TEA-21 - Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
Moving Americans into the 21st Century
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Transportation enhancements (TE) are transportation-related activities that are designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the Nations intermodal transportation system. The transportation enhancements program provides for the implementation of a variety of non-traditional projects, with examples ranging from the restoration of historic transportation facilities, to bike and pedestrian facilities, to landscaping and scenic beautification, and to the mitigation of water pollution from highway runoff.
Retains the 10% transportation enhancements set-aside of STP funds. [23USC133(d)(2)]
Federal Share [1108(b)(2)]
Continues current matching requirements, with the following new innovative financing options:
Under either of the above options, up to 100% of an individual project may be financed with Federal funds.
Up to 25 percent of the difference between the amount set aside for TE for the fiscal year and the amount set aside for TE for FY 1997 may be transferred to IM, CMAQ, NHS and/or the Bridge Program.
Requires that transportation enhancement activities must relate to surface transportation.
Expands the definition of transportation enhancements eligibilities to specifically include the following (italicized type indicates new language):
Encourages use of qualified youth conservation or service corps to perform appropriate TE activities. [1108(g)]
Mandated TE Projects [1215, TRA 9003(g)]
In addition to TE funding from the STP setaside, the following projects are mandated in TEA-21, each with accompanying HTF contract authority:
Virginia - $600,000 for FY 1999 for construction of the Virginia Blue Ridge Parkway interpretive center on the Roanoke River Gorge
Missouri - $2 million for FY 1999 for the renovation and preservation of Rt. 66 Chain of Rocks Bridge
An additional TE project for construction of Type II noise barriers on a portion of I-285 in Dekalb County, Georgia, to be funded from NHS and STP apportionments.
September 14, 1998