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In its first three years, the TCSP program has funded nearly 200 projects across the country that are integrating transportation, community, and system preservation concerns. The benefits of the program have gone far beyond what might be expected with the modest amounts of funding available. Communities throughout the country are using TCSP funds to design transportation systems that enhance mobility, economic opportunity, and community livability, while minimizing environmental impacts and life-cycle costs. Individual projects supported by TCSP are leading to broader changes in transportation planning and design practices, as ideas and lessons learned from TCSP projects filter into other situations. Furthermore, TCSP is supporting the broader "smart growth" movement, in which communities are wrestling with the effects of ever-increasing traffic congestion and associated community and environmental impacts.
Among the Federal program partners and stakeholder groups interviewed for this report, there was widespread agreement that the goals and objectives of the TCSP program are worthwhile; that many of the TCSP projects - especially those awarded in FY 1999 and FY 2000 - are accomplishing these objectives; and that the program should continue in the future with these goals and objectives intact.
Looking beyond the five-year span of the pilot program authorized by TEA-21, initial consideration is already being given to reauthorization of the transportation spending bill in 2003. Program partners and stakeholders interviewed had the following additional ideas for continuing to implement the planning innovations begun under TCSP, whether through a distinct TCSP program or through another mechanism:
Overall, this review of TCSP’s accomplishments suggests that the innovative work undertaken in the first three years of the program is already beginning to leverage results. There is widespread hope that the demonstration of transportation, community, and system preservation practices undertaken through TCSP not only will continue, but broaden its reach.