The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under Section 1122 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and is reauthorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. In 2022 the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law replaced the FAST Act and re authorized TAP. Each state develops rules to administer their program according its priorities.

The federally funded TAP provides opportunities to expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through categories of activities related to the surface transportation system. The TAP focuses on non-traditional transportation projects.

TAP projects must relate to the surface transportation systems and be eligible under one or more of the four eligible TAP Project Activities outlined in Section B of this guide. This call for projects is limited to eligible project sponsors and projects from non-urban areas with populations of 5,000 or less and urban areas with populations of 5,001 to 200,000 that are outside 2010 U.S. Census Urbanized Area boundaries with populations over 200,000. Large urbanized area boundaries are also known as Transportation Management Areas (TMA). TMA receive a separate allocation of TAP funding that is administered by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Guidance
  1. Construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized 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;
  2. Construction 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;
  3. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users; and
  4. Construction of infrastructure-related projects to 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.

2014 TAP Applications for FY15-FY16 Funding
2016 TAP Applications for FY17-FY18 Funding
2018 TAP Applications for FY19-FY20 Funding
2020 TAP Applications for FY21 Funding
2022 TAP Applications for FY23-FY24 Funding (Packet 1) (Packet 2)