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Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program

ILLINOIS TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (ITEP)

CHICAGO - Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced a $52.7 million investment in community transportation projects throughout Illinois. The latest round of funding through the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) will support more than 400 jobs through 71 projects, including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The ITEP is a federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related enhancement projects in a variety of categories.
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With the passage of the new transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), several changes were required to be made to the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) authorized under Section 1122 of MAP-21 (23 U.S.C. 213(b), 101(a)(29)) provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. ITEP now falls under the TAP category. IDOT has incorporated the updated requirements of MAP-21 into our ITEP program. Additional information on MAP-21 and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) can be obtained from the Federal Highway Administration website, http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidetap.cfm.

A significant change to the ITEP program includes the elimination of the following categories: Safety & Educational Activities for Pedestrians and Bicycles; Acquisition of Scenic Easements and Scenic or Historic Sites; Scenic or Historic Highway Programs (including visitor and welcome centers); Operation of Historic Transportation Facilities and the Establishment of Transportation Museums. Landscape and Scenic Beautification (Streetscape) projects will no longer be allowed as stand-alone projects, rather they must be a part of the construction of a Federal-Aid highway project (under 23 USC § 319), or in conjunction with a TAP funded project.

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ITEP 2013 Guidelines Manual – These Guidelines are available to give you a good understanding of the program requirements and information needed to complete an application. Please note that IDOT anticipates making revisions to these guidelines for the next application cycle.

Questions / Technical Problems
Visit the FAQ's page for answers to commonly asked questions. Additional questions or any technical problems with the on-line application process should be e-mailed to itep@dot.il.gov. Additional questions can also be directed to the local IDOT District ITEP Coordinator in your area which is listed toward the bottom of the FAQ page.
 

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