This program expired with the federal transportation bill SAFETEA-LU,
with the passage into law of MAP-21. The new bill eliminated TE
and reorganized various programs. A new Transportation Alternatives
Program (TAP) will fund some of the eligible project categories
of TE. Statewide implementation of TAP is pending.
MCOG's most recent cycle of federal TE funds had $815,000 available
(application period closed 10/3/2011). The TE funds are allocated
by regional transportation planning agencies.
Projects that enhance the surface transportation system (above
and beyond required mitigations), such as bicycle and pedestrian
trails, scenic and historic preservation, landscaping and beautification,
and wildlife habitat connectivity, were eligible.
The following applications were received. Awards were made at MCOG's
meeting of Dec. 5, 2011.
of TE Award - 12/13/2011
In 2009, MCOG made available $1,674,000 for TE projects in Mendocino
County. Nine applications were received, totalling more than $6
million. MCOG's Technical Advisory Committee reviewed, scored, and
ranked the applications and made a recommendation to the Board of
Directors. Four projects received awards. (See
Dec. 2009 meeting minutes, pages 4-6)
During MCOG's 2004 TE funding cycle, 12 applications were received
from qualified entities. The Technical Advisory Committee followed
MCOG's procedures as usual and made its recommendation to the Council.
On December 6, 2004, MCOG allocated approximately $2 million of
project awards to the Cities of Fort Bragg and Point Arena and the
County of Mendocino. (See press
release under "News" on this site)
Prior recipients of TE funds awarded by MCOG include: the County Museum for the
Redwood Empire Railroad History Project, Point Arena for the Coastal Access Scenic
Bikeway, and the City of Ukiah for their Major Transportation Corridor Enhancement
Project, to plant more than 200 trees and improve sidewalks in the city.
For more information, please contact Nephele
Barrett, Senior Planner.
Above: Coastal Access Scenic Bikeway trailhead
in Point Arena.