We may suffer somewhat because of reductions in the COPS program and the TEA21
funding reductions," said James Whitaker, mayor of North Platte, Neb.
Unfortunately, neither TEA21
nor the transportation appropriations acts for fiscal years 1998 and 1999 provided any funds to complete the implementation program.
With regard to 1999, our starting point is the assumption that moderate growth in GDP, stable interest rates and the favorable impact of TEA21
will continue to provide a healthy economic environment for construction activity in the U.
Enacted by Congress in 1998, the new TEA21
(Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century) requires each metropolitan planning organization to list and publish, each year, all its projects receiving federal transportation assistance--$217 billion over six years.
Changing the formula distribution for transit would change the formula grant program in TEA21
which was agreed to by the Senate during the TEA-21 debate.
A second major change in TEA21
is the change in definition of passenger carriers from 16 or more passengers to more than eight passengers.
TEA-21 has continued the direct decisionmaking role that local governments have in determining TEA21
projects and allowed programs to be flexible for local needs.