[Federal Register Volume 64, Number 188 (Wednesday, September 29, 1999)]
[Pages 52572-52573]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 99-25373]



Federal Highway Administration

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century; The National 
Corridor Planning and Development Program and the Coordinated Border 
Infrastructure Program

AGENCY: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT.

ACTION: Public workshops.


SUMMARY: The FHWA invites metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), 
Federal and State government agencies, and the public to attend one or 
any of five public workshops on the National Corridor Planning and 
Development Program (NCPD) and the Coordinated Border Infrastructure 
Program (CBI) and their application process. The NCPD and the CBI 
programs are funded by a single funding source. These programs provide 
funding for planning, project development, construction and operation 
of projects that serve border regions near Mexico and Canada and high 
priority corridors throughout the United States. States and MPOs are, 
under the NCPD program, eligible for discretionary grants for: Corridor 
feasibility; corridor planning; multistate coordination; environmental 
review; and construction. Border States and MPO are, under the CBI 
program, eligible for discretionary grants for: Transportation and 
safety infrastructure improvements, operation and regulatory 
improvements, and coordination and safety inspection improvements in a 
border region.
    At each of the workshops, we will provide: An overview of the NCPD/
CBI programs; details on the types of information DOT/FHWA is 
requesting; facts about how we will use this information; technical 
information for submitting data; advice on how to complete the 
application, should you choose to apply; and we will be requesting 
information about ways to improve and evaluate the programs in the 

DATES: The workshops will be conducted between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
on the first day and between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. (local time) on 
the second day of the meetings at the following locations and dates:
    1. October 12 and 13, 1999, Hunt Valley, MD, Embassy Suites Hotel, 
213 International Circle, Hunt Valley, MD 21030.
    2. October 19-20, 1999, Chicago, IL, Ambassador West Hotel, 1300 N. 
State Parkway, Chicago, IL.
    3. October 25-26, Atlanta, GA; Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, 
590 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308.
    4. November 15-16, 1999, Seattle, WA (Tentative), Cavanaughs on 
Fifth Avenue, 1415 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.
    5. November 18-19, 1999, Phoenix, AZ (Tentative), Wyndham Metro 
Center, 10220 N. Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051.
    A registration fee of $75 is payable to Harrington-Hughes & 
Associates, Inc., 733 15th Street, NW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Specifics on registration and hotel 
accommodation information are available by calling Barbara Murdock of 
Harrington-Hughes & Associates, Inc., at (202) 289-7285. For workshop 
issues: Lisa Williams, Office of Intermodal and Statewide Programs, 
HEPS, (202) 366-6798; or for program issues: Martin Weiss, Office of 
Intermodal and Statewide Programs, HEPS, (202) 366-5010; Federal 
Highway Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington D.C. 20590.


Electronic Access

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded using a 
computer with a modem and suitable communications software from the 
Government Printing Office's Electronic Bulletin Board Service at (202) 
512-1661. Internet users may reach the Office of Federal Register's 
home page at: http://www.nara.gov/fedreg and the Government Printing 
Office's web page at http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara.
    Internet users may access a number of documents and links 
concerning the NCPD and CBI programs through the home page of the 
Corridor/Border Programs: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/hep10/corbor/


    On August 30, 1999, at 64 FR 47222, the FHWA published 
implementation guidance for the national corridor planning and 
development program and the coordinated border infrastructure program.
    Sections 1118 and 1119 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 
21st Century (TEA-21), Public Law 105-178, 112 Stat.107, at 161, 
establish the NCPD and CBI programs, respectively. These programs 
respond to substantial interest dating from, as early as, 1991. In that 
year, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA), 
Public Law 102-240, 105 Stat. 1914, designated a number of high 
priority corridors. Subsequent legislation

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modified the corridor descriptions and designated additional corridors. 
Citizen and civic groups promoted many of these corridors as, for 
example, a means to accommodate international trade. Similarly, since 
1991, a number of studies identified infrastructure and operation 
deficiencies near the U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada. Also various 
groups, some international and/or intergovernmental, studied 
opportunities to improve infrastructure and operations.
    In 1997, the DOT's Strategic Plan for 1997-2002 was established. 
The strategic goals in this plan are: Safety, mobility, economic growth 
and trade, human and natural environment, and national security. In 
1998, the FHWA's National Strategic Plan was established. The strategic 
goals in this plan are: Mobility, safety, productivity, human and 
natural environment and national security. Both sets of goals are 
consistent with the language of TEA-21, including sections 1118 and 
    The NCPD and CBI programs are funded by a single funding source. 
The combined authorized funding for these two programs is $140 million 
in each year from FY 1999 to Fiscal Year 2003 (a total of $700 
million). However, obligations are limited each year by the 
requirements of section 1102 (Obligation Ceiling) of the TEA-21.
    Under the NCPD program, funds are available to States and MPOs for 
coordinated planning, design, and construction of corridors of national 
significance, economic growth, and international or interregional 
trade. Under the CBI program, funds are available to border States and 
MPOs for projects to improve the safe movement of people and goods at, 
or across, the border between the United States and Canada, and the 
border between the United States and Mexico. In addition, the Secretary 
of Transportation (Secretary) may transfer up to a total of $10 million 
of combined program funds, over the life of the TEA-21, to the 
Administrator of GSA Services Administration (GSA) for the construction 
of transportation infrastructure necessary for law enforcement in 
border States. Such transfer(s) will be made, based on funding 
requested and supporting information furnished by the Administrator of 
GSA. Finally, the Secretary will implement any provisions in 
legislation that directs that FY 2000 NCPD/CBI funds be used for 
specific projects. Based on the factors noted above (i.e., obligation 
limitations, transfer of funds to GSA and legislation), the FHWA 
anticipates that between $95 million and $130 million will be available 
for allocation for projects submitted in response to this notice.
    The Federal share for these funds is set by 23 U.S.C. 120 
(generally 80 percent plus the sliding scale adjustment in States with 
substantial public lands). The period of availability for obligation is 
the fiscal year for which the funds are authorized and the three years 
following. States which receive an allocation of funds under these 
programs will, at the same time, receive an increase in obligation 
authority equal to the allocation. Under section 1102 of TEA-21, 
obligation authority for discretionary programs that is provided during 
a fiscal year is extinguished at the end of the fiscal year. Funds 
allocated to projects which, under the NCPD/CBI programs, receive an 
obligation authority increase for FY 2000, must therefore be obligated 
during FY 2000 or be withdrawn for redistribution.
    FHWA strongly urges all MPO's, State and local governments, as well 
as the public to participate and provide feedback. With MPO's State and 
local governments all contributing, we can be successful. Please attend 
one of five public workshops to learn how you can participate.

    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 315; secs. 1118 and 1119, Pub. L. 105-178, 
112 stat. 107, at 161 (1998); and 49 CFR 1.48.

    Issued on September 24, 1999.
Jill L. Hochman,
Director, Intermodal and Statewide Programs.
[FR Doc. 99-25373 Filed 9-27-99; 10:08 am]