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Federal and State

The Cleveland MPO works closely with three primary federal and state agencies in the planning of surface transportation for our community. The federal agencies are the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The state agency is the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Links to these agencies and to the primary federal transportation legislation affecting the MPO are shown below.


“The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation that supports State and local governments in the design, construction, and maintenance of the Nation’s highway system (Federal Aid Highway Program) and various federally and tribal owned lands (Federal Lands Highway Program). Through financial and technical assistance to State and local governments, the Federal Highway Administration is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world.” ---FHWA


“The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is an agency within the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) that provides financial and technical assistance to local public transit systems…. Public transportation includes buses, subways, light rail, commuter rail, monorail, passenger ferry boats, trolleys, inclined railways, and people movers. The federal government, through the FTA, provides financial assistance to develop new transit systems and improve, maintain, and operate existing systems…. the FTA is responsible for ensuring that grantees follow federal mandates along with statutory and administrative requirements.”---FTA


Among its various transportation responsibilities, the Tennessee Department of Transportation oversees the planning, development, maintenance, and operation of state and federally funded highways, bridges, and related infrastructure, as well as various aspects of public transportation, and bicycle and pedestrian transportation. A primary TDOT document is the TN 25-Year Long Range Transportation Plan ( for which TDOT is inviting public participation through an on-line survey:


“MAP-21, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (P.L. 112-141), was signed into law by President Obama on July 6, 2012. Funding surface transportation programs at over $105 billion for fiscal years (FY) 2013 and 2014, MAP-21 is the first long-term highway authorization enacted since 2005.” ---FHWA


“On August 10, 2005, the President signed into law the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). With guaranteed funding for highways, highway safety, and public transportation totaling $244.1 billion, SAFETEA-LU represents the largest surface transportation investment in our Nation's history. The two landmark bills that brought surface transportation into the 21st century—the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)—shaped the highway program to meet the Nation's changing transportation needs. SAFETEA-LU builds on this firm foundation, supplying the funds and refining the programmatic framework for investments needed to maintain and grow our vital transportation infrastructure” ---FHWA