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Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established by Congress in 2012 under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and is funded through a set aside of the Federal Aid Highway Program. TAP provides federal funds for community based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal system. TAP projects must relate to surface transportation.

This program is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).

All applications for TAP are to be submitted online through SAGE (System for Administering Grants Electronically).

A committee is charged with applying the selection criteria and preparing the recommended list of projects for approval by the Commissioner of Transportation. Solicitation packages are sent to every municipality and county inviting them to submit an application. Nonprofit organizations will not be directly eligible to apply for this solicitation. However, nonprofit organizations may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.

For this solicitation, eligible projects must fall into one of the following seven categories:

  • Provision of facilities for pedestrians and bicycles.

  • Scenic or historic highway programs including the provision of tourist and welcome center facilities as well as scenic turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas.

  • Landscaping and other scenic beautification.

  • Historic preservation.

  • Rehabilitation of historic transportation buildings, structures and facilities (including historic railroad facilities and canals).

  • Preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use for pedestrian and bicycle trails).

  • Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity.




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  Last Updated:  March 15, 2016