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Transportation Enhancement
(TE) Program

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.

TE Program Information:

Call for Projects

Application Form
Microsoft Word format

MCOG TE App Supplement
Microsoft Word format

MCOG TE Process

Screening Criteria

Conservation Corps Requirement

Model Project Scoring

Project Scoring Form

Caltrans web page

The following applications were received. Awards were made at MCOG's meeting of Dec. 5, 2011.

Announcement 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.