TEA-21 - Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century
Moving Americans into the 21st Century
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ISTEA SCORECARD: A CLEAN SWEEP FOR THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSALS
MAY 29, 1998
This historic legislation reflects President Clinton's priorities of
providing fiscally-responsible, balanced investment in our transportation
system while continuing to invest in our people.
-- Secretary Slater, May 22, 1998
President Clinton and Congress have agreed to an ISTEA reauthorization bill:
the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, TEA-21. The President's
March 1997 ISTEA reauthorization proposal was based on the premise that ISTEA
works, and that it should be continued with major new programs targeted to meet
the challenges of the new century. Congress agreed; no Presidential
transportation proposal has ever been followed as closely as this one.
Congress adopted the President's key proposals for:
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- Increased Safety. Protects Americans' health and safety through
programs to increase seat belt use, reduce crashes at highway-rail crossings,
and prevent pipeline explosions. It also fights drunk driving through $500
million in incentives to encourage states to adopt tough 0.08 blood alcohol
Congress agreed with the President's call for increased NHTSA funding,
a strong highway-rail grade crossing program, new and expanded incentive
programs to promote seat belt use and fight drunk driving, national One Call
legislation for pipelines, and upgraded airbag safety technologies.
- A Cleaner Environment. Strengthens proven strategies to safeguard
public health and the environment, such as the $8.1 billion Congestion
Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program to help communities clean their
air, $3 billion in Transportation Enhancements to help them improve their
quality of life, and new technologies, such as less-polluting trucks developed
through the $250 million Advanced Vehicle Program.
President Clinton called for keeping CMAQ as a distinct program,
greatly increasing funding for CMAQ and Transportation Enhancements, and
preserving flexibility to transfer highway funds to transit and intermodal
- Expanded Opportunity. Expands opportunity for all Americans
through a new, $750 million Access to Jobs program to help those making the
transition from welfare rolls to payrolls; a continued, effective Disadvantaged
Business Enterprise program; and strong labor protections for transportation
President Clinton first proposed the welfare-to-work program, fought
for continuing the DBE program, and insisted that traditional labor protections
such as Davis-Bacon and 13-C continue.
- Rebuilding America. Guaranteed $198 billion to continue rebuilding
America's transportation system. Record investment while keeping faith with our
commitments to a balanced budget and to President Clinton's priorities such as
education, child care, and Social Security.
President Clinton supported record investment, but insisted that it fit
within the balanced budget without cutting education and other priorities.
TEA-21's guaranteed level of $198 billion cuts about $17 billion in excess
spending initially approved by Congress.
- A Balanced Approach. Expands core highway programs while
providing $42 billion for transit, $1.3 billion for Intelligent Transportation
Systems, and expanded flexibility to use funds for intermodal projects.
Congress adopted the President's proposals for building on ISTEA's
intermodal approach through increased investment in transit, expanded use of
preventive maintenance, new eligibility for bus and intermodal projects, and
increased benefits for transit users.
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