ISTEA Enhances Transportation

by Douglas L. Tober, Woolpert, c/o Ann-Marie Dunn, Marketing Communications Manager, 409 E. Monument Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45402-1261.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 10, Pg. 64-66

Document Type: Feature article


The aim of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991 was to integrate communities with transportation programs. Engineering professionals now have the responsibility of carrying the plan out. ISTEA directs that at least 10% of a state's annual Surface Transportation funds must be available for Transportation Enhancements Activities (TEAS). For example, in Ohio, where there are active TEA programs, this amounts approximately $10 million per year. Engineering professionals should know how to obtain these funds, and what they are for. The categories for TEAS include scenic and environmental facilities, pedestrian and bicycle, and historic and archaeological facilities. New bikeways, roadside landscaping and infrastructure rehab projects are examples given in the piece. All TEA projects must aid in the building of a national intermodal transportation system. Meeting the needs of a 21st century intermodal transportation system has presented a challenge to transportation and environmental scientists. This article provides the framework for finding some solutions.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Environmental issues | Engineering education | Pedestrians | Bicycles | Historic buildings | Archaeology | Bikeways | Ohio | United States

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