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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:

2018-19 Process changes

  • For the 2018/19 application cycle, MnDOT is conducting a joint solicitation for Transportation Alternatives and Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. The same application will be used for both funding programs. Applicants only need to submit the one application to automatically be considered for both programs, as eligible. See guidance documents for eligibility information.

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 $6.5 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.

Solicitation materials
2018-19 solicitation timeline
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 – Announce joint Transportation Alternatives and Safe Routes to School solicitation. Open letter of intent period.
  • Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Deadline for applicants to submit letters of intent.
  • Friday, January 4, 2019 – Deadline for applicants to submit full applications.
  • Monday, April 15, 2019 – Deadline for ATPs to select TA projectsGrant recipients announced.
Solicitation summaries

More information on previous Transportation Alternatives solicitations:

Metro area

The Transportation Alternatives 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.