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Program Update - March 3, 2009

Program Information Resources

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 was enacted February 16, 2009. See the link from the Government Printing Office,, or the PDF at The Transportation provisions begin on page 89 of 407 of the PDF file. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) programs begin on page 92.

FHWA posted information about the ARRA at

  • Summary of Provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Distribution of Highway Funds under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
  • Estimated Apportionment Tables
  • Questions & Answers
  • Actions To Expedite Delivery

The ARRA funds that are apportioned to the States are apportioned as Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds, see eligibility under 23 U.S.C. 133(b) at The STP has broad eligibility for many kinds of projects. Section 133(b)(8) lists transportation enhancement activities as eligible projects. The ARRA funds are 100 percent Federal share.

Transportation Enhancement (TE) Activities: The ARRA provides "That 3 percent of the funds apportioned to a State under this heading shall be set aside for the purposes described in subsection 133(d)(2) of title 23, United States Code (without regard to the comparison to fiscal year 2005)."

  • Section 133(d)(2) refers to the TE Activities.
  • TE is 3 percent of the funds apportioned to a State, meaning after takedowns for the Federal Lands categories, Puerto Rico and Territorial Highway Program, and other setasides. Therefore, TE is 3% of $26.66 billion, or $799.8 million nationwide. See Notice N45120.705 at
  • The phrase about FY 2005 means that the TE apportionments are not adjusted to the level of the TE apportionments in FY 2005 (as required for the annual TE apportionments).
  • Because TE projects are eligible for all STP funds, although the 3 percent is a minimum, there is no maximum for TE-like projects.
  • 120 Day Withdrawal and Redistribution: FHWA will issue additional guidance on whether or how the 120 day withdrawal and redistribution may affect TE funds. The TE funds are set aside for TE activities, but are not a suballocation protected from withdrawal and redistribution. [original text]
  • 120 Day Redistribution: See FHWA's 120-day Redistribution Questions and Answers at Also see the webpage for Transportation Enhancement Activities and the Recovery Act. [Added April 8, 2009]

Bridge, Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement, Interstate Maintenance, National Highway System, National Scenic Byways, Recreational Trails, Safe Routes to School, etc. ARRA does not provide extra funds for these programs, but ARRA does not eliminate these programs: they continue as normal with their FY 2009 funds. Projects eligible under these programs usually are eligible for STP (except for RTP projects with no transportation purpose).

US DOT Secretary LaHood Speaks About Livability

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood mentions "livability" in public addresses. See the Statement of Representative Ray LaHood before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, January 21, 2009. Secretary LaHood held a "Town Hall Meeting" with DOT employees on January 28, 2009, in which he reiterated his support for livability initiatives.

Federal Regulatory Review

From the Federal Register: 74 FR 8819
AGENCY: Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.
ACTION: Request for comments.
SUMMARY: The Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is developing a set of recommendations to the President for a new Executive Order on Federal Regulatory Review, and invites public comments on how to improve the process and principles governing regulation.
DATES: Comments must be in writing and received by March 16, 2009.
ADDRESSES: Submit comments by one of the following methods:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For well over two decades, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at OMB has reviewed Federal regulations. The purposes of such review have been to ensure consistency with Presidential priorities, to coordinate regulatory policy, and to offer a dispassionate and analytical "second opinion" on agency actions.

In a recent Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, published in the Federal Register [74 FR 5977 [PDF 4.9 KB]], the President directed the Director of OMB to produce a set of recommendations for a new Executive Order on Federal regulatory review. Among other things, he stated that the recommendations should offer suggestions for the following:

  • The relationship between OIRA and the agencies;
  • Disclosure and transparency;
  • Encouraging public participation in agency regulatory processes;
  • The role of cost-benefit analysis;
  • The role of distributional considerations, fairness, and concern for the interests of future generations;
  • Methods of ensuring that regulatory review does not produce undue delay;
  • The role of the behavioral sciences in formulating regulatory policy; and
  • The best tools for achieving public goals through the regulatory process.

Transportation Authorization Considerations

Transportation interests continue discussions about the next surface transportation authorization legislation. Comments from people interested in the Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Enhancement Activities are at Federal-aid Highway Program Reauthorization 2009: Summary, Explanation, and Comments from Trails and Enhancements Conferences.

State Practices for RTP and TE

We updated the RTP Guidance State Practices and TE Guidance State Practices webpages. We posted some examples for you to use. Here are some highlights:

1. RTP Item: Use the Tennessee example for a Stewardship and Oversight Agreement. Every FHWA Division should an agreement for the RTP (unless the RTP is administered by the State DOT, in which case the agreement with the State DOT should include the RTP). TE is part of a Stewardship and Oversight Agreement with the State DOT, whether specified or not.

2. Use the Example Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Categorical Exclusions (CE). Several State examples are available (although they should be amended to be "Memorandum of Understanding" rather than "Programmatic Agreement").

3. Recreational Trails Program Reviews Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. The FHWA Process Review Library has process reviews available within FHWA's internal intranet.

4. Draft Project Documentation Form. We posted a Draft Project Documentation Form to help document project costs for labor, mileage, and basic expenditures associated with relatively small projects, usually located off of highway rights-of-way. Each section has a table where you can add or remove rows as needed. Additional pages will be created automatically and description fields will auto-expand. Thanks to Paul Wistrand, FHWA Alaska Division, for developing this draft form. We welcome your comments:

  • Is this form helpful? Is it easy to use?
  • How would you improve it?

RTP Achievement Awards

The Coalition for Recreational Trails, a federation of national and regional trail-related organizations, announced its 2009 achievement awards to recognize outstanding trail projects funded by the national Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The awards will be presented in Washington DC during Great Outdoors Week 2009 (June 8-13). This awards program is part of the Coalition's ongoing effort to build awareness and appreciation of the RTP, which has greatly enhanced the quantity and quality of trail experiences available to the public. Additional information about the awards and a nomination form are posted on the American Trails RTP Awards website: The deadline for nominations is April 17, 2009.

