Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives funding program is a set-aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant. Projects completed with these funds can be of a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, Safe Routes to School projects, community improvements such as historice preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitate connectivity.

Note: Until the FAST Act, this was a stand-alone program: Transportation Alternatives Program, or TAP. All projects and activities formerly eligible under TAP are still eligible for the Transportation Alternatives set-aside funds.

Eligible Activities/Projects

  • Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation.
  • Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.
  • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • Community improvement activities, including: 
    • inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;
    • historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;
    • vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and
    • archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under 23 USC.
  • Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to—
    • address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff; or
    • reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.

In addition to defined Transportation Alternatives (described above), the following projects or activities are also eligible:

  • The recreational trails program under 23 USC 206.
  • The safe routes to school program under §1404 of SAFETEA–LU.
  • Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.
  • Workforce development, training, and education activities are also eligible uses of TAP funds.

Eligible Applicants

Dues-paying members of PPUATS are eligible to apply for funding. Other governmental entities within the Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA) are eligible only with co-sponsorship by one of the PPUATS members.

Examples of Non-PPUATS, eligible project co-sponsors:

  • Local governments
  • Transit Agencies
  • Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies
  • School Districts, Local Education Agencies, or Schools
  • Any other local or regional governmental entity with the responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails


The last competitive funding cycle took place in Fall 2015. Stay tuned for future funding announcements.