The CRTPA’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a competitive program coordinating federal 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, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for the planning, design or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. Funding for the TAP is identiied in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (or “FAST Act”) which provides a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives.
As the region’s Transportation Planning Organization, the CRTPA manages the region’s solicitation, ranking and submittal of eligible TAP projects to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for annual funding consideration. Applications are solicited every two years and the initial review and draft ranking of applications is performed by the CRTPA’s TA Subcommittee (consisting of members from the CRTPA’s two committees) prior to adoption of ranked projects on the CRTPA’s annual Transportation Alternatives Priority Project List by the CRTPA Board.
- February 21, 2019 – CRTPA Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 – FY 2025 TA Priority Project List Public Meeting
- March 19, 2019 – CRTPA scheduled to adopt FY 2021 – FY 20215 TA Priority Project List
- Fall 2019 – FDOT releases Tentative FY 21 – FY 25 Work Program identifying which projects received funding
- December 2019 – CRTPA initiates call for new TA applications for FY 2022 – FY 2026
What type of projects are eligible for transportation alternatives program funding (23 USC 101 (1)(a)(29) or former 23 (USC 213(b)(1)) ?
*Construction, Planning, and Design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
*Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems thatwill 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 non-motorized 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 roadwaysafety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and
-Archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportationproject eligible under 23 USC.
*Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollutionabatement activities and mitigation to:
-Address storm water management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatementrelated to highway construction or due to highway runoff including activities described in 23 USC 133(b)(3) [as amended under the FAST Act], and 328(a) and 329 of Title 23; or,
-Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivityamongterrestrial or aquatic habitats.
*The Recreational Trails Program under 23 USC 206 (Contact Pamela Lister @ Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Greenways and Trails (850) 245-2065, or email Pamela.Lister@dep.state.fl.us for further information).
*Safe Routes to School Projects (Contact Barbara Lee at (850) 330-1428, or email Barbara.Lee@dot.state.fl.us for further information).
*Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-wayof former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.
Who can apply?
The following are eligible entities to receive TAP funds pursuant to 23 USC 133(h)(4)(B):
- local governments;
- regional transportation authorities;
- transit agencies;
- natural resource or public land agencies;
- school districts, local education agencies, or schools;
- tribal governments; and
- any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23.
Under the TAP, nonprofits are not eligible as direct grant recipients of the funds. Nonprofits are eligible to partner with any eligible entity on an eligible TAP project.
Submitted applications are required to include proof of right-of-way ownership from the submitting agency. Only applications that identify that the proposed project is located within public ownership will be considered. Such proof includes the provision of plats, deeds, prescriptions and certified surveys.
For more information, contact Greg Burke at the CRTPA (891-8626)
Applications Received in 2018
Wakulla Arran Road SIDEWALK (limits: Oak Street to Magnolia Ridge - .35 miles)
Funding Request: $172,091 (Sponsor: Wakulla County)
Wakulla Arran Road SIDEWALK (limits: US 319 to Cajer Posey - 1.88 miles)
Funding Request: $491,666 (Sponsor: Wakulla County)
Trice Lane SIDEWALK (limits: Shadeville Highway to Wakulla Arran Road - .91 miles)
Funding Request: $306,965 (Sponsor: Wakulla County); Sidewalk
Spring Creek Highway (CR 365) OFF ROAD BIKE PATH (4.065 miles)
Funding Request: $1.48 million (Sponsor: Wakulla County)
Blountstown Street SIDEWALK (US 90 to W. Tharpe Street) (.68 miles)
Funding Request: $910,145 (Sponsor: City of Tallahassee)