Newsletters and Reports

FHWA Transportation Planning Update

FHWA's quarterly Transportation Planning Update for Winter 2009 (HTML / PDF 851 KB) has articles on:

  • Economic Recovery
  • Transportation and Climate Change
  • Land Use Planning
  • Safety and Operations
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Professional Development
  • Transit, Census Data, Freight, Travel Modeling, and more
  • Training, Planning Calendar

FHWA's Successes in Stewardship Newsletter

The March 2009 issue of FHWA's Successes in Stewardship Newsletter is available at This issue's feature story is: "Balancing Infrastructure Improvements with Historic Preservation: The Front Street Rehabilitation Project". This is a Transportation Enhancement project.

FHWA would like your feed back on the Environmental Review Toolkit website! Please share your thoughts by taking a brief survey located on the FHWA Environmental Review Toolkit Homepage: It is designed to tell FHWA how users, like you, use the Environmental Review Toolkit, and how the website could be improved.

FHWA Pedestrian Forum Newsletter

The Winter 2009 edition of the Pedestrian Forum Newsletter is posted at In this issue, you will find information on:

  • FHWA Begins Project to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Program Strategic Plan
  • Pedestrian Report to Congress
  • Accessible Pedestrian Signals Result in Safer Crossings
  • FHWA Memo: Snow Removal on Sidewalks Constructed with Federal Funding
  • Memorandum of Understanding to Promote Public Health and Recreation
  • Safe Routes to School Conference: Two Steps Ahead

America's Byways Bulletin

The February 2009 America's Byways Bulletin has news about America's Byways, National Scenic Byways Program grants, and Byway-related travel. See National Scenic Byways Grant Applications are due to FHWA division offices by March 13, 2009, see

National Park Service Conservation and Recreation Newsletter

The National Park Service has a monthly Conservation and Recreation Newsletter.

Planning for a Sustainable Future: A Guide for Local Governments

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 2 office released Planning for a Sustainable Future: A Guide for Local Governments, available at: Topics include Transportation; Land Use Planning; Biological Conservation and Open Space Preservation; Solid Waste Generation and Recycling; Energy, Air Quality, and Climate; Protecting Water Quality and Ensuring Future Supply; Green Building; and Green Procurement.

Recreation Planner Salary Survey Results

The National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP) released a national salary study of outdoor recreation planners. The project focused on reported compensation of outdoor recreation planners in the United States in 2008, encompassing professionals employed by Federal, State, and local governments, as well as the private sector. To learn more about NARRP, please visit To download a copy of the report: National Salary Study of Outdoor Recreation Planners. See also 29th Annual Conference information.

Outdoor Recreation Participation Report

The Outdoor Foundation released the 2008 Outdoor Recreation Participation Report. The report surveyed Americans ages six and older and covered 114 outdoor activities. The report found that overall participation in outdoor activities among Americans increased in 2007 with more than 138.4 million people getting outdoors. The outdoor participation for children between the ages of six and seventeen declined by more than 11 percent, with the greatest declines occurring between the ages of 6 and 12. See

Training Resources

  • Trail Training Ideas: American Trails produced Trail Training Ideas to provide information about training opportunities, a calendar, and how to improve trail-related training. See
  • Trail Management: Plans, Projects, and People (FWS OUT8194, BLM-TC-8300-17); March 30-April 3, 2009, Marconi Conference Center, Marshall, CA. Public agency trail staff, contractors, and volunteers will learn to achieve sustainable and accessible trails of all kinds, using the best practices of the trail management process. This collaborative process includes planning, design layout, construction, maintenance, monitoring, crew leadership, interpretation, operations, and safety. Field exercises include trail layout, construction, and maintenance techniques. See the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center catalog at; click on NCTC Sponsored Courses: (PDF 1.2MB), go to page 96 (page 62 of 75 in the PDF). You can complete the on-line application at

Conferences and Calendars

2009 Trailbuilders Conference
The Professional Trailbuilders Association released a newsletter to inform the public about the 2009 Trailbuilders Conference, to be held March 15-20, 2009, in Asheville NC. See the February 2009 update, and the February 28 update. This conference will highlight trail design and construction, stone work, accessible trails, working with youth and conservation corps, chain saw safety, and much more. See more information at

2009 NOHVCC and National Association of OHV Program Managers Annual Conferences, March 24-29, Houston, TX.

2009 National Association of Recreation Resource Planners Conference
The 2009 National Association of Recreation Resource Planners Conference will take place in Pittsburgh PA on April 27 - May 1, 2009. The program theme is "Creating Sustainable Communities through Regional Recreation Planning." See

The 41st International Snowmobile Congress will take place at Credit Union Place, Summerside, Prince Edward Island (Canada) on June 10-13, 2009. The ISC brings together snowmobile and groomer manufacturers, leaders of snowmobile organizations, grassroots snowmobilers, snowmobile publication staff, snowmobile administrators, government representatives, and other people interested in snowmobiling. State and Federal staff with snowmobile program responsibilities attend the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators meeting: see

State Trail Administrators Meeting / Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference: STAM 2009 will be held July 7-8, 2009 immediately prior to the Southeastern Equestrian Trails Conference, July 9-12, 2009, in Gainesville FL.

See more events at:

  • Trail-related events: American Trails Calendar.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian events: National Center for Bicycling and Walking Calendar with each CenterLines newsletter
  • Events posted on FHWA's Recreational Trails Program Events
  • Events posted on FHWA's Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty Calendar
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