The Latest: The CRTPA has initiated the solicitation of TA applications with applications due on February 18, 2022. Relatedly, a virtual TA Informational Meeting has been scheduled for December 2 at 4 P.M. (to request a link to the virtual meeting, please email email@example.com).
The CRTPA’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a competitive program that coordinates the solicitation and ranking of TA programs and projects defined as: 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 identified 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. More information on Transportation Alternatives, developed by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), may be found by clicking here.
As the region’s Transportation Planning Organization, the CRTPA manages the solicitation, ranking and submittal of eligible TAP projects prior to provision to the 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 consideration and adoption of ranked projects on the CRTPA’s annual Transportation Alternatives Project Priority List by the CRTPA. The CRTPA TA Subcommittee reviews received application based upon the agency’s adopted TA evaluation criteria.
- November 2, 2021 – CRTPA TA Subcommittee forms for 2021/2022 TA solicitation cycle (view presentation)
- November 17, 2021 – CRTPA approves capping the maximum of TA funding sought per project at $650,000
- November 22, 2021 – CRTPA initiates call for new TA applications for FY 2024 – FY 2028
- November 30, 2021 – CRTPA TA Subcommittee meeting at 12 p.m. (Florida Room, 2nd Floor Tallahassee City Hall)
- December 2, 2021 – TA Informational Virtual Public Meeting at 4 P.M. (please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link to attend)
- February 18, 2022 – TA applications DUE (IMPORTANT: Applications must be submitted through the Florida GAP system. To gain access, please click the link at the bottom right of the GAP page that says, “Request User Access”; to learn more about how to submit a TA application through GAP, click here).
- March 10 & 11, 2022 – TA applicant interviews and scoring meeting with TA Subcommittee
- March/April – Virtual Public Meeting to present the Draft FY 2024 – FY 2028 Transportation Alternatives Project Priority List.
- April 2022 – CRTPA adopts FY 2024 – FY 2028 Transportation Alternatives Project Priority List
What type of projects are eligible for transportation alternatives program funding?
1. Construction, planning, and design of on and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation (pedestrian and bicycle facilities)
2. Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects/systems to provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities (safe routes to non-drivers)
3. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for non-motorized use
4. Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
5. Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising
6. Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities
7. Vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way
8. Archaeological activities related to impacts from transportation projects
9. Environmental mitigation activities
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. The TA application may be downloaded by clicking here.
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 2020
St. Hebron Sidewalk Project (2.16 miles)
Funding Request: $3.1 million (Sponsor: Gadsden County)
US 90 Sidewalk Project (1.06 miles)
Funding Request: $1,052,000 (Sponsor: City of Quincy)
N. Gadsden Street Sidewalk Enhancement (.1004 miles)
Funding Request: $201,900 (Sponsor: Leon County)
Spring Creek Bike Trail (1.77 miles)
Funding Request: $733,716 (Sponsor: Wakulla County)
Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Road Bike Trail (4.17 miles)
Funding Request: $1.5 million (Sponsor: Wakulla County)