United States Code
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Lines of credit
Subject to paragraphs (2) through (4), the Secretary may enter into agreements to make available to 1 or more obligors lines of credit in the form of direct loans to be made by the Secretary at future dates on the occurrence of certain events for any project selected under section 602.
The proceeds of a line of credit made available under this section shall be available to pay debt service on project obligations issued to finance eligible project costs, extraordinary repair and replacement costs, operation and maintenance expenses, and costs associated with unexpected Federal or State environmental restrictions.
Before entering into an agreement under this subsection, the Secretary, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and each rating agency providing a preliminary rating opinion letter under section 602(b)(3), shall determine an appropriate capital reserve subsidy amount for each line of credit, taking into account the rating opinion letter.
The funding of a line of credit under this section shall be contingent on the senior obligations of the project receiving an investment-grade rating from 2 rating agencies.
A line of credit under this section with respect to a project shall be on such terms and conditions and contain such covenants, representations, warranties, and requirements (including requirements for audits) as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.
The total amount of a line of credit under this section shall not exceed 33 percent of the reasonably anticipated eligible project costs.
Any draw on a line of credit under this section shall—
represent a direct loan; and
be made only if net revenues from the project (including capitalized interest, but not including reasonably required financing reserves) are insufficient to pay the costs specified in subsection (a)(2).
Except as provided in subparagraphs (B) and (C) of section 603(b)(4), the interest rate on a direct loan resulting from a draw on the line of credit shall be not less than the yield on 30-year United States Treasury securities, as of the date of execution of the line of credit agreement.
A line of credit issued under this section—
be payable, in whole or in part, from—
payments owing to the obligor under a public-private partnership; or
other dedicated revenue sources that also secure the senior project obligations; and
include a rate covenant, coverage requirement, or similar security feature supporting the project obligations; and
may have a lien on revenues described in subparagraph (A), subject to any lien securing project obligations.
The full amount of a line of credit under this section, to the extent not drawn upon, shall be available during the 10-year period beginning on the date of substantial completion of the project.
A third-party creditor of the obligor shall not have any right against the Federal Government with respect to any draw on a line of credit under this section.
An obligor may assign a line of credit under this section to—
1 or more lenders; or
a trustee on the behalf of such a lender.
Except as provided in subparagraph (B), a direct loan under this section shall not be subordinated to the claims of any holder of project obligations in the event of bankruptcy, insolvency, or liquidation of the obligor.
The Secretary shall waive the requirement of subparagraph (A) for a public agency borrower that is financing ongoing capital programs and has outstanding senior bonds under a preexisting indenture, if—
the line of credit is rated in the A category or higher;
the TIFIA program loan resulting from a draw on the line of credit is payable from pledged revenues not affected by project performance, such as a tax-backed revenue pledge or a system-backed pledge of project revenues; and
the TIFIA program share of eligible project costs is 33 percent or less.
If the Secretary waives the nonsubordination requirement under this subparagraph—
the maximum credit subsidy to be paid by the Federal Government shall be not more than 10 percent of the principal amount of the secured loan; and
the obligor shall be responsible for paying the remainder of the subsidy cost.
The Secretary may establish fees at a level sufficient to cover all or a portion of the costs to the Federal Government of providing a line of credit under this section.
A project that receives a line of credit under this section also shall not receive a secured loan or loan guarantee under section 603 in an amount that, combined with the amount of the line of credit, exceeds 49 percent of eligible project costs.
The Secretary shall establish repayment terms and conditions for each direct loan under this section based on—
the projected cash flow from project revenues and other repayment sources; and
the useful life of the asset being financed.
All repayments of principal or interest on a direct loan under this section shall be scheduled—
to commence not later than 5 years after the end of the period of availability specified in subsection (b)(6); and
to conclude, with full repayment of principal and interest, by the date that is 25 years after the end of the period of availability specified in subsection (b)(6).
cite as: 23 USC 604