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Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 Information

In December 1991, President Bush signed the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 providing authorizations for highways, highway safety, and mass transit for the next six years. Total funding of about $155 billion was available over fiscal years 1992-1997.

The purpose of the Act was clearly enunciated in its statement of policy:

"to develop a National Intermodal Transportation System that is economically efficient, envinronmentally sound, provides the foundation for the Nation to compete in the global economy and will move people and goods in an energy efficient manner."

The provisions of the Act reflect these important policy goals. Some of the major features included:


Many of the provisions originated in ISTEA have been continued or expanded in its follow-up legislation, the Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).

Updated: 05/16/2013
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