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Eligibility Requirements

As you begin to find your way through the application process, start by matching your project with at least one of the 12 designated TE activities. Remember that to be eligible for consideration of federal-aid Transportation Enhancement funds, a TE project must meet at a minimum two basic Federal requirements:

  1. Be one of the 12 designated TE activities, and
  2. Relate to Surface Transportation

Other Considerations for Project Eligibility

On occasions determining which activities are eligible for funding can be difficult. When questions arise, closer coordination with the FHWA division office and State DOT will assist in the determination of a projects relationship to surface transportation.

It is important to become familiar with your state program practices regarding eligibility. Contact your State TE Coordinator for specific information on your state's TE process.


Definition of Surface Transportation

Surface transportation means all elements of the intermodal transportation system, exclusive of aviation. For the purposes of TE eligibility, surface transportation includes water as surface transportation and includes as eligible activities related features such as canals, lighthouses, and docks or piers connecting to ferry operations, as long as the proposed enhancement otherwise meets the basic eligibility criteria.

Updated: 01/11/2012
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