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NONMOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION PILOT PROGRAM
SAFETEA-LU establishes a new program to fund pilot projects to construct a network of nonmotorized transportation infrastructure facilities in 4 designated communities. The purpose is to demonstrate the extent to which walking and bicycling can represent a major portion of the transportation solution in certain communities.
SAFETEA-LU Section(s): 1807
Funded by contract authority, available until expended. Contract authority is not subject to transfer and is subject to the overall Federal-aid obligation limitation.
The Secretary may make a grant of $6,250,000 per fiscal year for each designated community.
Funds may be used to construct, in the following 4 communities selected by the Secretary, a network of non-motorized transportation infrastructure facilities, including sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian and bicycle trails, that connect directly with transit stations, schools, residences, businesses, recreation areas, and other community activity centers:
Projects shall be treated as projects on a Federal-aid system under chapter 1, 23 U.S.C.
Program Assessment and Report to Congress
The Secretary must develop statistical information on changes in motor vehicle, nonmotorized transportation, and public transportation usage in participating communities, and assess how such changes decrease congestion and energy usage, increase the frequency of bicycling and walking, and promote better health and a cleaner environment.
An interim report on the results of the pilot program shall be submitted to Congress not later than September 30, 2007, and a final report no later than September 30, 2010.
The Federal share is 100 percent.