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Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program & Safe Routes

2012 Program

MaineDOT has accepted applications for federal Transportation Enhancement (TE) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding through the MaineDOT Quality Community Program. Typical types of projects funded under this program include sidewalks, crossing improvements, off-road connections, downtown improvements, etc. The goal of this program is to improve transportation, improve safety, and promote economic development. MaineDOT will schedule site visits as needed after Letters of Intent have been filed.

Deadlines

Letters of intent were received on May 11th. Application were received August 3rd, 2012 for those communities who submitted a letter of intent.

Announcement of Award(s) and Funding Timeline

If approved for funding, the projects will be included in the fiscal 2014-2015 budget years. Communities will find out if applications are approved in the spring of 2013.

Note: In most cases, if project is awarded, design will be funded first, with construction funding eligible only once Preliminary Design is completed, and once additional federal funding becomes available.

Example Forms from 2012

For more information, please contact Dan Stewart, Quality Community Program Manager at 207-624-3252 or dan.stewart@maine.gov.

Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program

The Transportation Enhancement Program was a federally funded program to help communities improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to provide transportation options that relate to surface transportation under the eligible categories of TE.The TE Program is transitioning into a Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding program under the 2012 Transportation Bill. MaineDOTís program principally supports locally-initiated projects that improve the community transportation environment, economic vibrancy, safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, downtown revitalization initiatives and environmental mitigation. There is a required 20% local share under this program. These applications are typically available in the spring of even numbered years.

Transportation Enhancement (now TA) funding opportunities are available to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through 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 eligible categories. TE is a primary source of funding for bike and pedestrian stand alone projects in the United States and in Maine. Successful projects must demonstrate that they will provide improved access or improve safety conditions.

For more information on projects funded through this program view the success reports found at www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/

More information about projects eligible under this program can be found at the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administrationís web site, and www.enhancements.org.

Safe Routes to Schools

Safe Routes to School is a federally funded program to enable, and encourage, children; including those with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to/from school and after school activities. Major goals of the program are to increase bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety, and to assist communities in improving conditions for walking and bicycling to school. MaineDOT seeks projects that substantially improve the ability of students to walk, and bicycle, within two miles of an elementary or middle school. These applications are typically available in the spring of even numbered years.

Safe Routes to School 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.).

For more information on the Safe Routes to School Program and projects funded through this program view the success reports at www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/