Transportation Alternatives Program
TAP combines funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School infrastructure, and Scenic Byways - separate programs under the previous federal transportation bill - into one grant program. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $7.5 million across the state. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Oct. 31, 2014. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application.
- Program eligibility requirements and regional contacts (PDF 0.5 MB)
- Letter of intent form (PDF 0.5 MB)
In MPO areas, check with the MPO for specific timeline information.
- Oct. 31, 2014 – Letter of Intent deadline
- Jan. 9, 2014 – Full grant application deadline
- April 15, 2014 – Grant recipients announced
The TAP solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties) will be conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board. The Council will release a TAP solicitation mid-October. For more information about the Twin Cities TAP solicitation, follow the Met Council link.
2013-2014 TAP grant solicitation summary
Last year 37 local communities received TAP grants totaling over $13 million. More information on the 2013-2014 TAP Solicitation (PDF 0.5 MB).
The federal government has developed and passed a transportation bill referred to as MAP-21 that established a consolidated program that provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including many that were previously eligible activities under separately funded programs. The TAP replaces the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Scenic Byways, Safe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs with a competitive program to be developed by states.
The structure and development of the TAP is based on the outreach feedback we have heard from our stakeholder process in 2013. View a full description of Minnesota’s Principles and the outcome objectives for TAP that came out of that process below:
- Transportation Enhancements: The TAP process is similar to the previous Transportation Enhancements process; the local Area Transportation Partnerships are selecting projects regional for the solicitation.
- Safe Routes to School: The TAP process changes how SRTS infrastructure projects are selected. The previous process had a solicitation that was managed by MnDOT Central Office. Now the local Area Transportation Partnerships will select projects regionally as a part of the TAP. In addition there is now a local match required. More information on additional funding sources for the SRTS programs.
- Scenic Byways: Scenic Byways will also now be a part of the regional selection conducted through the ATP’s. The Scenic Byway Commission will still prioritize projects and make recommendations to the ATP. More information on Minnesota Scenic Byways.