I received the following from the League of American Bicyclists last week:
Great news – Federal Transit Authority has published a federal registry notice describing the eligibility of pedestrian and bicycle improvements for FTA funding and proposes a formal policy on the catchment area for pedestrians and bicyclists in relationship to public transportation stops and stations.
The proposed policy would expand FTA funding eligibility for bicycle and pedestrian improvements beyond the current threshold distances of one-half mile for pedestrian projects and within three miles for bicycle improvements.
The FTA is accepting comments from the public until January 12, 2010. If you want to submit comments to help improve the funding mechanisms for bicycle/pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, I urge you to do so. More detailed coverage of how this all works and the instructions for submitting comments can be found by clicking here.