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Community Transportation Program

Program Contact:
Please direct any questions to your regional planner.

They will be your main point of contact during the CTP project nomination and evaluation process.

Program Purpose

The Community Transportation Program (CTP) is a competitive surface transportation program held every 3 years and administered by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). The CTP solicits community input, nominations, and project sponsorship. Development of projects includes identifying needs through public outreach and involvement, evaluating and scoring eligible projects by a board, and prioritizing and selecting projects to award.

Examples of CTP projects would be ones that make new or maintain or improve existing surface transportation facilities, enhance travel and tourism, reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, improve air quality, and projects that connect different types of transportation such as roads and trails. The State of Alaska, Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), Program Development, is putting together guidance documents to assist in applying for the competitive programs.

There are two sets of criteria for this project nomination opportunity: 1) Urban and Rural, and 2) Remote. Communities not connected to the road system by road or ferry are considered Remote. All other communities are considered Urban and Rural.

State Competitive Process

The State is responsible for selecting projects submitted by eligible entities through a competitive process for all funds not suballocated to MPOs representing urbanized areas with populations greater than 200,000 (23 U.S.C. 133(h)(4)(B)).

Prior Awards

Notice of Upcoming Community Transportation Program

This public notice is the advanced and preparatory announcement for an upcoming solicitation, Notice of Funding Opportunity, award cycle of the Community Transportation Program (CTP) a community transportation program administered by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). CTP is a competitive surface transportation program to preserve, upgrade or create new roads, bridges, and non-motorized facilities outside the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Anchorage & Fairbanks) boundaries.

Program Process

Listening to and responding to community needs is important to the Department and the State of Alaska. This solicitation will be broken into two phases.

Phase One - Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) will help ensure DOT&PF supports community applications through the nomination process including an eligibility determination and development of a Scope, Schedule, and Estimate (SSE) for the project. Projects submitted to the DOT&PF will be screened for eligibility, and eligible projects will advance to the next phase. Early notification allows DOT&PF to work with communities to make projects more competitive. 

Phase Two – Call for Projects (CFP) requires a full project application, confirmation of matching funds and management responsibility for the project, and a community resolution of support.

After complete project applications are received from Phase Two, projects will receive a preliminary score from the DOT&PF area planners. Projects that score high enough will advance to the Project Evaluation Board (PEB) for a final evaluation and potential project award.

All projects require a 9.03% local match, and if the DOT&PF approved estimate increases over the life of the project, the community will be required to match the new estimate accordingly. For this reason, contingencies will be assessed on community match (50% on preconstruction phases and 15% on the construction estimate). A formal match agreement will be prepared for eligible projects that move forward to scoring.

Proposed Timeline
August 1, 2022 Pre-Notice of CTP Program Announcement
August – September 2022 Notice & Public Comment Opportunity on Project Evaluation Criteria
August - October 2022 Phase OneNotice of Intent to Apply (NOIA). Communities wishing to apply, must respond to the NOIA. Applicants will be asked to provide basic project information such as title, location, scope, justification, and answer eligibility screening questions.
October – February 2023 Phase TwoCall for Projects (CFP). DOT&PF will use preliminary project information to determine eligibility and prepare a Scope, Schedule, and Estimate. Communities will develop full project applications with assistance from DOT&PF for eligible projects.
March – April 2023 Pre-screening and project package development by DOT&PF for projects to compete at the PEB meeting (highest scoring projects)
Mid-April 2023 Project Evaluation Board (PEB)
May 2023 Project Awards Announced
What can you do to prepare now? 
  • Sign up with GovDelivery to stay in the know (see link below). The next announcement will include draft scoring criteria for public review and comment, accompanied by an Intent to Apply period.
  • Consult with your community or tribal representatives to identify your priority transportation needs. Early preparation will help ensure a thorough and competitive project nomination packet.
  • Contact a DOT&PF Area Planner for help: https://dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/cip/stip/assets/dotplanners.pdf  
Eligible Projects

CTP projects for this solicitation include, but are not limited to:

  • improve existing surface transportation facilities;
  • improve or make new transportation facilities that provide access to important resources or connect communities;
  • connect different types of transportation modes such as transit and trails or roads;
  • enhance travel and tourism;
  • electric vehicle charging infrastructure;
  • reduction of wildlife-vehicle collisions, e.g., wildlife crossings.
2022-23 Award Amounts    

DOT&PF is actively engaged in soliciting input from transportation boards, economic development agencies, planning organizations, and others on the levels of funding distributions among State programs. Final amounts will be provided during the Phase I – Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA).

  • The estimated total amount of funding to be awarded this cycle for CTP will be between $80-$120 million.
  • CTP Projects are limited to two project submittals per public entity, not to exceed federal share amount of $15 million as determined through an Alaska DOT&PF certified estimate. DOT&PF is an eligible sponsor for CTP community roads.
When does the CTP Notice of Intent to Apply (NOIA) Period Begin?

The formal Notice of Intent to Apply period (Phase One) is expected to begin in mid-August 2022 and will run through October 2022.

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