Funding Opportunity: Kansas 2012 Transportation Enhancements Program

Kansas Department of Transportation logoThe Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) is currently soliciting applications for projects through the FFY 2012 USDOT Transportation Enhancement Program.  KDOT has informed the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) that a minimum of $900,000 of these funds will be available for eligible projects in the Kansas City metropolitan area to be prioritized by MARC.  KDOT may also select additional projects above this amount through the statewide application process.

In order to apply for these funds, eligible project sponsors must submit an application to KDOT and provide an electronic copy of their application and supporting materials to MARC by February 15, 2013. Full details of the KDOT application process

MARC encourages city and county governments, school districts and other political subdivisions in Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties to apply for these funds. Projects must relate to the surface transportation system and be for at least one of the following eligible activities:

HISTORIC CATEGORY

  • acquisition of historic sites (including historic battlefields)
  • historic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities)
  • historic preservation
  • rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals)
  • archeological planning and research
  • establishment of transportation museums

SCENIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL CATEGORY

  • acquisition of scenic easements and scenic sites
  • scenic highway programs (including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities linked to scenic or historic sites)
  • landscaping and other scenic beautification
  • inventory, control and removal of outdoor advertising
  • environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity

PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE FACILITIES CATEGORY

  • provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles
  • provision of safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicyclists
  • preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use of the corridors for pedestrian or bicycle trails)

All projects will require a minimum of 20 percent non-federal matching funds with a maximum federal participation rate of 80 percent.  Each project selected by MARC will also be assessed a nonrefundable fee equal to 0.5 percent of the federal funds awarded to the project, to be paid from non-federal funds by the project sponsor.  All federal funds for these projects must be obligated before September 30, 2014, or be forfeited to KDOT.

For questions about this program, please contact Aaron Bartlett with MARC or Becky Pepper with KDOT.

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