Title

FTA NEW STARTS: INTERMODAL SURFACE TRANSPORTATION EFFICIENCY ACT OF 1991 AND TRANSPORTATION EQUITY ACT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY FUNDING COMMITMENTS

Authors

D J. Emerson

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2002

Subject Area

policy - equity, mode - mass transit

Keywords

U.S. Federal Transit Administration, Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, Transit, Research projects, Reauthorization, Public transit, New Starts Program, Mass transit, Local transit, Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991, Grant aid, Funding, Financing

Abstract

By early 2001, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) had entered into full funding grant agreements for more than 30 New Starts projects since enactment of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA). Projects funded under ISTEA and its successor, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, are reviewed, and how the program has changed during the past decade is assessed. The growth in the size of FTA's "New Starts Pipeline" is examined, and the funded projects are surveyed for their characteristics, geographic distribution, and trends in non-Section 5309 funding. Observations are drawn that may be relevant to reauthorization of the New Starts program in 2003.