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Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP)

Eligible CTEP Categories

SAFETEA-LU requires that transportation enhancement activities must relate to surface transportation and expands the defined transportation enhancement eligibility categories as reflected below:

Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles:

  • Bicycle facility means [23 USC, Sec 217 (j)] new or improved lanes, paths, or shoulders for use by bicyclists, traffic control devices, shelters, and parking facilities for bicycles.
  • No bicycle project may be carried out under this unless it has been determined that such a bicycle project will be principally for transportation, rather than recreation, purposes [23 USC, Sec 217 (i)].
  • This category includes pedestrian and bicycle routes, pathways, walkways, etc. It includes construction of new or replacement of old sidewalks on publicly owned property or easements. They may be bicycle or pedestrian use alone or combined bicycle/pedestrian use.
  • All Accessibility improvements on publicly owned property or easements.
  • Other eligible uses under this category include bicycle racks, benches for pedestrian or bicyclist use, and other bicycle or pedestrian related amenities.

Provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists:

Local projects in this category will usually be developed under the oversight of the MDT Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators office.

Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites:

This category might include the acquisition of property (into public ownership) for vehicle pullouts at a scenic location or the purchase of a scenic or historic site that would be available for the use and enjoyment of the general public.

Scenic or historic highways programs (including provision of tourist and welcome center facilities):

This category might include informational signing along the Lewis and Clark trail on a public road or highway or the preparation of informational pamphlets regarding, for example the Bozeman Trail. Historic is defined as a property, building, or facility that is either on or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) or is determined by the State Historic Preservation Officer to be a strong candidate for nomination and acceptance to the Register.

Landscaping and other scenic beautification:

This category includes landscaping or other scenic beautification methods (such as period lighting, sprinkler systems). The R/W or viewshed of a transportation corridor must become more aesthetically pleasing to transportation facility users.

  • "Period Lighting" in a parking area can be considered aesthetically pleasing, "Security lighting" for a parking area is not. Aesthetic lighting can be designed to meet functional criteria.

Historic preservation:

This category involves anything of a "historic" nature as long as it could be shown it is related to the transportation system by function, proximity, or impact. Historic is defined as a property, building, or facility that is either on or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) or is determined by the State Historic Preservation Officer to be a strong candidate for nomination and acceptance to the Register.

Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures, or facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals):

A project in this category must meet historic criteria which is defined as a property, building, or facility that is either on, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places (NHRP) or is determined by the State Historic Preservation Officer to be a strong candidate for nomination and acceptance to the Register.

  • Typical projects would include the restoration or preservation of "publicly owned" railroad depots, locomotives, antique automobile museums and displays, etc.
  • "Building Restoration" means the accurate reestablishment of the form and details of a building, its artifacts, and the site on which it is located, usually as it appeared at a particular time; may require the removal of later work or the reconstruction of earlier work, which has been removed.
  • "Building Preservation" means the process of applying measures to maintain and sustain the existing materials, integrity, and form of a building, including its structure and building artifacts.
  • "Operation" means only restoring a building or facility to operational standards and does not include subsidies for ongoing operations. These facilities must be open to the public and in public ownership. Only under rare instances could CTEP funds be used on private property and never if a private property or facility was operated on a for-profit basis or not open to the general public.

Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails:

Projects under this category might involve the acquisition of railway corridors (or easements thereon) for public use by bicyclists and pedestrians. Informational signing about current usage or the historical aspects would also be eligible.

Control and removal of outdoor advertising [see 23 USC, Sec 131]:

Projects under this category would include the removal of non-conforming signs as defined under applicable state and federal legislation. These proposed projects would be developed in coordination with the MDT Right of Way Bureau.

Archaeological planning and research:

This category would include archaeological investigation, study, and documentation of areas or issues that have a direct relationship to the transportation system such as the Lewis and Clark Trail or the Bozeman Trail.

Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity:

Projects under this category would include mitigating any pollution that can be attributed to runoff from the state highway itself. Mitigation of storm water runoff problems, if it is not a pollution problem, it is not eligible for CTEP funding.

Establishment of transportation museums:

This category is for the development, construction, acquisition or rehabilitation of transportation museums. It is intended to preserve the surface transportation heritage of a municipality or region, or a particular mode of transportation, including an interpretation of that theme. Establishment of transportation museums is interpreted to mean funding of capital improvements. The funds are not intended to reconstruct, refurbish, or rehabilitate existing museums, nor portions of museums, that are not for transportation purposes. It does not cover operations or maintenance of the facility.