On July 17, 2014, at the Forum 2014 Statewide Conference on Heritage Byways to the Past in Philadelphia, the Bureau for Historic Preservation (BHP) will be part of the panel for the session “The Past, Present and Future of the Transportation Enhancement Programs, MAP-21 and Transportation Alternatives Program.”
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail projects, safe routes to school projects; and projects for the planning, design or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System.
The BHP and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Cultural Resource Professionals presentations will focus on three things:
- What have been the notable successes for the Enhancement program in the past for historic preservation in Pennsylvania;
- What is the current process for TAP (as it relates to the Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act);
- What opportunities are there in the future for historic preservation projects in light of less money and fewer categories and more competition?
I will be presenting on the topic of Section 106, and would like to invite our blog readers and potential conference attendees the opportunity to send in questions or specific topics that I may be able to address in my presentation. I would really appreciate hearing from sponsors/organizations that went through the process under the Transportation Enhancement (TE) program, and how they think we can do better under the Transportation Alternatives program. Please email me, Cheryl Nagle, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you will be attending the session, be sure to think of questions for the other presenters as well to bring along.
- Monica Harrower and Ira Beckerman of PennDOT will be presenting on the successes of TE and the future of TAP
- Jackie Koons-Felion’s presentation will focus on Pennsylvania Byways Program
- Chris Metka’s presentation will focus on Pennsylvania’s TAP program
- Ryan Gallagher of Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will be talking about their process.