Here is response from Sheldon Edner of FHWA:
The designation for all UZAs was effective upon publication by the Census Bureau. New
TMAs (UZA over 200,000 for first time) are effective, for transportation planning
purposes, upon designation by the Secretary of Transportation.
Regarding the use of FTA funds, please contact FTA.
Regarding STP attributable funding, FY 2003 funding will be apportioned to the States in
October, 2002 and will provide the first STP attributable funding for new TMAs. If the
newly designated UZAs were part of an MPO (which was a TMA) before the publication of the
Census information, they were already eligible for STP funding. If they have become part
of the MPO (TMA) for the first time, they are eligible to use STP funding as soon as
(starting after October1, 2002) projects utilizing those funds are included in a plan and
TIP. Communities do not apply to FHWA for these funds, they are available as a result of
the MPO planning process and the inclusion of projects utilizing them in plans and TIPs.
Funding is made available through the State DOT.
FHWA Office of Metropolitan Planning
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