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An overview of how states spent Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds from FY 1992 through FY 2008. TE was established as a dedicated funding source in the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991.


Transportation Enhancements funds from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act


President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on February 19, 2009. The Act included $27.5 billion for Federal Highway Administration programs. After some mandatory allocations, 3% of this sum was set aside for Transportation Enhancements, or roughly $800 million. This figure is roughly equivalent to the amount set aside each year for TE under SAFETEA LU. However, as part of the Recovery Act program, these funds are governed by slightly different rules than traditional TE funds. The most notable difference is that the federal government does not require any local match for projects completed with these funds. In addition, the Act imposed a phased timeline by which the funds must be spent after apportionment to each state, or be withdrawn and redistributed to other states. The table below shows the TE funds apportioned to each state on March 2, 2009:

For more information:

National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse
A Project of the Federal Highway Administration and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Court, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037
Toll Free: (888) 388-NTEC -

xxx Download the full 36-page report on Transportation Enhancements spending as of FY 2008 (pdf 516 kb)

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