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Section 1221 of the TEA-21 (Public Law 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 by providing funds 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.
The TCSP program offers States, local governments, MPOs, tribal governments, and other public agencies the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate current preservation practices and activities that support these practices, as well as to develop new and innovative approaches to meet the purposes of the TCSP grant program (see Section II).
The USDOT established the TCSP in cooperation with other Federal agencies, State, regional, and local governments. The FHWA is administering the program and has established an interagency team to assist with program implementation. Representatives include the Department's Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Research and Special Programs Administration/ Volpe Center (RSPA), and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
This notice includes three sections: Section I: TCSP Program Information; Section II: Requests for FY 2002 TCSP Grants; and Section III: Recommendations for FY 2002 TCSP Research.