Weekly update.

Eighty projects totaling $47 million in 34 states will receive funding through the Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot program (TCSP), a grants program that serves as a key component of the Clinton-Gore Administration's livability agenda.

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 is an initiative 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.

To see a list of the states that received grants and the amounts allocated go to http://www.dot.gov/affairs/fhwa6500.htm