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Quality Community Program Application Announcement
In July, 2010, The Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) accepted Quality Community Program Application for fiscal years 2012-2013. Towns will be informed whether their applications were successful in the Spring of 2011. This Program includes existing programs you are probably already familiar with, including Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. The Department has consolidated the former individual applications into a “common” Quality Community Program application to improve overall program and project delivery, as well as to simplify application processes.
MaineDOT’s Quality Community Program includes federal and state funding opportunities to improve the quality community environment in Maine. This competitive program is intended to improve community transportation related facilities through bicycle and pedestrian, safety, environmental, scenic, historic, and other quality community improvements. The next applications are expected to be released in the spring of 2012 to compete for funding available in fiscal years 2014-2015.
The following are the major funding programs that support the Quality Community Program:
Transportation Enhancement Program
Transportation Enhancement (TE) funding opportunities are available to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through 12 eligible activities related to surface transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs, scenic and historic highway programs, landscaping and scenic beautification, historic preservation, and environmental mitigation. TE projects must relate to surface transportation and must qualify under one or more of the 12 eligible categories. TE is a primary source of funding for bike and pedestrian stand alone projects in the United States and in Maine. There is a 20% local match requirement. Successful projects must demonstrate that they will provide improved access or improve safety conditions. This funding is available every 2 years.
Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) funding is intended to provide resources for infrastructure improvements and activities to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school and after school activities. Infrastructure improvements such as school zone lights, traffic calming and sidewalk improvements are intended to be part of a larger effort within communities to improve conditions and raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking to school. The Safe Routes to School Program is the only program within the Quality Community Program that provides up to 100 percent funding for projects within 2 miles of an elementary or middle school. Infrastructure improvements must be within two miles of a school to make walking and biking safer for students (e.g. for sidewalks, signage, crossings, bike lanes, traffic calming, etc.). If you are interested in exploring this funding opportunity, contact us to arrange for a site visit and for tips for preparing for the next SRTS funding application. Join our mailing list [need LINK to form] to be notified when the 2014 application is available.
SRTS Links of Interest
Scenic Byways Program
Scenic Byway Funding is available for designated scenic byways throughout the state. Sidewalks and trails in village areas on scenic byways can be funded with Scenic Byway funding. This program accepts applications each year. Contact your Regional Planning Council or Fred Michaud at MaineDOT at 207-624-3279.
This page last updated on 10/16/13
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