Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program is a federal program under MAP-21 that provides funding to projects considered "alternative" to traditional highway construction. The TA Program combines three former federal programs: Transportation Enhancements (TE), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and Recreational Trails (RTP). Eligible recipients include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts and agencies, and other appropriate local or regional governmental entities. Non-profits are not eligible to be direct recipients of the funds. Eligible projects will include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, complete streets, safe routes to schools, environmental mitigation, and others. Please review the federal guidance for a complete list of eligible activities.

For the National Capital Region, this new program offers an opportunity to fund regional priorities and complement regional planning activities. In the National Capital Region, TAP is a complementary component of the TPB's Transportation/Land-Use Connections (TLC) Program, which provides technical assistance for small planning studies to TPB member jurisdictions, and a potential implementation tool for the Regional Transportation Priorities Plan.

Regional Transportation Alternatives Program: Application Submission

The TPB partners with state-level transportation agencies to accept and review applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program. Please find the next steps for each state-level jurisdiction below:

District of Columbia: The TPB will participate with the District Department of Transportation on solicitation for projects in 2015. DDOT opened the application period on August 3, 2015, and the deadline to submit for FY 2016 is September 4, 2015. For the application form and more information, please visit the DDOT program page at Projects and Planning for more information.

Staff Contact: Stephen Rice, Phone: 202-741-8529 E-mail:

Maryland: The TPB collaborated with the Maryland Department of Transporation in its FY 2016 solicitation. Applications are accepted year-round and the deadline to submit for funds during FY 2016 was May 15, 2015. TPB staff convened a selection panel to review the applications make funding recommendations in July. The recommendations were presented to the TPB Technical Committee on July 9, 2015 and approved at the TPB meeting on July 22, 2015. Seven projects were approved for approximately $3.2 million in funding.

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Please visit the program page at Maryland State Highway Administration for more information.

Staff Contacts: Jessica Shearer, Phone: 410-545-5675,; Christy Bernal, Phone: 410-545-5659, E-mail:

Virginia: The TPB will participate with the Virginia Department of Transportation in its FY 2017 solicitation. The deadline to submit for FY 2017 is November 1, 2015. For the application form and more information, please visit the VDOT program page at Local Assistance Division for more information.

Staff Contact: Pamela Liston, Phone: 804-786-2734, E-mail:


Please contact TPB staff at with any questions about the TAP application process.