What are Transportation Alternatives (TAP) funds?
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.
Prior to the FAST Act, these funds made up the Transportation Alternatives Program, commonly known as TAP. All projects and activities formerly eligible under TAP are eligible for Transportation Alternatives set-aside funds. To eliminate confusion, PPUATS still commonly refers to these funds as TAP funds.
Eligible Projects and Activities
- 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
- 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
- Archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under 23 USC
- Pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities
- Mitigation to address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff
- Mitigation to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats
Other Eligible Projects/Activities
- 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
Timeline and Important Dates
The competitive funding round for FY18-20 TAP funds is currently underway. PPUATS has received applications and will announce selected projects in early 2019.