The Transportation Alternatives Program is a federal program under MAP-21 that provides funding to projects considered "alternatives" 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.
One of the key differences between the TA Program and the previous programs is that large MPOs, including the Transportation Planning Board, will play a new role in project selection for a portion of program funds that will be suballocated to large metropolitan regions. 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.
The TPB completed its competitive process for the selection of Transportation Alternatives projects for its suballocated portion of funding for FY 2013 and FY 2014. The TPB approved a slate of projects in the District of Columbia (FY 2013 and FY 2014), Maryland (FY 2013 and FY 2014), and Virginia (FY 2014) at its meeting on July 17, 2013. Please find the next steps for each state-level jurisdiction below:
District of Columbia: The TPB will coordinate with the District Department of Transportation and determine a collaborative process for the FY 2015 TA Program funding.
Maryland: The TPB will participate with MDOT in a second solicitation for FY 2014 TA Program funding. The TPB has $979,548 remaining from its most recent solicitation. This second solicitation will occur between April 15 and May 15. All applications are due to the Maryland State Highway Administration on May 15.
Virginia: The TPB will participate with VDOT in its FY 2015 TA Program solicitation. In addition to the suballocated funding for FY 2015, the TPB carries over $388,078 that will be included in this solicitation, for a total of $2,939,347 available for FY 2015 project submissions. Please refer to VDOT's Local Assistance Division for more information about the solicitation.
The project solicitation for the Regional TA Program was March 1, 2013 through May 15, 2013.
The TPB hosted a Regional TA Program Application Workshop to provide information to potential applicants about the regional TA Program. The workshop was held on March 22, 2013, at 12:30 p.m. at MWCOG and via webinar.
The application deadline for Transportation Alternatives Program submissions was Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
District of Columbia
The TPB issued a solicitation for the regional TA Program only for both FY 2013 and FY 2014. The solicitation was issued on March 1, 2013, and applications were due to the TPB on May 15, 2013. Projects funded through the regional TA Program were approved by the TPB in July.
The TPB participated in a joint solicitation with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) that was issued on March 1, 2013. This solicitation combined TAP funds for FY 2013 and FY 2014. Applications were due to MDOT on May 15, 2013. Projects funded through the regional TA Program were approved by the TPB in July.
The TPB issued a solicitation for the regional TA Program only for FY 2014. The TPB solicitation permited applications for new projects. The solicitation was issued on March 1, 2013, and applications were due to the TPB on May 15, 2013. Projects funded through the regional TA Program were approved by the TPB in July.
Please contact TPB staff at TAP@mwcog.org with any questions about the regional TA Program application process.