FHWA Contact: Christopher B Douwes, Trails and Enhancements Program Manager
email@example.com; 202-366-5013; fax 202-366-3409.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) replaced the Transportation Enhancement Activities with the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). MAP-21 also authorized TAP projects under the Surface Transportation Program (STP). The information below refers to the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Activities as in effect prior to MAP-21. TE funds apportioned in prior years will continue to be available for their specified period of availability under the same terms and conditions in effect prior to the effective date of MAP-21.
The Transportation Enhancement (TE) Activities offer funding opportunities to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through 12 eligible TE activities related to surface transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs, scenic and historic highway programs, landscaping, historic preservation, and environmental mitigation. TE projects must relate to surface transportation and must qualify under one or more of the 12 eligible categories.
The National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse (NTEC) provides an introduction to TE, State profiles, project examples, a project database, reports on TE program funding, and TE-related publications.
TE Activities Defined:
TE funds may be used for workforce development, training, and education under 23 U.S.C. 504(e), provided the activity specifically benefits eligible TE activities. See Transportation Enhancements Guidance Supplement - Workforce Development, Training, and Education. States are encouraged to enter into contracts and cooperative agreements with qualified youth conservation or service corps.
Transportation Enhancement Webpages: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/transportation_enhancements/
Program Guidance: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/transportation_enhancements/guidance/
This page links to the TE Guidance, other relevant FHWA procedures, financial management, accessibility, and summaries of State practices. The TE Guidance webpage is consistent with the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) Guidance webpage. Some resources applicable to the RTP may be labeled Transportation Enhancement Activities, and some resources applicable to TE may be labeled Recreational Trails Program. These programs can and should work together toward common goals. TE and RTP program managers should work together.
RTP and TE Update: www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/rtp_te_update/
The RTP and TE Update is an archive of updates sent to State Trail Administrators, TE Program Managers, and advocacy groups. Items include updates on program-related issues, general announcements, and upcoming events.
This page links to other related resources and TE interest organizations.