Transportation Alternatives (TA) Grant Application
As part of the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program, the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a reimbursable federal aid funding program for transportation-related community projects that strengthen the intermodal transportation system. TAP funds projects that enhance the cultural, aesthetic, historic, and environmental aspects of the system. The program funds projects that create bicycle and pedestrian facilities, restore historic transportation buildings, convert abandoned railway corridors to pedestrian trails, and mitigate highway runoff.
The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) administers TAP for all Maryland projects as a service to its customers. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, 50% of funds apportioned to Maryland’s Transportation Alternatives Program are sub-allocated to three Maryland Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), National Capitol Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) and Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) review and approve projects within their area.
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MDOT SHA encourages the development of TAP projects for the 50% of the state-apportioned funds available to any area in the State, and provides some project support services. The TAP project sponsor is responsible for the design, management, construction, implementation and permit requests. All potential TAP projects require a sponsor for a minimum of 20% of the project costs. The project sponsor also assumes the maintenance and legal liability for the duration of the project’s useful life. Any project sponsored by a non-government agency, organization or individual must have a government agency as a co-sponsor.
Project sponsors may include:
- Local governments
- Regional transportation authorities
- Transit agencies
- Natural resource and public land agencies
- School districts and local education agencies
- Tribal governments
- Any local and governmental entity with oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
All TAP projects must relate to surface transportation and meet one of the nine qualifying TAP categories listed in the federal legislation. For information see the TAP manual (PDF, 12mb)
TAP projects in Maryland must also:
• Benefit all potential users and allow free use by a broad segment of the public;
• Maintain a reasonable duration of the intended public use, as determined by MDOT SHA;
• Be located on publicly owned right-of-way or on right-of-way encumbered with a permanent easement
held by a state agency or the government agency sponsoring or co-sponsoring the project; and
• Comply with ADA, NEPA, and all other applicable state and federal regulations (e.g., pedestrian and
bicycle facilities must meet state and federal standards for width, grade, signing, and materials).
Questions for Baltimore Metropolitan Council BMC: email@example.com
Questions for Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments MWCOG: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions for Wilmington Area Planning Council WILMAPCO: email@example.com
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Establish that your project is eligible for TAP funding by determining its qualifying category and relationship to surface transportation. If you are not a government agency be sure to secure a government agency co-sponsor for the project. TAP funding can be requested for up to 80% of a project’s total estimated cost. Since TAP only reimburses paid costs up to these limits, ensure other sources of non- federal transportation funding for a minimum of 20% of the project costs.
Once this information has been considered, prepare a TAP application and submit it to MDOT SHA. Projects that provide more than the minimum 20% cash match will be considered stronger applicants during the selection process.
What Happens After Submission
Confirmation that the application is acceptable
Confirmation one of the nine qualifying TAP Categories listed have been met
Verification of project sponsor
MDOT SHA will verify with the project sponsor listed that they are willing and able to provide at least 20% of the necessary funds
MDOT SHA will reach out to applicant contact #1 and #2 listed in the application to advise on the application status
MDOT SHA reaches out to applicant