Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency
Florida's capital area transportation planning agency

2016 Transportation Alternatives Program

NOTE: TA project solicitation CLOSED.  Next TA project solicitation will occur in early 2018

The CRTPA’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) coordinates federal funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, 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, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for the planning, design or construction of boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.  The TAP is authorized under Section 1122 of MAP-21 (23 U.S.C. 213(b), 101(a)(29)).

As the region’s Transportation Planning Organization, the CRTPA manages the region’s solicitation, ranking and submittal of eligible TAP projects to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for annual funding consideration.  Applications are solicited every two years and the initial review and draft ranking of applications is performed by the CRTPA's TA Subcommittee (consisting of six members from the CRTPA's two committees).  The subcommittee reviews the applications based upon the currently adopted TA criteria.  Please note that the criteria, adopted by the CRTPA in 2013, are scheduled to be reviewed in February by the subcommitte.  Any proposed changes to the adopted criteria will require CRTPA approval prior to the scheduled subcommitee draft ranking of projects in April (see below schedule).

2016 Schedule

  • January 15, 2016 – CRTPA TA Application Solicitation Begins
  • February 2, 2016 – TA Informational Public Meeting (Tallahassee City Hall, Tallahassee Room, 3 PM) (view presentation)
  • February 10, 2016 – TA Subcommittee Meeting (Noon – 1:30) (Review adopted criteria) (adopted 2014 criteria attachment) (2016 Subcommittee Recommended criteria)
  • May 2, 2016 – TA Applications DUE*
  • May 12, 2016 – TA Applicant Interviews (Gemini Building, 5th Floor Conference Room) (10:30 am - 1:30 pm)
  • May 18, 2016 – TA Subcommittee Recommended Application Ranking (Noon – 1:30)(Tallahassee City Hall, Tallahassee Room)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 *- Please submit 3 hard copies and one electronic copy
  • May 23, 2016 - Joint Draft TA Priority Project List and Transportation Improvement Program Public Meeting (Tallahassee City Hall, Florida Room, 5-6 pm) (Recommended ranking); to view the meeting presentation, click here
  • June 20, 2016 -  CRTPA Board adopts the FY 2018 - FY 2022 TA Priority Project List

What type of projects are eligible for transportation alternatives program funding?

The following are eligible activities for the receipt of TA funds pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 213(b):

Transportation Alternatives as defined in 23 U.S.C. 101(a)(29) (MAP-21 1103):

    • Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
    • Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
    • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.
    • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
    • Community improvement activities, including-
      • inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;
      • historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;
      • vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control;
      • archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under title 23.
    •  Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to-
      • address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including activities described in sections 133(b)(11), 328(a), and 329 of title 23; or
      • reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
  1. The recreational trails program
  2. The safe routes to school program under section 206 of title 23. under section 1404 of the SAFETEA-LU.
    • Infrastructure-related projects.-planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-related projects on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail in the vicinity of schools that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school, including sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction improvements, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bicycle parking facilities, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools.

    • Noninfrastructure-related activities to encourage walking and bicycling to school, including public awareness campaigns and outreach to press and community leaders, traffic education and enforcement in the vicinity of schools, student sessions on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and environment, and funding for training, volunteers, and managers of safe routes to school programs.

    • Safe Routes to School coordinator
  3. Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways

 

Who can apply?

The following are eligible entities to receive TAP funds (23 U.S.C. 213(c)(4)(B))

  • local governments;
  • regional transportation authorities;
  • transit agencies;
  • natural resource or public land agencies;
  • school districts, local education agencies, or schools;
  • tribal governments; and
  • any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23.

Under TAP, nonprofits are not eligible as direct grant recipients of the funds. Nonprofits are eligible to partner with any eligible entity on an eligible TAP project.

How do I get started? 

  • Attend the TA Informational Public Meeting on February 2, 2016 (3 pm, Tallahassee City Hall, Tallahassee Room) to learn more
  • Submit an application (application checklist)

Want to learn more?

  • FDOT District 3 information related to the TA Program is available at the following link (scroll down to "Transportation Alternatives") Learn more...
  • For more information, contact Greg Burke at the CRTPA (891-8626) 
  • Review the TA applications submitted in 2014 (click here)

   

2016 Applications Received

The following applications were received by the CRTPA (summary of applications): 

US 27 Sidewalk (Leon County) | Mound Street Sidewalk (Wakulla County) | Otter Lake Road Sidewalk (Wakulla County) | Putnam Drive Connectivity (City of Tallahassee) | Dogwood Street Pedestrian Crossing (City of Monticello) | Gretna Sidewalks Update (Gadsden County) | Spooner Road Sidewalk Update (Gadsden County) | Atlanta Street Sidewalk Update (Gadsden County) | Post Plant Road Sidewalk Update (Gadsden County) | Scotland Road Sidewalk Update (Gadsden County)