Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program
ILLINOIS TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM (ITEP)
|ATTENTION: IMPORTANT UPDATE
In response to additional Federal guidance, a determination has been made that sidewalks are eligible as stand-alone projects as long as the project is for the construction of new sidewalks or improvements that would bring them into compliance with ADA standards. Stand-alone sidewalk construction/ improvement projects are eligible for ITEP funds under Category 1 (Pedestrian/ Bicycle Facilities) as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements listed in the 2013 ITEP Guidelines Manual.
The 2013 application period for the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) closed on August 20, 2013. Applications are currently under review. The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has not yet determined when the next application cycle will begin.
Below is a timeline for the project review and selection process during the 2013 ITEP Cycle:
ITEP Review Process: September – December 2013
ITEP Selection Process: January 2014
Announcement of Projects: February 2014
With the passage of the new transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), several changes were required to be made to the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP). The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) authorized under Section 1122 of MAP-21 (23 U.S.C. 213(b), 101(a)(29)) provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. ITEP now falls under the TAP category. IDOT has incorporated the updated requirements of MAP-21 into our ITEP program. Additional information on MAP-21 and the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) can be obtained from the Federal Highway Administration website,
A significant change to the ITEP program includes the elimination of the following categories: Safety & Educational Activities for Pedestrians and Bicycles; Acquisition of Scenic Easements and Scenic or Historic Sites; Scenic or Historic Highway Programs (including visitor and welcome centers); Operation of Historic Transportation Facilities and the Establishment of Transportation Museums. Landscape and Scenic Beautification (Streetscape) projects will no longer be allowed as stand-alone projects, rather they must be a part of the construction of a Federal-Aid highway project (under 23 USC § 319), or in conjunction with a TAP funded project.
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ITEP 2013 Guidelines
Manual – These Guidelines are available to give you a good understanding of the program requirements and information needed to complete an application. Please note that IDOT anticipates making revisions to these guidelines for the next application cycle.
Questions / Technical Problems
Visit the FAQ's page for
answers to commonly asked questions. Additional questions or any technical
problems with the on-line application process should be e-mailed to
email@example.com. Additional questions can
also be directed to the local IDOT District ITEP Coordinator in your area which
is listed toward the bottom of the FAQ page.
ITEP 2012 Announcement
CHICAGO – January 30, 2013. Governor Pat
Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider today announced a
nearly $50 million investment in community transportation projects throughout
Illinois. The latest round of funding through the Illinois Transportation
Enhancement Program (ITEP) will support more than 400 jobs through 54 projects,
including bike paths, walking trails, historic preservation and streetscape
beautification projects in communities across Illinois. The ITEP is a
federally-funded, competitive program that encourages transportation-related
enhancement projects in a variety of categories.