How Does the Program Work?
TCSP is a five-year program, extending from 1999 through 2003. The program is managed by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in cooperation with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), the Office of the Secretary (OST), the Research and Special Program Administration’s (RSPA) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (VNTSC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TCSP grants are available to States, local governments, and metropolitan planning organizations, and may be spent over a period of up to two years.
A request for applications for the FY 1999 TCSP program was published in the Federal Register on September 16, 1998. Applicants were requested to submit Letters of Intent by November 15. FHWA, FTA, and EPA field staff reviewed and provided comments on these submissions to a 20-person technical review panel comprised of program experts from FHWA and its partner agencies. Following a similar review process, a technical panel evaluated the final proposals. The FY 1999 grant recipients were announced by the Secretary of Transportation on April 26, 1999.
For the second and future years of the program, the application procedure for TCSP discretionary funds has been changed to a one-step process. To expedite the process of reviewing proposals and awarding grants, the initial Letter of Intent was eliminated. Applicants now submit a page-limited grant request. From the 292 second-year requests submitted on July 15, 1999, grants for FY 2000 will be selected. In addition, proposals were solicited for research related to TCSP goals and objectives. These research proposals were due by September 14, 1999, with announcement of research project awards expected in January 2000.