The 2016 Transportation Enhancements and Alternatives Spending Report is published by the Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange @ Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (TrADE @ RTC). The data-driven report analyzes states' use of federal transportation funding from 1992 through 2016. The 2016 report is a complete update and supersedes all previous editions.

Key Findings  
  • 2016 saw an increase in obligations but also an increase in transfers
  • Although 20 states did not obligate any funds during FY 2016, the five-year cumulative obligation rate was 89 percent, up from 68 percent last year. Most states are obligating remaining TE and TAP funds before obligating newer TA Set-Aside (TASA) funds.
  • Transfers of funding out of TE and TA continue to rise, with 27 states transferring funds in FY 2016. Transfers during FY 2016 represent more than 25 percent of all transferred funds since 1993. Interviews with a sample of state DOTs found that the threat of lapsing funds was the primary reason for some TAP transfers. Reasons for other TAP transfers and TASA transfers are unknown. Funds were transferred to either the Surface Transportation Program or the National Highway Performance Program for general use (e.g. roads, highways, bridges). Interviews did not indicate that the transferred funds were set aside or obligated for TA-eligible projects.
About TrADE

The mission of the Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is to track Transportation Enhancements, Transportation Alternatives Program and Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside implementation. TrADE provides a web-accessible database and annual report on national and state-by-state funding and expenditures. Through TrADE, RTC’s goal is to make Transportation Alternatives the most accountable and transparent transportation funding source in the United States. 


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Published on 07/01/17

Author: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Collection: Policy

Type: Report