Letter of Intent
To be considered for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) one must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by NOVEMBER 21, 2013. To apply, please CLICK HERE.
Once a project's LOI has been approved by MnDOT, a full application may be completed. Before completing an application, it is strongly recommended that applicants consult with their Regional Development Commission (RDC) in an effort to complete an improved application. Please see the RDC contact information on this page for further information.
Full application [Word]
Full application [PDF]
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) provides funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives. It combines formally distinct transportation program areas into a competitive grant process. MAP-21 provides discretion for individual states to conduct their own program in a format that represents the decision making process of each state. When MAP-21 created TAP, it integrated transportation enhancements and nontraditional programs such as Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Scenic Byways under a single umbrella. MAP-21 also changed eligibility and eliminated some dedicated funding sources.
- On-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation
- Transportation projects to achieve Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 compliance
- Safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors
- Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
- Inventory, control or removal of outdoor advertising
- Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities
- Vegetation management to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and to provide erosion control
- Archaeological activities
- Environmental mitigation to address storm water management
- Reduce vheicle-caused wildlife mortality or restore/maintain habitate connectivity
- Recreation trails program
- Safe Routes to School
Key Changes and Points
- Still requires a State Aid eligible "sponsor". A sponsor is a city over 5,000 population or county.
- The only former Scenic Byways projects still eligible are the construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- MnDOT will not fund engineering activities and the purchase of right of way through TAP.
- MnDOT cannot be awarded TAP federal funds.
- All Safe Routes to School applications must be reviewed and approved by MnDOT Coordinators.
- The Southwest ATP is only authorized to fund $300,000 in projects per fiscal year.
- Will solicit projects for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 during current cycle.
More information about the TAP Program may be found HERE.
Key Deadlines for 2013 Submission
- November 15, 2013
- LOI due
- December 9, 2013
- Begin application stage
- February 1, 2014
- Applications due
- February 14, 2014
- Required TAP Committee presentation
- Applicants are required by the Southwest ATP to attend the TAP select committee meeting. During the meeting an applicant is asked to present their project and respond to all of the committee's questions. Projects will be given 30 minutes for the presentation and questions.
- March 7, 2014
- Ranked projects to ATP
- April 15, 2014
- Selected projects approved by the Southwest ATP
Regional Development Commissions (RDCs)
The Regional Development Commissions serve the vital role of assisting and aiding the projects develop from their infancy to completed project applications. For more information on your Regional Development Commission (RDC) please see the contact information below.
- Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC)
333 Sixth Street SW, Suite 2
Willmar, MN 56201-5615
- Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC)
323 West Schlieman Avenue
Appleton, MN 56208
- Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC)
2401 Broadway Avenue
Slayton, MN 56172
Based on the project, the applicant is strongly encouraged to contact MnDOT District 8 staff. Please see contact page for more information.