Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) – Funding for Trails, Bikes, Sidewalks and More

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) announced on February 10 that applications are being accepted for funding of trails, bicycle and pedestrian projects through the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
TAP is a federally funded transportation program created by MAP-21, the federal transportation act passed by Congress in 2012. TAP is a combination of several previously independent federal transportation funding programs, including the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP), Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and Safe Routes to School (SRTS). TAP provides funding for programs and projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities; safe routes to school; historic preservation; environmental mitigation; and other infrastructure improvements to the transportation system.

Up to $50 million will be made available statewide during this application round, which is expected t0 be the only funding round under MAP-21. This is a reimbursement program, so project sponsors must pay project costs upfront, after which TAP can provide up to 80% of the total project costs. Eligible project sponsors include local governments (counties, cities, towns, and villages).

Guidance material is available on the NYS DOT’s TAP website, including downloadable application forms, workshop schedules and a Guidebook for application preparation.

Applications will be due June 11, 2014. But before applying, applicants must attend two workshop sessions: a TAP Workshop and a Federal Aid 101 workshop. Check the workshop schedule now!

The closest workshop session to Cayuga County will be in Syracuse:

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse
1 – 2 pm TAP Workshop
2 – 4:30 pm Federal Aid 101 Training
Register with the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council by phone to (315) 422-5716 or email to


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