This is funded through a 10 percent set aside of the Surface Transportation Program category of
federal funds for projects which are transportation related. Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects
are designed to foster more livable communities, preserve and protect environmental and cultural
resources and to promote alternative modes of transportation.
Funds are available for design, right of way acquisition and construction. Selection of TE projects
involves the participation of civic and environmental groups, the transportation community and
other government organizations such as the state's Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
All applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program are to be submitted online through
System for Administering Grants Electronically (SAGE).
An advisory committee is charged with applying the selection criteria and preparing the recommended list
of projects for approval by the Commissioner of Transportation. Solicitation packages are usually sent
out in the winter to every municipality and county inviting them to submit an application in one or
more of twelve eligible categories.
TE funds are to be used only for projects with a direct transportation relationship that enhance quality
of life while reaching the greatest number of people.
- Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles.
- Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites.
- Scenic or historic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome
- Landscaping and other scenic beautification.
- Historic preservation.
- Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures and facilities
(including historic railroad facilities and canals).
- Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian
and bicycle trails).
- Control and removal of outdoor advertising.
- Archeological planning and research.
- Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused
wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity.
- Establishment of transportation-related museums.
Transportation Enhancements Recipients
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