Welcome to the Transportation Alternatives Program! Find out more about this community-driven program that facilitates the development of non-traditional transportation projects with the goal of providing choices for non-motorized users that are safe, reliable and convenient.
The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law on December 4, 2015. It is the first long term transportation bill passed since SAFETEA-LU and will run through Fiscal Year 2020. The FAST Act eliminates the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaces it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG) funding for transportation alternatives. These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP, encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as:
- Pedestrian and bicycle facilities
- Recreational trails
- Safe routes to school projects
Community improvements such as:
- Historic preservation and vegetation management
- Environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.
The FAST Act sets aside an average of $844 million per year for TA. Unless a State opts out, it must use a specified portion of its TA funds for recreational trails projects. Similar to MAP-21, after the set-aside for the Recreational Trails Program, the FAST Act requires FHWA to distribute 50 percent of TA funds to areas based on population (sub-allocated), with the remainder available for use anywhere in the State. The sub-allocated area in Delaware is the Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO).
How TAP Program Works
Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) supports and administers the TAP for all Delaware Projects. All potential TAP projects require a sponsor to be responsible for 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. Funds sub-allocated to WILMAPCO for TAP projects are received and reviewed for prioritization by WILMAPCO. The approved list of projects is sent to DelDOT for project administration.
Project Sponsors may include:
- Local Governments
- Regional Transportation Authorities
- Natural Resource or public land agencies
- School Districts and local education agencies
- 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 Qualifying TAP Categories listed in the federal legislation.