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Transportation Alternatives Program

Delay in the 2022-2025 TAP PEB Public Meeting

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After careful consideration and consultation with many stakeholders, the Department has postponed the current CTP and TAP Project Evaluation Boards (PEB). This is largely due to the overwhelming number of meaningful and needed projects we have received. We want to ensure that each project receives the attention it deserves and the evaluation process remains comprehensive, aligned, consistent, and fair. We're also expanding the PEB meetings to include public testimony and allocating more time for presentations and board discussions.

The Community Transportation Program promotes the development of surface transportation facilities in Alaska, such as new or existing surface transportation facilities that enhance travel and tourism, reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions, and improve air quality and projects connecting different transportation types, such as roads and trails. The Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding for various generally smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; recreational trails; safe routes to school projects; vulnerable road user safety assessments; and more.

As the Department works to refine the approach to ensure a community-centered approach is adhered to, new dates will be published and public noticed in the coming weeks.

Program Purpose

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside from the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program provides funding for a variety of generally smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management; environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity; recreational trails; safe routes to school projects; and vulnerable road user safety assessments. Awarded projects will be developed and managed by DOT&PF. This program does not issue grants to communities directly. For information about eligible entities and projects, please look at the program information page.

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

Alaska DOT&PF Opens CTP and TAP Programs

2023 TAP Application

This public notice is the formal announcement for a new award cycle of a community transportation program administered by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF). The Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) is a competitive surface transportation program to preserve, upgrade or create new facilities such as sidewalks, bike paths, and trails outside the Metropolitan Planning Organization boundary (Anchorage & Fairbanks) boundaries.

Application Process

Responding to community needs is important to the department and the State of Alaska. The Call for Projects will be broken into two phases. It is required to submit a NOIA in Phase One to be eligible for the Phase Two Call for Projects.

September 1 - October 3, 2022 Public Comment Opportunity for Project Evaluation Criteria
September 1 - October 31, 2022 Phase One - Intent to Apply - Communities wishing to apply must submit an NOIA form.  Applicants will be asked to provide project title, location/termini, scope, short justification, and answer eligibility screening.  
November - February 2023 Phase Two - Call for Projects - DOT&PF will use preliminary project information to determine eligibility and prepare a Scope, Schedule, and Estimate. Communities develop full project applications for eligible projects.  
February 28, 2023 APPLICATIONS DUE
March - April 2023 Pre-screening and project package development by DOT&PF for projects to compete at PEB (highest scoring projects).
May 30-31, 2023 PEB SCORING
June 2023 Project Awards Announced


Eligible Projects

Example TAP projects may include:

  • On-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists; safe routes for non-drivers (formerly Safe Routes to School); convert abandoned railroad corridors for trails for non-motorized transportation users; create turnouts, scenic overlooks and viewing areas; support historic preservation and rehabilitation; support environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity; and, vulnerable road user safety assessments.
2022 TAP Award Amounts

We are expecting to award close to $20-30 million for TAP this award cycle.

TAP projects are limited to two project submittals per community with a not-to-exceed federal share amount of $5,000,000.

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