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1 National Transportation Conference August 29-30, 2006, NCTC Rob Draper, Federal Highway Administration Pat Fisher, Oregon Department of Transportation Graham Stroh, National Transportation Enhancement Center

2 National Transportation Conference August 29-30, 2006, NCTC Session Objectives: –Overview and understanding of TE programs and eligible categories –Success stories – how and why? –Where to go for more information

3 National Transportation Conference Transportation Enhancements Shepherdstown, WV – August 29-30, 2006 Rob Draper, Team Leader Byways, Bike-Ped, Trails, and Enhancements Federal Highway Administration (202)

4 Federal-aid Highway Program Large program: $48 billion per year. Small staff: about 3,000. Partners with States, MPOs, and Federal land management agencies.

5 Transportation Enhancements 12 Eligible Categories 1)Pedestrian and bicycle facilities 2)Pedestrian and bicycle safety and education 3)Scenic or historic easements and sites (including battlefields) 4)Scenic or historic highway programs 5)Landscaping and scenic beautification 6)Historic preservation 7)Historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities 8)Rail-trail conversions 9)Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising 10)Archaeological planning and research 11)Mitigate highway water pollution and wildlife mortality 12)Transportation museums

6 Focus on Pedestrians & Bicycles 1)Pedestrian and bicycle facilities 2)Pedestrian and bicycle safety and education 8)Rail-trail conversions Bicycle Education and Enhancement Program Philadelphia, PA TE Award: $424,000 Mineral Belt Trail Leadville, CO TE Award: $194,000 Old Salem Pedestrian Overpass Winston-Salem, NC TE Award: $1,560,728

7 Focus on Beautification 4)Scenic or historic highway programs 5)Landscaping and scenic beautification 9)Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising Brandywine Valley Scenic Byway Brandywine Valley, DE TE Award: $132,150 Gervais Streetscape Columbia, SC TE Award: $4,244,480 BEFORE AFTER Oklahoma Billboard Control and Removal Program Statewide, OK TE Award: $1,000,000

8 Focus on Preservation 6)Historic preservation 7)Historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities 10)Archaeological planning and research 12)Transportation museums Plum Beach Lighthouse Restoration North Kingstown, RI TE Award: $500,000 Ben Schroeder Saddletree Factory Madison, IN TE Award: $932,000 Lake Champlain Survey Lake Champlain, VT TE Award: $50,000 Route 66 Museum Kingman, AZ TE Award: $240,000

9 Focus on Mitigation 11)Mitigate highway water pollution and wildlife mortality Ionia County Road-Stream Crossing Study Ionia County, MI TE Award: $32,481 Restore Tidal Wetlands at Fletchers Creek Milford, CT TE Award: $65,320

10 TE Projects must relate to surface transportation: Some factors that can help establish this relationship: Proximity to a highway or a nonmotorized transportation corridor, Enhances the aesthetic, cultural, or historic aspects of the travel experience, and Serves a current or past transportation purpose.

11 TE Projects must relate to surface transportation: Some factors that are not good enough: Near the road, or can see it from the road. People walk or travel there. People used to go there before the highway was built or before people used cars or buses.

12 Match – “nonfederal” Share 80 percent Federal – 20 percent match – with sliding scale Matching share must be met on “programmatic” basis, e.g., all projects. Federal agency funds may be used for match on a project; but it does not count toward the match for all projects.

13 Enhancement Apportionments and Obligations: FY 1992 – FY 2005 Note: 2004 and 2005 apportionments are not yet final. FY 2006 – 2009 are expected to be about the same as FY Note: 2004 and 2005 apportionments are not yet final. FY 2006 – 2009 are expected to be about the same as FY Dollars in Millions

14 Oregon Department of Transportation Transportation Enhancements Pat Rogers Fisher TE Program Manager Oregon Dept. of Transportation (503)

15 Main Topics Oregon’s TE program TE in your state — What to ask TE Activities for resource agencies Tips for successful application TE projects by USFWS

16 Oregon’s TE Program 2-part program – Statewide Competitive – Director’s Discretionary Allocation 5.8 $M/yr FY $M/yr FY Application on 2-year cycle with STIP update

17 Sidewalk, Bike Lane 36 % Separate Path 31 % Streetscape 14 % Other TE Activity 19 % (scenic, historic, environmental) TE Projects, FY

