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-- April 3, 2001-- New Mexico Historic Railroad Buildings Symposium- April 19, 2001
For more information, please check our Meetings and Seminars Calendar under Programs
--January 26, 2001-- 2001 Grant Application Guidelines Now Available
For more information and to download application, please check our Grants Section under Programs
--January 17, 2001--
United States Conference of Mayors Releases Nationwide Poll Showing Strong Support for Passenger Rail Investments
http://www.usmayors.org/69thwintermeeting/railpoll.htm
--November 27, 2000--2000 Endangered Stations Program Winners Announced

The Great American Station Foundation has announced its Ten Most Endangered Stations list for 2000. The list brings national attention to historic rail stations around the country that are at risk of demolition, destruction or damage by neglect, or discontinued use as a transportation facility.

This year's list includes Sacramento, CA; Sunol, CA; Osceola, IA; Skokie, IL; Gary, IN; Bangor, MI; Omaha, NE; Sparta, NJ; Bristol, VA; and Rural Retreat, VA.

"We use the list to spotlight ten railroad stations each year whose history and function in the community will be lost forever without swift action," says Hank Dittmar, the foundation's president. "We hope to stimulate that action by bringing local, regional, and national attention to the plight of these stations."

The program has proven highly effective in energizing local redevelopment activities. Over 60% of the communities listed over the past two years have taken steps to acquire, save, stabilize, or restore these historic landmarks, while three have gone on to receive Station Foundation grant funding.

The Great American Station Foundation was created in 1996 to revitalize communities through new construction or conversion and restoration of existing rail passenger stations, and the possible conversion of historic non-railroad structures to active station use. The foundation works with railroad stations to improve rail access and intermodal connections as well as stimulate community development. As the organization has grown and evolved, it has set a goal to become the national intermediary organization not only for station revitalization, but also for community revitalization in areas surrounding intercity, commuter and urban rail stations. More information on the foundation, and a brief summary, with pictures, about each endangered station can be found at http://www.stationfoundation.org/endangered.html


--October 3, 2000--Transportation and Community and System Preservation (TCSP) Grants Available

Potential Funding Source for Stations:Funding Applications Sought for TCSP Projects The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is accepting applications for its next round of TCSP grants. The new pilot program was authorized under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21.) The TCSP provides funding for grants and research to investigate and address the relationship between transportation and community and system preservation. In particular, FHWA is looking for projects that link transportation and land use patterns. These grants have helped communities look at the impact of new transportation infrastructure on open space conservation and other community priorities. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2001.

For more information, contact FHWA at (202) 366-0106 or visit the TCSP web site at http://tcsp-fhwa.volpe.dot.gov.


--September 12, 2000-- Annual Meeting Cancelled. Please check back later for any updates.
--August 31, 2000-- New Stations Open in Modesto and Bakersfield -- The new Amtrak station in Modesto, California celebrated its grand opening on August 26, 2000. The new station, which was funded largely by the California Department of Transportation is located on the site of the old facility. It was designed in a Spansih revival style. The station provides a connection between Amtrak and bus service to Yosemite National Park. Photos of the Mercedstation and the grand opening can be viewed at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/rail/depots/stops/mcd2.htm. The Bakersfied station, which was also financed by Caltrans, opened on Jul4, 2000. For pictures of the Bakersfield event: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/rail/depots/stops/bfd2.htm


--August 17, 2000-- With the unveiling of our new website, I encountered some Netscape / Internet Explorer compatibility problems. I am working diligently to correct these errors, however if you come across any discrepancies, please don't hesitate to email me. Before you do, however, briefly try the refresh/reload button at the top of your browser. Often browsers will continue to display old/cached versions of the website, even when there is a newer version available.

When emailing any problems, please include the URL where the problem is and a brief description of what you encountered.
--Yvette Zarate, Webmaster
--August 2, 2000--
Workshop on Important Funding Program for Station Renovation and Transit Oriented Development to be Held in DC In September

On September 14-15, 2000, the Federal Highway Administration and its U.S. Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency partners will host the second Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot (TCSP) Program Workshop in Washington, DC. TCSP is a research and grant program under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21) to fund innovative transportation strategies that enhance community preservation, environmental protection, and social equity.

The workshop will bring together people with shared interests in transportation, environmental, and land use issues to learn the latest on the TCSP Program. Workshop participants will include representatives from U.S. DOT and other federal agencies; state and local governments; non-profits; national associations; and the private sector. Some of the 119 current TCSP grantees will report on their progress and lessons learned. U.S. DOT staff will provide TCSP program information, including how to apply.

Workshop topics may include how to:

  • Coordinate metropolitan and statewide transportation planning;
  • Form effective partnerships;
  • Leverage resources;
  • Encourage community involvement in transportation planning; and,
  • Evaluate results to provide insights for a national audience.
  • Additional information and registration materials are available at the TCSP web-site: http://tcsp-fhwa.volpe.dot.gov/new.html and by e-mail to: whalley@volpe.dot.gov


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