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
- Improve the efficiency of the transportation system of the United States.
- Reduce the impacts of transportation on the environment.
- Reduce the need for costly future investments in public infrastructure.
- Provide efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade.
- Examine community development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development that achieves the purposes identified in paragraphs (1) through (4).
(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 -
- is eligible for assistance under title 23 or chapter 53 of title 49, United States Code; or
- is to conduct any other activity relating to transportation, community, and system preservation that the Secretary
determines to be appropriate, including corridor preservation activities that are necessary to implement 1 or more of the following:
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. -
- IN GENERAL. - There is authorized to be appropriated from the Highway Trust Fund (other than the Mass Transit Account)
to carry out this section $25,000,000 for fiscal year 2005 and $61,250,000 for each of fiscal years 2006, 2007, 2008, and
- CONTRACT AUTHORITY. - Funds made available to carry out this section shall be available for obligation in the same
manner as if the funds were apportioned under chapter 1 of title 23, United States Code; except that such funds shall not
be transferable, and the Federal share for projects and activities carried out with such funds shall be determined in accordance
with section 120(b) of title 23, United States Code.
(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.