18 Project Requirements TE Awards – minimum, maximum & typical Matching funds – minimum, soft match policy Standards – AASHTO, local or other Focus & Support – plans, goals, other programs Contracting – state, federal and federal-aid rules Your State – What to Ask

19 Application & Review Schedule and Process -- Due dates. Frequency. Notification. -- Pre-app required? Local or statewide selection? Assistance for applicants? Web site? Workshops? Local DOT contacts? Screening and Review What kind? By whom? Public involvement? Your State – What to Ask

20 Selection Team – who’s on it? Selection Method – scoring, meetings Approvals – DOT, FHWA and final After Award – what’s next? Your State – What to Ask: Selection and Approval

21 Twelve TE Activities 1.Facilities for Pedestrians and Bicyclists 2.Safety and Educational Activities for Pedestrians and Bicyclists 3.Acquisition of Scenic Easements and Scenic or Historic Sites (including historic battlefields) 4.Scenic or Historic Highway Programs (including tourist and welcome center facilities)

22 more TE Activities… 5.Landscaping and Other Scenic Beautification 6.Historic Preservation 7.Rehabilitation and Operation of Historic Transportation Buildings, Structures and Facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals) 8.Preservation of Abandoned Railway Corridors (including conversion and use for pedestrian or bicycle trails)

23 more TE Activities… 9.Inventory, Control and Removal of Outdoor Advertising 10.Archaeological Planning and Research 11.Environmental Mitigation (i) to address water pollution due to highway runoff or (ii) to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity 12.Establishment of Transportation Museums

24 Enhancing your Application Choice of Project Fits a TE Activity Early coordination done Match and partnerships confirmed Scope of Work Meets design & development standards Logical end-points or phasing Funding, Partnerships – simple and secure

25 Enhancing your Application Matching Funds Qualified match from confirmed sources Cash or soft match? Match vs. non-TE cost Cost Estimate Be specific and realistic Be reasonable (it’s transportation funding) Use other funds for non-TE work

26 Enhancing your Application Format and Content Speak to known rating factors Respect page limits, font size, formatting Use legible maps and graphics Consider the Reviewers Give short, simple answers Stick to the question. Don’t repeat. Check overall appearance – text, tables, maps

27 Shell Island Simpson Reef Overlook – Walkway to Viewpoint

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29 Cannery Hill Overlook

30 For further information Oregon TE web site: FHWA web site: National TE Clearinghouse:

31 For more information: FHWA Environment website: FHWA Transportation Enhancements website: State TE Manager contacts:

32 National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse Graham Stroh NTEC Coordinator NTEC (6832)

33 Information Clearinghouse Serves: TE project sponsors. Provide publications and technical assistance to help inexperienced local TE project sponsors. State DOT TE managers. Help state DOT staff share best practices and facilitate communication about the TE program across the nation. The Federal Highway Administration / Stakeholders Collect information on TE program spending and maintain a comprehensive list of TE projects throughout the country so that the FHWA and TE stakeholder groups can track the progress of the TE program.

34 Provides Answers for Sponsors Answers the silly questions (there aren’t any) Explains the 12 eligible activities in depth Provides examples of completed Projects Shipyard Waterfront Walkway. Hoboken, NJ Norwalk River Valley Trail. Norwalk, CT

35 FHWA & Stakeholders Information About the program NTEC tracks all TE projects nationwide. Creates National and State level views of how TE spending has been distributed since 1992 Nation TE Spending $7.1 Billion

36 Each State Is Different West Virginia: $62.7 Million Oregon $74.5 Million

37 How To Use NTEC: Go to the website TE Basics section: Good place to start for general information about the program (background, funding, eligibility, applying) State Profiles: This is where you access state-specific information about the TE program. Project Lists: Look up the 20,000 plus projects that have received funding to date. Use this to find out about previous projects in your area Publications: Order or download copies of publications from NTEC and the FHWA related to TE Important Web Pages for Potential Sponsors:

38 How to Use NTEC: Call Us When the question isn’t answered on the website call us! In addition to the Web site, we offer technical assistance over the phone and by We can help answer questions related to TE project development Research specific types of projects And clarify eligibility questions NTEC (6832)


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