The US Senate will vote soon on an extension of the existing transportation program (SAFETEA-LU). It is likely a harmful amendment will be offered that would eliminate dedicated funding for the Transportation Enhancements (TE) program. This is unacceptable. The TE program is the largest single source of federal funding for historic preservation, and any change to dedicated funding would be devastating to preservation efforts across the country.
Transportation Enhancements is a long-standing and proven program that creates jobs, improves the quality of life, capitalizes on existing historic resources, and protects the environment. Eliminating dedicated funding would seriously jeopardize historic bridges and roads, scenic and historic highway programs, and historic downtown streetscape revitalization.