Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)
SEC. 1117. TRANSPORTATION, COMMUNITY, AND SYSTEM PRESERVATION PROGRAM.
(a) ESTABLISHMENT. - In cooperation with appropriate State, tribal, regional, and local governments, the Secretary shall establish
a comprehensive program to address the relationships among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices
and identify private sector-based initiatives to improve such relationships.
(b) PURPOSE. - Through the program under this section, the Secretary shall facilitate the planning, development, and implementation
of strategies to integrate transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices that address 1 or more of the
(c) GENERAL AUTHORITY. - The Secretary shall allocate funds made available to carry out this section to States, metropolitan
planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments to carry out eligible projects to integrate transportation, community,
and system preservation plans and practices.
(d) ELIGIBILITY. - A project described in subsection (c) is an eligible
project under this section if the project -
A. Transit-oriented development plans.
B. Traffic calming measures.
C. Other coordinated transportation, community, and system preservation practices.
(e) CRITERIA. - In allocating funds made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall give priority consideration to applicants
1. have instituted preservation or development plans and programs that -
A. are coordinated with State and local preservation or development plans, including transit-oriented development plans;
B. promote cost-effective and strategic investments in transportation infrastructure that minimize adverse impacts on the environment; or
C. promote innovative private sector strategies;
2. have instituted other policies to integrate transportation, community, and system preservation practices, such as -
A. spending policies that direct funds to high-growth areas;
B. urban growth boundaries to guide metropolitan expansion;
C. "green corridors" programs that provide access to major highway corridors for areas targeted for efficient and compact development; or
D. other similar programs or policies as determined by the Secretary;
3. have preservation or development policies that include a mechanism for reducing potential impacts of transportation
activities on the environment;
4. demonstrate a commitment to public and private involvement, including the involvement of nontraditional partners
in the project team; and
5. examine ways to encourage private sector investments that address the purposes of this section.
(f) EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION. - In allocating funds to carry out this section, the Secretary shall ensure the equitable distribution of
funds to a diversity of populations and geographic regions.
(g) FUNDING. -
(h) CONFORMING AMENDMENT. - Section 1221 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (23 U.S.C. 101 note; 112 Stat.
221) is repealed.