TCSP Program Information
The TCSP provides funding for grants and research to investigate and address the relationship between transportation and community and system preservation. States, local governments, tribal governments, and MPOs are eligible for discretionary grants to plan and implement 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. Through the TCSP, States, local governments, and MPOs implement and evaluate current preservation practices and activities that support these practices, as well as develop new and innovative approaches. FY 2002 is the fourth year of the TCSP program.
The TCSP supports the Administration's high priority goals to encourage the development of livable communities.
Section 1221 of the TEA-21 identifies five purposes for TCSP projects. The purposes are broad and include transportation efficiency, the environment, access to jobs, services, and trade centers, efficient use of the existing infrastructure, and land use patterns. A key element of the TCSP is exploring the link between transportation and land use patterns. The FHWA is looking for innovative approaches to test and evaluate the effectiveness of integrating land use planning and transportation planning to meet the purposes of TCSP.
Funding in the TCSP is intended to plan, implement, and test new approaches for meeting the TCSP program goals. As a pilot program, the TCSP provides the opportunity to support and encourage non-traditional approaches, including non-traditional partnerships, and for communities to exchange experiences on new transportation and community preservation strategies.
Evaluation and Results
Project evaluation is a key component of the TCSP to help agencies and organizations demonstrate how new transportation related strategies can be most effectively implemented.
Applicants are required to include a project evaluation plan as part of their TCSP application. The evaluation plan should describe roles, responsibilities, project objectives, performance measures, evaluation methodologies, data sources, schedule milestones, and budgets. Clearly, stating the project's objectives and activities and anticipated results are important for successful proposals. It is also important to demonstrate how results will be measured, and how evaluation information will be made available to a national audience (e.g., through reports, web-sites, new models, etc.).
The TCSP encourages public and private participation in proposed projects. In addition, the TCSP encourages applicants to include non-traditional partners on the project team. The project team should also reflect the project type and scope. The roles and functions of the partners should also be explained.
FY 2001 TCSP Program
In response to the November 19, 1999, Federal Register notice (64 FR 63364-63371) requesting applications for TCSP funding, the FHWA received 298 applications from 48 States, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia for $197.2 million. These applications are being reviewed and the FHWA plans to award the FY 2001 funds to successful applicants after October 1, 2000.
Funding for the TCSP was authorized at $20 million for FY 1999 and $25 million each year for FYs 2000 through 2003 by the TEA-21. However, demand for the TCSP funds has exceeded the funds available. The FHWA has been able to provide funding to only 11.2 percent of the TCSP applicants. When combined with congressional earmarking, the funds available for competitive TCSP grants have been further reduced.
Summary of Comments to the Docket
The November 19, 1999, Federal Register notice (64 FR 63364) requested comments on the TCSP program implementation in FY 2001 and beyond. No comments were submitted to the docket (FHWA-98-4370) under this request. The complete docket may be viewed at the locations identified under the captions ADDRESSES and Electronic Access in the preamble.
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