Transportation Alternatives (TA) is a competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects (recommended $100,000 minimum) for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.
More information on the letter of intent and the program is available online at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/ta/
Surface Transportation Program (STP) for local projects
Small Urban — city street/bridges (Applications due January 13, 2023)
Funds are designated for street/bridge improvements on city federal aid routes. Eligible applicants are cities with populations of 5,000 or more. In ATP 7, this includes Fairmont, Mankato, New Prague, New Ulm, North Mankato, St. Peter, Waseca and Worthington.
Rural — county roads/bridges (Applications due January 13, 2023)
Funds are designated for street/bridge improvements on county federal aid routes outside the boundaries of small urban areas.. Eligible applicants are all counties in ATP 7. This includes counties of Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Nobles, Rock, Sibley, Waseca and Watonwan.
Bridge On System (Applications due January 13, 2023)
Funds are designated for bridge improvements on federal aid routes. Eligible applicants are all cities and counties in ATP 7.
PROTECT (Applications due February 10, 2023)
PROTECT is a federal transportation program to promote climate resiliency of transportation facilities on the federal-aid system. Funding is available in fiscal years 2024 and 2025.
Carbon Reduction Program (Applications due February 10, 2023)
Carbon Reduction Program (CRP) provides federal funding to reduce carbon from transportation sources. Projects in the MAPO area not eligible for this ATP solicitation (they must be through MAPO). These funds are not specific to the federal-aid system. Funding is for fiscal years 2023, 2024, and 2025.
Local transit capital
Eligible applicants are the public transit systems. For more information, go to www.dot.state.mn.us/transit/
- Railroad Crossings:
Funds are designated for gates and signal improvements and crossing closures on any public road with a railroad crossing. Eligible applicants are all counties and cities with populations of 5,000 or more. Rail improvement solicitation will be managed by the Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations (Rail Section).
- Off-system bridges:
Funds are designed for bridge improvements that are not on any federal aid route. Eligible applicants are cities with populations of 5,000 or more and the county in which the bridge lies. Township bridges are eligible with a county sponsor. Off-system bridge solicitation will be managed through the Office of State Aid.
Local Partnership Program (LPP)
The Local Partnership Program (LPP) was created to provide statewide transportation partnership opportunities with local agencies and construct highway improvements that are mutually beneficial at locations that are not currently programmed on state highways.
Further information is available online at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/stateaid/lpp.html