The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) stipulates that the designated recipient for the New Haven-Meriden Urbanized Area must certify to the U.S. Federal Transit Administration (FTA) that they have used 1% of the region's Section 5307 allocation for Transit Enhancement projects. Projects designed to enhance public transportation services or their use that are physically and functionally related to transit facilities are considered Transit Enhancement projects.
Eligible projects include: historic preservation, rehabilitation, and operation of historic public transportation buildings, structures, and facilities (including historic bus and railroad facilities); bus shelters; landscaping and other scenic beautification, including tables, benches, trash receptacles, and street lights; public art; pedestrian access and walkways; bicycle access, including bicycle storage facilities and installing equipment for transporting bicycles on public transportation vehicles; transit connections to parks within the recipient's transit service area; signage; and enhanced access for persons with disabilities to public transportation. The Greater New Haven Transit District (GNHTD), as the region's designated recipient, manages for this program. For its part, SCRCOG solicits new projects about every 3 years.
The Transit Enhancement Program has been amended under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and this page will be updated as guidance is received.