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Historic TE Categories

Below are brief descriptions of the 12 historic TE categories that existed under SAFETEA-LU.

1. Pedestrian and bicycle facilities-Sidewalks, walkways or curb ramps; bike lane striping, wide paved shoulders, bike parking and bus racks; off-road trails; bike and pedestrian bridges and underpasses.

2. Pedestrian and bicycle safety and educational activities-Campaigns promoting safety awareness; safety training activities and classes; training materials.

3. Acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites-Acquisition of scenic lands or easements; purchase of historic properties or buildings in historic districts, including historic battlefields.

4. Scenic or historic  highway programs including tourist and welcome centers-Construction of turnouts and overlooks; visitor centers and viewing areas; designation signs and markers.

5. Landscaping and scenic beautificationImprovements such as street furniture, lighting, public art and landscaping along travel corridors. 

6. Historic preservation- Preservation of buildings and facades in historic districts; restoration of historic buildings for transportation-related purposes; access improvements to historic sites.

7. Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities- Restoration of railroad depots, bus stations and lighthouses; rehabilitation of rail trestles, tunnels, bridges and canals. 

8. Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails
-Acquisition of railroad rights-of-way; planning, design and construction of multi-use trails and rail-with-trail projects.  

9. Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising- Billboard inventories and removal of illegal and nonconforming billboards. Inventory control may include, but not be limited to, data collection, acquisition and maintenance of digital aerial photography, video logging, scanning and imaging of data, developing and maintaining an inventory and control database, and hiring of outside legal counsel.

10. Archaeological planning & research- Research, preservation planning and interpretation; developing interpretive signs, exhibits and guides; inventories and surveys.

11. Environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity- Runoff pollution studies; soil erosion controls; detention and sediment basins; river clean-ups; wildlife underpasses.

12. Establishment of transportation museums-Conversion of railroad stations or historic properties into museums with transportation themes; construction of new museums; purchase of exhibit materials.  


Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Railway Conversion Scenic Turnouts and Overlooks Outdoor AdvertisingHistoric Preservation Vegetation Management Archaeological Planning and Research Environmental Mitigation Wildlife