[tabi] Fw: Proposed Policy Statement on the Eligibility of Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Under Federal Transit Law

  • From: "Easy Talk" <easytalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 10:20:04 -0500

This could be wonderful news for our situation here in Tallahassee.

Robert

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Donna Smith 
To: debbiecg@xxxxxxxxxxx ; Robert Miller ; Sally Benjamin 
Cc: pedwards@xxxxxxx 
Sent: Tuesday, December 08, 2009 9:37 AM
Subject: FW: Proposed Policy Statement on the Eligibility of Pedestrian and 
Bicycle Improvements Under Federal Transit Law


Hi all.

 

The Federal Transit Administration is proposing to expand the area around a 
transit stop that can qualify as a pedestrian or bicycle pathway for which 
federal transit funds can be used.  It has always been the case that federal 
transit funds can be used to improve or install pedestrian and bicycle pathways 
that provide access to transit, but one problem has been that the size of this 
area was not well defined and the rule-of-thumb size for such an area was 
smaller than research supports.  So the purpose of this notice is to explicitly 
set the radius around transit for pedestrian projects to ½ mile and for bicycle 
paths to 3 miles, with the additional fact that more area can be included if 
there is evidence that this would support use of transit by pedestrians and 
cyclists.  

 

The link below will take you to the information about how to submit public 
comments as well as the full text of the proposed notice.  Per usual for such 
notices, it starts out with a lot of background information that could be 
interesting if you're not already familiar with how transit funds can be used 
to support pedestrian and bicycle paths.  However, if you want to cut to the 
chase, I recommend searching for the following:

 

III. Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Under Federal Transit Law 

This section provides you with very useful information about exactly which 
federal streams of funding are already eligible to be spent on pedestrian 
improvements.

 

IV. Proposed Policy 

This section actually takes you to the crux of what is being proposed as change 
in this notice, (i.e., extending the radius of the area that is eligible for 
development with transit funds.)

 

Given the level of interest in this topic among your chapters, I thought that 
you might want the opportunity to learn more about what's already available and 
to comment on the proposed expansion.  I'll share this information with the ACB 
Transportation Committee as well.

 

Here's the link to the Proposed Policy Statement on the Eligibility of 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements Under Federal Transit Law:

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-27240.htm

 

Thanks much.

 

Donna Smith

Training Manager

Easter Seals Project ACTION

 

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