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Transportation Alternatives (TA)

Transportation Alternatives Solicitation

Greater Minnesota Transportation Alternatives Solicitation


The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation replaces the funding from historical programs including Transportation Enhancements, Scenic BywaysSafe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs with a competitive program to be developed by states.

The structure and development of the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is based on the outreach feedback MnDOT heard from our stakeholder process in 2013. View a full description of Minnesota’s principles and the outcome objectives for Transportation Alternatives that came out of that process below:

Process changes

  • Transportation Enhancements: The Transportation Alternatives 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 Transportation Alternatives 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 Transportation Alternatives Solicitation. 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. More information on Minnesota Scenic Byways.

Grant solicitation

Greater Minnesota

The Transportation Alternatives Solicitation is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting projects for approximately $7.5 million in available grant funding across the state.

Greater Minnesota applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project. 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. Full grant applications are available through the regional representatives (PDF).

Before submitting the letter of intent form, review the letter of intent worksheet to ensure you have the necessary information.

Grant solicitation timeline
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 - Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent
  • Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 - Deadline for applicants to submit full applications
  • Monday, April 16, 2018 - Grant recipients announced
TA solicitation summary

Last year, 20 local communities received TAP grants totaling more than $7.6 million. More information on the 2016-17 TAP Solicitation (PDF).

Metro area

TA solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties) is conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board. For more information about the Twin Cities solicitation, visit the Met Council website.

In other MPO areas, check with the MPO for specific timeline information.