AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.
ACTION: Notice; request for applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2000 Transportation and Community and System Preservation (TCSP) grants; request for FY 2000 TCSP research proposals; request for comments on program implementation and research needs.
SUMMARY: This document provides guidance on section 1221 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which established the Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot Program. The TCSP provides funding for grants and research to investigate and address the relationship between transportation and community and system preservation. The States, local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other local and regional public agencies are eligible for discretionary grants to plan and implement transportation strategies which improve the efficiency of the transportation system, reduce environmental impacts of transportation, reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments, ensure efficient access to jobs, services and centers of trade, and examine development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns which achieve these goals. FY 2000 is the second year of the TCSP pilot program.
Through the TCSP, the States, local governments, MPOs, and other public agencies will develop, implement and evaluate current preservation practices and activities that support these practices, as well as develop new, innovative approaches to meet the purposes of the TCSP grant program (see section II in preamble). Funding for the TCSP was authorized at $25 million per year for FY's 2000 through 2003 by TEA-21. The Administration's FY 2000 budget proposes to increase the funding for TCSP to $50 million as part of the President's Livability Initiative. The FHWA seeks requests for FY 2000 TCSP grants, proposals for FY 2000 TCSP research, and public comments from all interested parties regarding implementation of the TCSP program and research related to the program in FY 2001 and beyond.
DATES: Requests for FY 2000 grants should be received in the appropriate FHWA Division office by July 15, 1999. Proposals for FY 2000 TCSP research should be received in the FHWA Office of Planning and Environment by September 15, 1999. Comments on program implementation, research needs, and priorities should be received by the DOT Docket Clerk on or before July 15, 1999.
ADDRESSES: Grant requests should be submitted to the FHWA Division Office in the State of the applicant. Division addresses and telephone numbers are provided in an attachment to this notice. Research proposals should be submitted to the Office of Human Environment, Planning and Environment, Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, D.C. 20590.
Your signed, written comments on program implementation should refer to FHWA Docket No. 98-4370 appearing at the top of this notice and you should submit the comments to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001. All comments received will be available for examination at the above address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Those desiring notification of receipt of comments should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan B. Petty, Office of Human Environment, Planning and Environment, (HEHE), (202)366-0106; or S. Reid Alsop, Office of the Chief Counsel, HCC-31, (202)366-1371; Federal Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington D.C. 20590.
Internet users may access all comments received by the U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, by using the universal resource locator (URL): http://docketsinfo.dot.gov/. It is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. Please follow the instructions online for more information and help.
An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded using a modem and suitable communications software from the Government Printing Office's Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202)512-1661. Internet users may reach the Federal Register's home page at: http://www.nara.gov/fedreg and the Government Printing Office's database at: http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara. Information is also available on the FHWA Web page: (http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/resources/topics/).
Section 1221 of the TEA-21 (Pub. L. 105-178, 112 Stat. 107 (1998)) established the TCSP. The Department of Transportation's Strategic Plan (1997-2003) includes a series of goals related to safety, mobility and access, economic growth and trade, enhancement of communities and the natural environment, and national security. The TCSP pilot program furthers each of these goals and provides funding for grants and research to investigate and address the relationship between transportation and community and system preservation. By funding innovative activities at the neighborhood, local, metropolitan, regional, and State levels, the program is intended to increase the knowledge of the costs and benefits of different approaches to integrating transportation investments, community preservation, land development patterns and environmental protection. It will enable communities to investigate and address important relationships among these many factors.
This notice includes three sections: Section I - Program Background and Information of Implementation of TCSP in FY 1999; Section II - Requests for FY 2000 TCSP Grants; and Section III - Requests for FY 2000 TCSP Research Proposals.