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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. The TAP replaced the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including the Transportation Enhancement Activities, Recreational Trails Program, Safe Routes to School Program. Map-21 apportioned funding distributions to MPOs with greater than 200,000 urbanized area populations, and apportioned funding to rural, urban and a statewide program.

The FAST ACT eliminated the “Flexibility of Excess Reserved Funding” provision which allowed excess TAP funds for any TAP-eligible activity or for projects eligible under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ).


2016 Awarded Projects
Corrected 7/27/16
Rural 5000 or less $3,731,000
Adams Ave Sidewalks, City of Cordova $412,851
Craig Community Sidewalk, Phase I $464,144
Third Ave Sidewalk, Kotzebue NWAB $802,200
New Street Lights-Safe Routes, City of Russian Mission $7,480
Freeman Drive Sidewalk, City of Thorne Bay $334,250
Dock to Port Trail, Thorne Bay $131,600
Urban 5000 to 200000 $2,083,000*
Sitka Sea Walk, Phase II $1,360,000
West Glacier Enhancements, TNF $293,706
YK-city Sub Trail, City of Bethel $339,999
ADA Compliance Sidewalk, City of Palmer $93,240
Soundview Pedestrian Access SRTS, City of Homer $520,125
Statewide $9,892,000
Fish Creek Trail Extension, Municipality of Anchorage $860,000
Seward Hwy MP75-90 Multi Modal Safety Pathway, CNF $7,141,929
10th Ave Bike Blvd Traffic Calming, MOA $536,550
Yukon Drive Sidewalks, UAF $654,316

*The “statewide” funds are available for projects in any area within the State, including large urbanized areas, small urban areas, and rural areas  These statewide funds will also be used to supplement the selected urban and rural area projects that are short of area-based funding available.


Available Funding

MAP-21 and the FAST ACT require the State to have a competitive process to allow eligible entities to submit projects for funding. The “any area” funds are available for projects in any area within the State, including large urbanized areas, small urban areas, and rural areas.

Funding amounts available are defined by population.

Areas with a population of 5,000 or under are considered Rural.

Areas with a population of 5,000 to 200,000 are considered Urban.

Not subject to Area population are considered Statewide.

Areas with a population of 200,000 or more are considered Metropolitan (Metropolitan Planning Organization, MPO). The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS) is allocated their own TAP program funds. These funds are not part of the Statewide Program and therefore are not listed here.



Funds Available (in thousands)

Rural (5,000 or less)


Urban (5,000 to 200,000)


Statewide (any area)