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From our friends at the Alliance for Biking and Walking, I recently learned the following:

America Bikes has recently been informed by the Department of Transportation that large bicycle and pedestrian projects are eligible and that organizations are encouraged to submit such projects for the TIGER discretionary grants in the stimulus package.

The TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) is a discretionary grant program in the stimulus that makes $1.5 billion dollars available to local governments and MPOs “to make grants for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area, or a region.”

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has assured America Bikes that large and/or network-based bicycle projects, such as 2010 communities, are strong applicants and are encouraged to apply.
At a quick glance, the grant may not seem a good fit, but three of the five primary criteria for selection are livability, sustainability and safety –categories that bike/ped projects excel at – and the DOT has restated their ability to waive the $20 million minimum for a project that meets those criteria.
 
Applications are due September 15th.

We encourage Alliance groups to talk with their state or local governments about appropriate bike/ped projects for the TIGER Grant as soon as possible and to send any questions to TIGERGrants@dot.gov

Some additional resources that may help you:

 FAQs: http://www.dot.gov/recovery/ost/faqs.htm

Notice of Funding Availability: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/pdf/E9-14262.pdf


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Tell us your thoughts on funding the next Transportation Bill As State DOTs across the country are struggling to make payrolls, stimulus projects are beginning to roll out and the Highway Trust Fund is belly-up - what are the opportunities for transportation? Tell us your thoughts here!

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Okay Forum Members (and interested others)
The section of the bill that pertains to the USBRS is under the Office of Livability Sec 1203, pg 198. The section that addresses implementation of the U.S. Bicycle Routes is on pg 214 (A) lines 10-15. This language needs to be changed to reflect the operational process that AASHTO established for developing U.S. Bicycle Routes through the State DOTs. Just wanted to point out that the task force is working on this!

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Thanks Paul for pulling this all together. It really does have some important pieces spelled out in it. Let's keep talking about how we might simplify it so that it creates a working template that states can use (and then they can add relevant pieces vs. removing process that doesn't apply). It would be great to have other forum members take a stab at different versions.

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Chairman Oberstar and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee have introduced the Surface Transportation Bill of 2009. Read it at http://transportation.house.gov/

Read Bike Portland's blog http://bikeportland.org/2009/06/18/oberstars-500b-t-bill-would-establish-livability-office-us-bike-route-system/

And the media take on it http://www.examiner.com/x-2429-DC-Bicycle-Transportation-Examiner~y2009m6d21-Oberstar-reveals-transportation-blueprint



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Greetings! Nothing is out of the picture yet. The corridor plan is just that, a plan. Although I have been talking to CALTRANS about the USBRS, we haven't gotten into the details of the corridor plan and the plan can change depending up a number of factors: the state's interest in connecting cities, the cities willingness to be a part of the system and the routes that can be defined as appropriate. The routes chosen may be spurs into cities and skirt around the urban centers entirely or might provide alternative loops, etc.

One thing that might play into how the corridor plan and the eventual route system in Calfornia turns out is the movement to create a California route network (possibly similar to what states like NY and PA have done). There is much momentum behind this idea right now and the USBRS could become a "user" of the state system that develops from this movement. You can learn more here: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/asm/ab_1451-1500/ab_1464_bill_20090504_amended_asm_v97.pdf

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Volunteer in Oklahoma
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:13:59 pm »
John, Thanks for posting on the forums. It will help move us forward in OK and beyond to have as many voices show up here as possible. If we start working with OK on routing, I will let you know. In the meantime, be sure to let the OK DOT know you're a willing volunteer. You can access all the bike ped coordinators from this website: http://www.walkinginfo.org/assistance/contacts.cfm

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Be A Volunteer and Build Alliances / Re: Intro Thread
« on: June 22, 2009, 05:07:24 pm »
Hi Rob,
The best way to help get the USBRS established is to work with the group that ends up being the lead organization for developing the routes. In Illinois case, I am hoping that IL DOT decides that these bike routes are a worth while investment and start organizing an effort to work on them. I have been in contact with the DOT and the League of IL Bicyclists. I think there will be a time in the near future when they might be able to work together. If you could contact LIB and let them know you'd be willing to help advocate for bicycling in your county and city board, I think that would benefit both cycling in general and the USBRS in the long term. Ed Brumley is your man.

Thanks. Great to hear you're a willing voice.

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Good idea Paul. I believe there is a un-prioritized corridor between those two routes but it probably should be linked.

I think as we move toward implementation through IL, the discussion should center around how to link into Detroit. You're right, it isn't very direct but there is probably a background reason based upon our inventory of routes as to why the corridor dips south.

I appreciate your input.
Ginny Sullivan

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Research and Resources / Penn support biking and walking trails
« on: June 03, 2009, 07:44:31 pm »
Some good news from Pennsylvania!

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09148/973432-100.stm

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Hey - here's Ray LaHoods blog post for May 20 honoring Bike Safety Month. Check out what he has to say.

http://fastlane.dot.gov/2009/05/bicycling-is-only-healthy-when-you-ride-safely.html

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Corridor 66 Implementation / Re: Route 66 in IL and beyond!
« on: May 20, 2009, 01:03:26 pm »
So I spoke to Ed Barsotti at the League of Illinois Bicyclists and they have Route 66 mapped out. Check out the maps and their site: http://www.bikelib.org/route66/

Scroll down to the "User Guide Segments" to see the maps.

I believe there is a great deal of support that can be generated to create this US Bike Route. Let's get some other states to contribute to this discussion~

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Corridor 66 Implementation / Route 66 in IL and beyond!
« on: May 20, 2009, 12:55:06 pm »
Here's another way local groups can get assistance with projects.

The National Park Service helps partners plan successful locally-led
outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects.

August 1 is the deadline for the next round of assistance from our
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss project ideas
with RTCA staff before submitting an application.

Visit www.nps.gov/rtca for more information.

The folks are AWESOME and can really make a difference in planning and executing your projects. Give them a call and check out the program.


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