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, the TA Program will be framed as 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: FY 2016 - Application Submission

The TPB partners with state-level transportation agencies to accept and review applications for the FY 2016 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. We will inform all interested parties when the application period for the FY 2016 solicitation will begin. 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 is participating with the Maryland Department of Transporation in its FY 2016 solicitation. The FY 2016 application period is currently open and the deadline for submission is COB on May 15, 2015. 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 convened a review panel to make funding recommendations for Northern Virginia projects in May 2015. The panel's recommendations were announced at the TPB's Technical Committee meeting on April 3. Information on the FY 2017 solicitation will be provided in Summer 2015.

Please visit VDOT's Local Assistance Division for more information.

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

TPB Funding Recommendations

Tentative CTB Recommendations (Note that TPB selections are labeled "TMA")


Please contact TPB staff at with any questions about the regional TA Program application process.