As part of the Federal Highway Administration Surface Transportation Program, the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a reimbursable federal aid funding program for transportation related community projects designed to strengthen the intermodal transportation system.
It provides funding for projects that enhance the cultural, aesthetic, historic, and environmental aspects of the intermodal transportation system. The program can assist in funding projects that create bicycle and pedestrian facilities, restore historic transportation buildings, convert abandoned railway corridors to pedestrian trails, mitigate highway runoff, and other transportation related enhancements.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) supports and administers the TAP for all Maryland projects as a service to its customers. Under MAP-21 50% of funds apportioned to Maryland’s Transportation Alternatives Program will be sub-allocated to three Maryland Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) will be responsible for review and approval of projects within their urbanized area. Click here to see if your project is within one of these MPO’s.
SHA will continue to encourage and promote the development of TAP projects for the 50% of the state apportioned funds that may be obligated to any area in the state, as well as provides some project support services. The project sponsor is responsible for the design, management, construction, implementation and permit requests for TAP projects. All potential TAP projects require a sponsor to be responsible for a minimum of 20% of the project costs. The project sponsor also assumes the maintenance and legal liability for the duration of the project’s useful life. Any project sponsored by a non-government agency, organization or individual must have a government agency as a co-sponsor.
Project sponsors may include:
- Local Governments
- Regional transportation authorities
- Transit agencies
- Natural Resource or public land agencies
- School districts and local education agencies
- Tribal governments
- Other local and governmental entity with oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
All TAP projects must have a relationship to surface transportation and meet the criteria for one of the 9 Qualifying TAP Categories listed in the federal legislation. TAP manual (PDF, 12mb)
For guidance about remaining Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) projects please click here (PDF, 2MB) to refer to the manual. .
Project sponsors should first establish if the proposed project is eligible for TAP funding by determining its qualifying category and relationship to surface transportation. If you are not a government agency be sure to secure a government agency co-sponsor for the project. Currently in Maryland, TAP funding can be requested for up to 80% of a project’s total estimated cost. Since TAP only reimburses for paid costs up to these limits, a project sponsor should ensure other sources of non- federal transportation funding is available for a minimum of 20% of the project costs. Once this information has been considered, the project sponsor should prepare and submit a TAP application. ALL applications should be submitted to SHA. Projects that provide more than the minimum 20% cash match will be considered stronger and more qualified applicants during the selection process.
Download a copy of the State TAP application here. (PDF, 1.1 MB)
Download a copy of the BRTB TAP application here. (PDF, 1.2 MB)
Download a copy of the WILMAPCO TAP application here. (PDF, 1.6 MB)
Download a copy of the Safe Routes to School Application here. (PDF, 901 kb)
Please see additional resources below or contact us at:
Transportation Alternatives Program
Maryland State Highway Administration
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
707 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Questions for Baltimore Metropolitan Council BMC - Contact Regina Aris (410) 732-0500 x. 1046 /RAris@baltometro.org
Questions for Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments MWCOG – John Swanson 202-962-3295 / email@example.com
Questions for Wilmington Area Planning Council WILMAPCO – Contact Heather Dunigan (302) 737-6205 ex 118 / firstname.lastname@example.org