After initial reluctance, the US Department of Transportation has become the leading federal agency in historic preservation after Interior itself. Over the last four years, it has committed an average of $65 million per annum to historic preservation implementation in transportation program. The Secretary's office coordinates historic preservation policy and programs for the Department and works closely with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Department of Interior, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, the office has compiled a catalog of historic American Transportation sites that are not listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Currently, it has a study underway to document the reuse of historic railroad stations for multipurpose needs including transportation. Some problem areas remain: site identification (inadequate due to lack of funds), National Register criteria (too broad), the process for the protection of historic properties (needs simplication) and the high cost of preservation and maintenance of historic sites owned by federal agencies.

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  • Accession Number: 00194745
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1979 12:00AM