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Transportation Alternatives Program

DOT&PF Announces 2022-2025 CTP & TAP Community Project Awards

Below is the list of projects slated to receive "Intent to Award" letters from DOT&PF. However, the execution of final grant agreements is contingent upon the approval of the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP, currently awaiting approval from the Federal Highways Administration and Federal Transit Administration, provides detailed information on funding amounts and project specifics and can be reviewed here.

Transportation planners will soon engage with community officials to initiate the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) process for these projects. The MOA ensures effective collaboration and coordination between DOT&PF and local stakeholders.

Congratulations to the following:

Project Name Sponsor PEB Score
Portage Curve Multi-Modal and Trail of Blue Ice Connector U.S. Forest Service 439.0
Naknek to King Salmon Non-motorized Pathway Bristol Bay Borough 437.5
Palmer Fishhook Separated Pathway: Trunk Rd to Edgerton Parks Rd Matanuska Susitna Borough 414.8
Healy to Antler Ridge Separated Path Denali Borough 410.5
Healy Area & School Ped Path Denali Borough 388.5
Knik River Wayside Gold Star Families Memorial Alaska Department of Fish & Game 388.0
Craig-Klawock Bike and Pedestrian Pathway Craig Tribal Association 381.0
Spruce Mill Promenade City of Ketchikan 363.0
Homer All-Ages and Abilities Pedestrian Pathway City of Homer 362.7
Inner/Outer Springer Loop Separated Pathway Matanuska Susitna Borough 358.5
Montana Creek Bridge Replacement City and Borough of Juneau 340.0

The Project Evaluation Board (PEB) was held on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 in Anchorage. The final PEB scores can be found in this document. PEB scores are listed in rank order but does not guarantee funding.

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).
December 20, 2023 Statewide Project Evaluation Board (PEB) Meeting
March 1, 2024 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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