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ISTEA Info Resources

The Intermodal Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) may have affected trail development and acquisition more than any other legislation. Several organizations provide resources to help trails advocates and government agencies deal with the complexities of working with ISTEA.

From American Trails:

ISTEA and Trails: Merging Transportation Needs and Recreation Values. Written by Robert Patten of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and published jointly by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and American Trails, provides an introduction to ISTEA and trails, information on how to make ISTEA work for your trails, a discussion on the status of ISTEA funding for trails, and an action plan for reauthorization. 40 p.; free to members; $5 to non-members.

American Trails, P.O. Box 11046, Prescott, Arizona 86304-1046


From the Surface Transportation Policy Project:

· STPP PROGRESS newsletter is a good source of info on status of ISTEA. Free upon request.
· ISTEA Planner's Workbook. A guide to the planning, public involvement, and financial requirements of ISTEA. 175 p., $15.
· State Expenditures of Federal Surface Transportation Funds: Do They Reflect the New Mandates? Using data from the FHWA, Federal Transit Administration, EPA, and state DOT's, STPP evaluated the rate at which states have committed ISTEA funds. $10.
· ISTEA and the NHS: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Explores the conflicts and opportunities inherent in the National Highway System under ISTEA. 55 p., $10.

STPP, 1400 16th St NW #300, Washington DC 20036. Include $2.50 shipping/handling per order.

From the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy:

· An Introduction to ISTEA and Trails. 2-page fact sheet, free.
· ISTEA Transportation Enhancements Summary of Nationwide Spending: June 1995 Update. 10-page set of tables and charts provides the most current figures available for evaluating enhancements implementation, nationwide and among all 50 states. $5.
· Enhancing America's Communities:A Status Report on the Transportation Enhancements Provisions of ISTEA (with June 1995 Update). Comprehensive analysis and description of state Transportation Enhancement programs. 2nd ed, 140 p., $19.95.
· ISTEA and Trails:Enhancement Funding for Bicycling and Walking. This booklet was prepared to influence Congress as it discusses ISTEA reauthorization legislation. It presents a persuasive and well documented argument for protecting and strengthening the Transportation Enhancements Program-focusing on the transportation, economic and social benefits brought to communities by trails, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 16p., $14.95
· State Enhancement Program Profiles. 2-page reference for each state includes name, address and phone number of state DOT enhancement program manager, summary of program policies, and summary of funding awards. $1
· Lists of Federally Funded Enhancement Projects. Includes project names, locations, federal and match funding shares, and nature of activity. Lists can be ordered for each state or each individual enhancement activity category (1-10). $5 per list, max order 5 lists. All 10 categories (4500 projects) $59.95.

RTC, 1400 16th StNW #300, Washington DC 20036.

From the Bicycle Federation of America:

· Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Under ISTEA. Participant workbook for National Highway Institute training course of same name. 200 p., free.

National Bicycle and Pedestrian Clearinghouse
, 1506 21st St. NW #200, Washington DC 20036, or 800/760-NBPC.

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