New Starts/Small Starts Shift to Focus on Livability

This article examines the federal program, New Starts/Small Starts, and how it is likely to change with the shift in administrative policies that are more favorable for public transportation. The head of the Federal Transit Administration reports far more inquiries and information coming directly from the White House. The author describes changes in the selection of projects with more focus on sustainable, economically beneficial projects. Livability factors are receiving greater weight. The FTA will evaluate environmental, community and economic development benefits as well as congestion relief benefits. Another $130 million will be available for urban circulator projects, such as streetcars to support communities, expand business opportunities, and improve quality of life while creating jobs. Each administration tweaks the program to emphasize what it deems most important, and these changes make it difficult for those who wish to use the program to guess which projects are more likely to succeed.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 28-31
  • Serial:
    • Metro
    • Publisher: Bobit Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 10098-0083

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01154810
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 12 2010 7:32PM