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FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR WYKLE ANNOUNCES $300,000 GRANT FOR HONOLULU

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American Government Topics:  Kenneth R. Wykle

FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR WYKLE ANNOUNCES $300,000 GRANT FOR HONOLULU

Federal Highway Administration
April 20, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 20, 2000
Contact: Lori Irving
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 26-00

In Celebration of Earth Day

Federal Highway Administrator Kenneth R. Wykle today announced that Honolulu’s Livable Waikiki will receive $300,000 in federal funding under an innovative initiative called the Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot program (TCSP), a key component of the Clinton-Gore Administration’s livability agenda.

"President Clinton and Vice President Gore are committed to making America’s communities more livable by easing traffic congestion, preserving green space and employing smart growth strategies," Secretary Slater said. "In partnership with the people of Honolulu, we can help protect the region’s environment while continuing to grow the area economy, and it is especially important as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Earth Day."

The grant to Honolulu was part of $31.1 million in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) grants for communities throughout the United States. The city of Honolulu will receive $300,000 to develop a community-based mobility plan for Waikiki that will guide and leverage transportation investments to create a more livable Waikiki. It will help link land use and transportation planning with environmental and cultural preservation efforts.

Vice President Gore, in January 1999, launched a comprehensive agenda to strengthen the government’s role as a partner with state and local efforts to build livable communities for the 21st century. TCSP consists of grants and research that will assist communities as they work to solve interrelated problems involving transportation, land development, environmental protection, public safety and economic development. It was established in the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), the six-year surface transportation law signed into law by President Clinton on June 9, 1998.

TCSP funds are used to help achieve locally determined goals such as improving transportation efficiency; reducing the negative effects of transportation on the environment; providing better access to jobs, services and trade centers; reducing the need for costly future infrastructure; and revitalizing underdeveloped and brownfield sites. Grants also can be used to examine urban development patterns and create strategies that encourage private companies to work toward these goals in designing new developments.

The Honolulu project is among a total of 84 projects from communities throughout the nation selected from a pool of 327 applications. They were evaluated by a multi-disciplinary panel from the Department’s Office of the Secretary; Federal Highway, Federal Transit, Federal Railroad and Research and Special Programs Administrations; and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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