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Transportation Alternatives Program

Transportation Alternatives Program

A federal funding program, established by the U.S. Department of Transportation in 2012 to guide the growth and development of the country’s vital transportation infrastructure (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), created the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). 

The TAP replaces the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, Safe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs, wrapping them into a single funding source.

Eligible entities to receive TAP funds are:

  • local governments
  • regional transportation authorities
  • transit agencies
  • natural resource or public land agencies
  • school districts
  • local education agencies, or schools
  • tribal governments
  • other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails

Under TAP, nonprofits are not eligible as direct grant recipients of the funds. However, nonprofits are eligible to partner with any eligible entity on an eligible TAP project, if state or local requirements permit.

The TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including:

  • Construction of on-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising.
  • Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities.
  • Vegetation management practices to improve roadway safety, prevent invasive species and provide erosion control.
  • Archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project.
  • Construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.
  • Safe Routes to School program.
  • Environmental mitigation activities including pollution prevention, abatement and mitigation of highway runoff, reduction of vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or restore habitat connectivity.

Deadline: By 5:00 PM on Friday, February 22, 2019 send 1 printed original and 10 copies of your complete application to the Miami-Dade TPO, 111 NW 1st St, Suite 920, Miami, 33128.  Also, send 1 electronic copy of each application to and

Do you have more questions concerning the TAP? Email David Henderson or call 305-375-1647.


Application Submittals

The TPO received 21 applications for TAP funding in the 2019 cycle.  The summary is here: TAP Application Summary 2019.

  1. Doral Pedestrian Bridge
  2. Doral Sidewalks Phase 2
  3. Doral School Zone Implementation Citywide
  4. Homestead Downtown Pedestrian Access
  5. Medley NW South River Dr Multimodal Corridor Study
  6. Miami I-395 Underpass
  7. Miami River Greenway NW 22 Ave to NW 19 Ave
  8. Miami Beach Alton Road Shared Use Path
  9. Miami Lakes Fairway Drive Bike Lanes and Crosswalks Improvement Project
  10. Miami Shores NE 6 Ave Pedestrian Promenade
  11. DTPW-PW NW 12 St SMARTT Trail
  12. DTPW-PW Highlighting Bike Lanes on Multilane Roads
  13. DTPW-PW Commodore Trail Missing Link
  14. DTPW Transit Underline Phase 6
  15. PROS FINAL Ludlam Trail Access and T railhead Improvements at AD Barnes Park
  16. PROS Snapper Creek Trail Seg A SW 107 Av Gap
  17. PROS Snake Creek Trail Access and Path Improvements
  18. Palmetto Bay SW 184 St Bike Lanes and Path
  19. Sunny Isles Beach Govt Center-Beach Access Bridge
  20. University of Miami Self Cleaning Coating for Transportation Infrastructure
  21. University of Miami BikeSafe Program

The applications are being reviewed and prioritized for funding in the FDOT Work Program and the TPO’s 2021 Transportation Improvement Program.  Check back for updates as the review process proceeds.


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