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Transportation, Community, and System Preservation Program 2010 Solicitation


The Transportation, Community, and System Preservation (TCSP) Program provides funding for a comprehensive initiative including planning grants, implementation grants, and research to investigate and address the relationships among transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices and identify private sector-based initiatives to improve those relationships.

States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments are eligible for TCSP Program discretionary grants to plan and implement strategies which improve the efficiency of the transportation system, reduce environmental impacts of transportation, reduce the need for costly future public infrastructure investments, ensure efficient access to jobs, services and centers of trade, and examine development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development patterns which achieve these goals.

Additional information on the TCSP Program can be found at


TEA-21 Section 1221
SAFETEA-LU Section 1117


Funded by contract authority; funds are not transferable. Funds are subject to the overall Federal-aid highway obligation limitation. Funds are to be allocated by the Secretary to States, metropolitan planning organizations, local and tribal governments, ensuring an equitable distribution to a diversity of populations and geographic regions.


The Federal share payable shall be 80% or subject to the sliding scale rate under 23 USC 120(b).


Funds may be used to carry out eligible projects to integrate transportation, community, and system preservation plans and practices that:

  1. Improve the efficiency of the transportation system of the United States.
  2. Reduce the impacts of transportation on the environment.
  3. Reduce the need for costly future investments in public infrastructure.
  4. Provide efficient access to jobs, services, and centers of trade.
  5. Examine community development patterns and identify strategies to encourage private sector development.

Eligibility is broadly defined as a project eligible for assistance under Title 23 or Chapter 53 of Title 49, or any other activity the Secretary determines to be appropriate to implement transit-oriented development plans, traffic calming measures, or other coordinated TCSP practices.


The Secretary of Transportation will make grants for projects from States, metropolitan planning organizations, local governments, and tribal governments, with priority consideration given to projects that meet all of the following:

  1. Have instituted preservation or development plans and programs that -
    1. are coordinated with State and local preservation or development plans, including transit-oriented development plans;
    2. promote cost-effective and strategic investments in transportation infrastructure that minimize adverse impacts on the environment; or
    3. promote innovative private sector strategies;
  2. Have instituted other policies to integrate transportation, community, and system preservation practices, such as -
    1. spending policies that direct funds to high-growth areas;
    2. urban growth boundaries to guide metropolitan expansion;
    3. "green corridors" programs that provide access to major highway corridors for areas targeted for efficient and compact development; or
    4. 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.


FHWA has not established regulatory criteria for the selection of TCSP projects; however, FHWA notes that the following criteria will also be considered in the evaluation of candidates for this program:


The following information must be included to properly evaluate the candidate projects. The appropriate division office must submit the applications by electronic mail in Microsoft Word format. Those applications that do not include these items are considered incomplete and will not be considered in the evaluation selection process.

If the State desires to submit additional information, such as maps, pictures, copies of support letters etc., those items must be submitted electronically to the FHWA division office, who will submit them to Headquarters. This additional information should be identified by the State and Project Title that matches items 1 and 5 of the electronic application. These additional items are not required. Any support letters should be addressed and sent to the Federal Highway Administrator, who is the official ultimately responsible for selecting projects for funding.


After the applications are received and projects are selected for funding, it is required that Congress be notified before the funds are allocated to the States. When this Congressional notification process is completed, the Office of Planning, Environment and Realty will issue an announcement by email to all FHWA division offices, announcing the TCSP projects that will be funded and the amount of funding for each project.

At that time, States may request that funds be allocated for any projects for which the funds are ready to be obligated. The State transportation agency shall send an email to the FHWA division office indicating the project, the amount requested for allocation, and the date by which the funds will be obligated. The Office of Planning, Environment and Realty will issue the allocation memorandum within a few days of receiving the allocation request from the division office.


  1. Coordinate with State, metropolitan planning organizations, local, tribal, and Federal agencies within the State to develop project applications.
  2. Ensure that the applications are completed for candidate projects in accordance with the submission requirements outlined above.
  3. If required, establish priorities if submitting more than one project.
  4. Submit the applications electronically to the local FHWA division office on time so that the submission deadline can be met.
  5. Submit request to FHWA division office for allocation of funds, after awards are announced, and when project funds are ready to be obligated.



Updated: 8/1/2013
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