Expressway project in Fairmont, West Virginia, available to carry out any highway project in the vicinity of Fairmont, Virginia.

(Sec. 371) Amends the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century to replace the high priority project to restore First and Main Streets to two-way traffic in Miamisburg, Ohio, with a high priority project for traffic safety and pedestrian improvements in downtown Miamisburg.

(Sec. 372) Amends the Department of Transportation and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2000 to replace the Killington-Sherburne satellite bus facility, Vermont, construction project with the Marble Valley Regional Transit District buses purchase project.

(Sec. 373) Makes certain funds for the Southtowns Connector Buffalo, New York, urban access and urban mobility project available for construction of a parking facility for the inner harbor/redevelopment urban access and urban mobility project in Buffalo, New York.

(Sec. 374) Makes funds for a certain high priority project in Buffalo, New York, available for the construction of a parking facility for the inner harbor/redevelopment project in Buffalo, New York.