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PennDOT Funding Available for 'Transportation Alternative' Projects

Friday February 14th, 2014

PennDOT is now accepting applications for funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program.  The application deadline is April 4, 2014.

This federal program offers local governments and others funding opportunities to expand transportation choices. Funding is provided for programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” in federal legislation, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, recreational trail projects, and safe routes to school projects. 

Eligible projects could include sidewalks, bike lanes, wide paved shoulders, off-road trails, rail trails, pedestrian signals, traffic calming, lighting, bicycle and pedestrian education for grades K-8, scenic overlooks, and historic preservation of historic transportation facilities. 

The TAP Application form, TAP Program Guidance, and additional information is available here.

If you are interested in applying, please carefully read through the TAP Program Guidance document on PennDOT’s website, as it covers project eligibility, sponsor eligibility, funding, project selection criteria, regulatory requirements, funding round schedule, and other important subjects. 

Projects will be selected based on the degree to which the application addresses all selection criteria outlined in the TAP Program Guidance. To speed project implementation, PennDOT will place emphasis on projects that will be ready for construction by September 30, 2016. Projects with complex right-of-way, utility, environmental, public support, or other issues that would add cost or delay delivery will score lower and are less likely to be selected. Another key criterion will be reasonableness of cost.