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.
On December 2015, FAST Act eliminated the MAP-21 TAP and replaced it with the Transportation Alternatives (TA) under the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program. The TA grant program provides funding for all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP.
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 TA, 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 TA provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including:
- Construction of on-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.
- Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.
- Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- Community improvement activities, which include but are not limited to:
- Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising,
- Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities,
- Vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control
- Archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under title 23 of the US Code.
- Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to:
- address storm water management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including activities described in 23 U.S.C. 133(b) (11), 328(a), and 329; or
- reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
- The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program eligible projects and activities listed at section 1404(f) of the SAFETEA-LU include:
- Infrastructure-related projects
- Non-infrastructure-related activities
- SRTS coordinator. SAFETEA-LU section 1404(f)(2)(A) lists “managers of safe routes to school programs” as eligible under the non-infrastructure projects.
- Planning, designing or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.
- The recreational trails program under 23 U.S.C. 206 of title 23.
Do you have more questions concerning the TA? Email Oscar Camejo or call 305-375-1837.
2021 Application Cycle
The application period closed.
- View the TA Program Letter here.
- View the TA Program Alternatives Selection and Prioritization Criteria here.
- Access the TA Program Application here.
On Friday, February 19, 2021, FDOT Scoping Committee reviewed presentations on April 1 and April 2, 2021.
The TPO received the below 23 applications for TAP funding in the 2021 cycle:
- Downtown Coral Gables Water Quality Improvements
- Implementation of Florida City Hub Mobility Study
- West 4th Avenue Frontage Road Pedestrian and Bike Lane Improvement, Hialeah
- Section 12 Sidewalk Improvement, Hialeah
- I395 Underdeck Baywalk Connection along NE 13th Street
- Miami River Greenway NW 19 Avenue to NW 17 Avenue Project
- Meridian Avenue Shared-Use Path, Miami Beach
- Pedestrian Bridge Replacement over C-8 Biscayne Canal, North Miami
- South Miami Pedestrian Bridge Construction
- South Miami Culvert Replacement SW 64th Court over Twin Lakes Canal
- West Miami Traffic Safety Improvements
- Commodore Trail Missing Link Road Diet and Buffered Bike Lanes along South Miami Avenue
- First-Last Mile Connection to the Aventura Brightline Station and the Aventura Bus Terminal
- Highlighting Confict Points along SW 137 Avenue Bicycle Lanes
- Miami Shores Intersection Improvement Program
- Ludlam Trail West Flagler Street Trail Overpass
- Cutler Bay SW 82 Avenue Roadway Improvements
- Miami Lakes Business Park East Pedestrian and ADA Improvements Phase 1 Project
- Town of Surfside Pedestrian Safety Infrastructure Improvements
- Sustainability and Expansion of Walksafe and Bikesafe Programs for K-8 Grades in Miami-Dade County
- Palmetto Bay Sub-Basin 11 Improvemets
- SW 88th Street Planning Study, Pinecrest
- SW 82nd Avenue Complete Streets Planning Project, Pinecrest
View the above applications on Google Earth Pro by right-clicking one of the links below:
Note: KMZ files must be opened using Google Earth or Google Earth Pro. Open or extract ZIP file on your computer to access KMZ file.
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