Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program is a federal program created 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 include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, complete streets, safe routes to schools, environmental mitigation, and others. 

For the metropolitan Washington region, this new program offers an opportunity to fund regional priorities and complement regional planning activities. The TA program 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.

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