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The Federal Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 offered new and exciting opportunities for states to enhance the transportation system with the introduction of the Transportation Enhancement Program. ISTEA provided all levels of government and the private sector with the opportunity to work together to plan and develop intermodal transportation systems. Intermodal transportation systems involve various forms of transportation that are both integrated and interconnected while tailored to the specific needs of particular geographic areas.

One part of ISTEA directed that at least 10 percent of Missouri's Surface Transportation Program funds must be allocated toward transportation enhancement activities, which go beyond the normal elements of a transportation improvement project. By federal law, these funds must be used for transportation enhancements and for no other purpose. The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission approved this program in July 1992.

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) continues this tradition. Approximately $14 million will be available annually for federal fiscal years 1998 through 2003 for enhancing Missouri's transportation system. The actual dollar amount will be dependent upon congressional and state appropriations. A portion of these funds will be retained by MoDOT for landscaping and bicycle/pedestrian projects to enhance highway and bridge projects. The remainder will be made available to the local public agencies to be programmed over a four-year period constituting larger rounds than the standard six-year cycle.

The Federal Transportation Enhancement Program offers extensive opportunities to take unique and creative actions to integrate transportation into our communities and the natural environment. Transportation enhancement activities can be stand-alone projects or implemented as part of an ongoing transportation project. In either case, the project must relate to the intermodal transportation system in terms of function, proximity or impact. For example, an independent bike path is a functional component of the intermodal transportation system. Removal of outdoor advertising within an individual's view of a highway is justified in light of its proximity. Retrofitting an existing highway by creating a wetland to filter runoff from the highway would qualify based on the impact of the highway in terms of water pollution.

Enhancement projects must be projects that are over and above what is considered routine construction or maintenance. By effectively using the Transportation Enhancement Program, transportation enhancement activities can increase the value of a project and/or make it more aesthetically pleasing.

 

Transportation Enhancement Funds Project Guide (130 kb, 31 pages)

Transportation Enhancement Funds Program Application (112 kb, 8 pages)

 

Eligible Enhancement Categories include:

  • Facilities for Pedestrians and Bicycles for Transportation Purposes.
  • Acquisition of Scenic Easements and Scenic or Historic Sites.
  • Scenic or Historic Highway Programs.
  • Landscaping and other Scenic Beautification.
  • Historic Preservation.
  • Rehabilitation and Operation of Historic Transportation Buildings, Structures or Facilities Including Historic Railroad Facilities and Canals.
  • Preservation of Abandoned Railway Corridors Including Conversion and Use for Pedestrian and Bicycle Trails.
  • Control and Removal of Outdoor Advertising.
  • Archaeological Planning and Research.
  • Mitigation of Water Pollution due to Highway Runoff.
  • Establishment of Transportation Museums

Project Eligibility Requirements include:

  • Project must meet at least one of the 11 transportation enhancement fund categories (listed above).
  • Project has a direct relationship to the intermodal transportation system in terms of function, proximity, or impact.
  • Project must be open for public access in perpetuity. (Property must be owned by the Project Sponsor or involve a permanent lease).
  • The project sponsor must provide a match of at least 20 percent of the total project costs.
  • The project sponsor must be a local government or public agency. (If the applicant is a state or federal agency then the state or federal agency applicant must include a resolution from the local governing councils or commission supporting the project.)
  • The project must involve activities that are over and above normal transportation practice.
  • The project must meet a minimum score, which is given by the selection committee.

For more information, please contact Danica Stovall-Taylor via e-mail or by calling 573-526-4800.  MoDOT Customer Service can be reached at 1-888 ASK MODOT.

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