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Endnotes

1 Sources: "Serving Rural America" US Department of Transportation Rural Program Guide (1999) and "Transportation: Connecting to Today's Rural America". A Report by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO).

[2] The Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21) is a new, major aviation legislation designed to increase the Small Airport Fund, guarantee funding for General Aviation Airports, and allow pavement maintenance projects to be funded under the Airport Improvement Program at non-primary airports.

[3] However, Kentucky actually conducted an analysis of transit operations and found many of the existing systems to be fragmented, underutilized and uncoordinated. As a result, the Governor required four separately funded transit program initiatives to be consolidated under the Transportation Cabinet instead of being administered by four separate state agencies.

[4] As a positive example, Lancaster County in Pennsylvania contains some of the most pristine prime farmlands in the nation. In order to help manage and steer development properly, including public infrastructure investments, Lancaster County has established "growth boundaries". Moreover, Lancaster County is attempting to use the transportation project development process as a vehicle to link compatible land use solutions to the proposed project. Lancaster County has recommended commitment resolutions from most of the local governments to ensure land use compatibility in the future, as the proposed county-wide project evolves toward construction. More information is available at the Lancaster County website: www.co.lancaster.pa.us/planning/site/default.asp.

[5] The federal-aid system is defined by projects either partially or fully eligible for public funds. Federal-aid funding is often contingent upon local or state matching funds.

[6] This useful guide came from the Idaho Corridor Planning Guidebook, prepared by the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Transportation Planning, February 1998.

[7] The FHWA Right-of-way Office has a useful website that includes information on acquisition of property, property management, property valuation, relocation assistance and publications. This information is also useful for local governments that acquire right-of-way. The website is http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/real_estate.

[8] Hutchinson Area Transportation plan, SRF Consulting Group, Inc., August 1998.

[9] Route 16: The Corridor Tomorrow, New Hampshire Department of Transportation.

[10] Quad County Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Regional Transportation Plan, Washington, June 1994.

[11] Route 16: The Corridor Tomorrow, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, pg. 1.

[12] Route 16: The Corridor Tomorrow, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, pg. 11.

[13] Executive Summary, Hutchinson Area Transportation plan, SRF Consulting Group, Inc., August 1998.

[14] Agency partners include the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), along with transportation planners from McLeod County and the City of Hutchinson.

Updated: 04/04/2013
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