The Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area Transportation Study (PPUATS)—the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Peoria-Pekin Urbanized Area—announces the availability of Transportation Alternatives (TAP) funding for transportation projects. These funds come from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and are administered through the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). As an MPO with an urbanized population over 200,000, PPUATS receives an annual allotment of TAP funds to program.
TAP funds projects that expand transportation options for non-drivers and that improve quality of life by enhancing the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of existing transportation infrastructure.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act replaced the former Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) with a set-aside of funds under the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG). For reduce confusion, PPUATS will refer to the set-aside as TAP funds. TAP authorizes funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to storm water and habitat connectivity; recreational trail projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former divided highways.
The call for projects begins July 18, 2018 and ends at 4:30pm on Friday, September 21, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered ineligible for TAP funding. PPUATS members may apply by downloading, completing, and submitting the application below.
All projects applying for TAP funding must be sponsored by one or more of the PPUATS member entities. Other governmental entities within the MPO planning area are eligible only with co-sponsorship by one of the PPUATS member entities. A map of the MPO planning area may be found at the end of this document.
A project must demonstrate a relationship to surface transportation to be eligible for TAP funding. TAP projects must enhance the transportation system either by serving a transportation need or providing a transportation use or benefit and not be solely for recreational use. Projects must be consistent with the goals of PPUATS’ Long-Range Transportation Plan, the FAST Act, and BikeConnect HOI Regional Bicycle Plan. In addition, projects need to be constructed in reasonable, usable segments and provide logical termini.
Activities are not eligible if they are routine maintenance projects such as re-striping a trail, cleaning up debris or repairing a broken curb. Please be advised if your project involves sidewalk work you most likely will be required to update the facility to meet current ADA Accessibility Standards. That would include, but not be limited to, curb cuts and handicapped ramps at intersections and corrective measures to fix cross slopes that exceed the ADA standards.
Potential applicants may find more information in the Call for Project Instructions document.
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.
In addition to defined Transportation Alternatives (described above), the following projects or activities are also eligible:
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:
The last competitive funding cycle took place in Fall 2015. Stay tuned for future funding announcements.