Title

THE TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

Authors

R W. Houston

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1998

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, planning - safety/accidents, land use - planning, policy - equity, economics - finance, technology - intelligent transport systems, mode - mass transit

Keywords

Transportation planning, Transportation industry, Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Transportation, Transport, Transit, RTI, Road transport informatics, Road safety, Public transit, National government, Mass transit, Local transit, IVHS, ITS (Intelligent transportation systems), Intelligent vehicle highway systems, Intelligent transportation systems, Institute of Transportation Engineers, Highways, Highway safety, Government funding, Funding, Financing, Finance, Federal government, ATT, Advanced transport telematics

Abstract

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) is the most massive transportation bill in the history of the United States. Over the next 6 years, TEA-21 will provide some $215 billion in spending authority for highway and transit investments. This article presents a review of some of the major points of the bill and an overview of how the Institute of Transportation Engineers' "Recommendations for ISTEA 2" fared in the legislative process. Funding for TEA-21's core highway programs are $58.8 billion for the Interstate Maintenance/National Highway System, $37.9 billion for the Surface Transportation Program, $21.9 billion for the Bridge Program, $9.1 billion for the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program, and $16.5 billion for the minimum Guarantee Program. The bill includes total authorization of $41.25 billion for transit, $2 billion for highway safety programs, and $1.28 billion in direct spending for Intelligent Transportation Systems activities. In the area of planning, the bill retains the basic current metropolitan planning structure and process.