Purpose of this Report
As revised by the SAFETEA-LU, 23 U.S.C. 134(j)(7)(B), 23 U.S.C. 141(g)(4)(B),
49 U.S.C. 5303(j)(7)(B), and 49 U.S.C. 5304(g)(4)(B) require “…an Annual Listing
of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which Federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year shall be published or otherwise made available by the cooperative effort of the State, transit operator, and metropolitan planning organization for public review. The listing shall be consistent with the funding categories identified in each metropolitan transportation improvement program (TIP).”
This provision is intended to increase the transparency of government spending on transportation projects and strategies in metropolitan areas to State and local officials, and to the public at large. Realizing this objective involves promoting accuracy and responsiveness in financial planning and adoption of a proactive approach to sharing information with the public in a meaningful way, at an appropriate time, and in a user-friendly format. This report responds to the directive. It lists all transportation projects in the Columbia Area Transportation Study Boundary that were obligated in federal fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016).
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) defines obligation as the Federal government’s legal commitment (promise) to pay or reimburse the States or other entities for the Federal share of a project’s eligible costs. An obligated project is one that has been approved by the federal government for reimbursement. These projects may or may not have been started or completed in this year. The obligated project cost reflected in this report also may not be equal to the final project cost.