Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) Purpose
The Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) is a Montana program that funds transportation related projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of Montana's intermodal transportation system. The CTEP allows for the implementation of a variety of non-traditional projects.
MDT's CTEP Program
The MDT has elected to sub-allocate the enhancement funds to local governments for selection and prioritization of local CTEP projects. Funds are distributed to the eligible local governments based on population figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. CTEP activities are a sub-component of the Surface Transportation Program (STP). The funding policy and procedural requirements that apply to the STP also apply to the CTEP.
Through ISTEA and TEA21 Congress provided innovative opportunities to enhance and contribute to the transportation system. This is being carried out in a non-traditional fashion through implementation of a specific list of CTEP eligible activities. The focus of these activities is to improve the transportation experience in and through local communities.
The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), signed into law by President Clinton in June 1998, continues the Federal commitment to fund transportation-related community amenities as part of the Federal Surface Transportation Program. The Community Transportation Enhancement Program (CTEP) administered by the Montana Department of Transportation, (MDT), has brought many exciting projects to communities across the State. TEA-21 provides approximately $5 million annually to Montana for Transportation Enhancement Program activities.
Transportation Enhancement Program funds are available on a reimbursable basis for a broad array of projects. Because Transportation Enhancement Program funds are Federal funds, projects must conform to Federal requirements. These include United States Code, Title 23 Code of Federal Regulations, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 and amendments, Davis-Bacon wage rates and Minority Business Enterprise requirements. MDT's CTEP Bureau offers information and technical assistance to applicants to meet these requirements.
It is important for project sponsors to understand that, since this is not a grant program, if project activities approved for funding are conducted prior to receiving written notification from MDT that they may proceed, all or part of the project may become ineligible for reimbursement. These activities include advertisement for construction contractors, purchase of supplies, and any other activities approved for reimbursement.