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Transportation Alternatives Program

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Applications for fiscal year 2016 will be accepted beginning Monday, August 3, 2015. Completed applications must be submitted by Friday, September 4, 2015. Please consult the Transportation Alternatives Program Summary before completing the application.

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program is a reimbursable federal aid program for community-based transportation projects funded through the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21 Century Act (MAP-21). The program aims to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve quality of life, and protect the environment by supporting non-traditional projects linked to the transportation system. In total, there is approximately $1.15 million available for TA grants for the DDOT FY 2016 application cycle. 

Eligible Activities

Each TA project must demonstrate a relationship to surface transportation and fall under one of the eligible activities listed below.

  • Facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation
  • Safe routes for non-drivers
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails
  • Community improvement activities, which includes, but is not limited to the following:
    • Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising
    • Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities
    • Vegetation management practices in transportation rights of way
    • Archaeological activities relating to impacts from transportation projects
    • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
    • Streetscape improvements, which are project components of another TAP eligible category
  • Environmental mitigation or pollution prevention
  • Safe Routes to School
  • Recreational Trails

Each project will be reviewed through a competitive process and selected based upon a number of criteria including the project's expected benefits to the community, feasibility and project readiness, consistency with agency plans and missions, and the sponsor’s demonstrated ability to manage a federal-aid project.

Project Sponsors

If awarded funding, sponsors will be responsible for providing a project manager who will manage the implementation process. This includes project development, day-to-day management, supervising necessary contractors, and ensuring that the project is completed on time and in accordance with all federal requirements. The project sponsor also assumes the maintenance and legal liability for the duration of the project’s useful life.

Eligible project sponsors include the following:

  • Local governments
  • Regional transportation authorities
  • Transit agencies
  • Natural resource or public land agencies
  • School districts and local education agencies
  • Tribal governments
  • Other local and governmental entities with oversight of transportation or recreational trails

Nonprofit 501 (c) organizations are still eligible to apply in the role of Project Advocate provided that they partner with an eligible government agency that is willing to act as the official Project Sponsor. Nonprofits that apply using this arrangement should clearly articulate the role and responsibilities of the respective parties in the application.

To Apply

Project sponsors should familiarize themselves with the TA Program Summary prior to completing their applications. Applicants may then fill out the official application form and submit it to Stephen Rice, Transportation Planner, before the September 4 deadline.


August 3 – Release call for projects.

September 4 – Deadline to submit project applications to DDOT’s Transportation Alternatives administrator.

October 1 – Official announcement of selected projects. Notifications are sent out to both award recipients and applicants for projects not selected for funding.

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