Transportation Alternatives Program
The federal government has developed and passed a new transportation bill referred to as MAP-21 that establishes 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.
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 $13 million across the state. An outline of the changes to these programs is listed below. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Nov. 15, 2013. 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.
- Program eligibility requirements and regional contacts (PDF 0.5 MB)
- Letter of intent form (PDF 0.5 MB)
In MPO areas, check with the MPO for specific timeline information.
- Nov. 15, 2013 – Letter of Intent deadline
- Feb. 1, 2014 – Full grant application deadline
- April 15, 2014 – Grant recipients announced
The TAP solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties) will be conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board. The Council anticipates releasing a TAP solicitation in late 2013. For more information about the Twin Cities TAP solicitation, please contact Heidi Schallberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program development and outreach
The structure and development of the TAP is based on the outreach feedback we have heard from our stakeholder process over the last few months. View a full description of Minnesota’s Principles and the outcome objectives developed out of the outreach process below:
- 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.