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Transportation Alternatives Program

Grant solicitation

Greater Minnesota

TAP combines funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School infrastructure, and Scenic Byways - separate programs under the previous federal transportation bill - into one grant program. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $7.5 million across the state. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Oct. 31, 2014. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application.


In MPO areas, check with the MPO for specific timeline information.

  • Oct. 31, 2014 – Letter of Intent deadline
  • Jan. 9, 2015 – Full grant application deadline
  • April 15, 2015 – Grant recipients announced

Metro Area

TAP solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties) is conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board. For more information about the Twin Cities TAP solicitation, visit the Met Council website.

2013-2014 TAP grant solicitation summary

Last year 37 local communities received TAP grants totaling over $13 million. More information on the 2013-2014 TAP Solicitation (PDF 0.5 MB).

Program development

The federal government has developed and passed a transportation bill referred to as MAP-21 that established a consolidated program that provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including many that were previously eligible activities under separately funded programs. The TAP replaces the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Scenic Byways, Safe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs with a competitive program to be developed by states.

The structure and development of the TAP is based on the outreach feedback we have heard from our stakeholder process in 2013. View a full description of Minnesota’s Principles and the outcome objectives for TAP that came out of that process below:

Process changes

  • Transportation Enhancements: The TAP process is similar to the previous Transportation Enhancements process; the local Area Transportation Partnerships are selecting projects regional for the solicitation.
  • Safe Routes to School: The TAP process changes how SRTS infrastructure projects are selected. The previous process had a solicitation that was managed by MnDOT Central Office. Now the local Area Transportation Partnerships will select projects regionally as a part of the TAP. In addition there is now a local match required. More information on additional funding sources for the SRTS programs.
  • Scenic Byways: Scenic Byways will also now be a part of the regional selection conducted through the ATP’s. The Scenic Byway Commission will still prioritize projects and make recommendations to the ATP. More information on Minnesota Scenic Byways.