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Federal Funding for Active Transportation and Recreation-Wesley Blount

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Title: Federal Funding for Active Transportation and Recreation
Track: Connect
Format: 60 minute panel
Abstract: This session will provide an overview about federal transportation programs that can fund infrastructure for walking and bicycling.
Presenters:
Presenter: Christopher Douwes Transportation Alternatives Program / Recreational Trails Program, FHWA
Co-Presenter: Wesley Blount Office of Planning, Environment & Realty FHWA

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Federal Funding for Active Transportation and Recreation-Wesley Blount

  1. 1. September 11, 2014 1
  2. 2. Understanding the role of livability and Funding Mechanism. Understanding Byways eligibility under TAP. SRTS (Safe Routes to School) and Funding Opportunities. Resources/Contacts. 2
  3. 3. The Role of Livability 3
  4. 4. Livability is about tying the quality and location of transportation facilities to broader opportunities such as access to good jobs, affordable housing, quality schools, and safe streets. Livable communities improve the quality of life in urban, suburban, and rural communities by promoting principles and projects that integrate land use, transportation, housing, and conservation of open green space and natural resources.
  5. 5. “Livability” is dependent upon the vision articulated by the residents and other stakeholders of a community. One Size Does Not Fit All! The U. S. Department of Transportation has made livable communities a high priority.
  6. 6. Getting from point “A” to point “B.” Connectivity Safety A network that benefits everyone 6
  7. 7. A strong collaboration among a broad range of participants. Enhancement of user mobility through the creation of more convenient transportation options for travelers. Improvement of accessibility and transport services for economically disadvantaged populations. 7
  8. 8. Placefit Community Characteristics Database FHWA Livable Communities Discussion Board Sustainable Highways Tool (INVEST) Partnership for Sustainable Communities 8
  9. 9. TAP (Transportation Alternative Program). CMAQ (Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program). STP (Surface Transportation Program). HSIP (Highway Safety Improvement Programs). 9
  10. 10. 10 Byways Eligibility Under TAP
  11. 11. National Scenic Byways program remains in law. Grant element was not funded by MAP-21. Restoration of Scenic Byway funding. 11
  12. 12. Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities related to a byway. Bicycle and pedestrian along a byway. Landscaping and scenic features maybe eligible as part of the construction any Federal-aid highway project under 23 U.S.C 319, including TAP funded projects. 12
  13. 13. Creation of a visitor Center Construction of a museum Marketing/Advertising, etc. 13
  14. 14. Improvement to existing transportation choices along the byway by enhancing connections between automobile, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian options for byway travelers or by reducing congestion on existing byway facilities. Enhancement of the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods – rural, urban or suburban. 14
  15. 15. Outcomes: Pedestrian bulb-outs Wider-than-standard sidewalks Utilities placed underground through the town’s core area
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  17. 17. To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school. To make bicycling and walking safer and more appealing transportation alternative. To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will approve safety 17
  18. 18. Under MAP-21 SRTS is no longer a stand alone program. All SRTS and eligibilities are folded under TAP. Must meet the 80/20 match or subject to a sliding scale rate. Funds can be used for non-infrastructure and infrastructure projects. Other Eligible funds include STP and HSIP Funds. 18
  19. 19. oAt least 10%, but not more than 30% of funding is required for non- infrastructure projects. Sessions Bicycle and pedestrian safety and health Bicycle and pedestrian materials and trainers Awareness campaign in Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety oAt least 70%, but not more than 90% of funding is required for infrastructure projects. Bicycle facilities Sidewalk improvements Bicycle and pedestrian crossing improvements **This requirement does not apply to MAP-21/TAP funds. 19
  20. 20. Before After 20
  21. 21. Before After 21
  22. 22. Before After 22
  23. 23. Resources 23
  24. 24. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/livability/ http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/safe_routes_to_school/guidance/ http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep/scenic_byways/ ◦Grant Info ◦Logo Requests ◦Contacts, etc. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways ◦Include the National Scenic byways and All American Roads ◦Offer maps, photos, visitor information, etc. 24
  25. 25. Livability Shana Baker (202) 366-4649 Shana.Baker@dot.gov Byways & SRTS Wesley Blount (202) 366-0799 Wesley.Blount@dot.gov 25

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