Transportation Alternatives (TA)

Transportation Alternatives: A New Era of Mobility

bike and pedestrian trail with park bench and bridge


The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under Section 1122 of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). On December 2015, the President signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST Act) into law. Therefore, TAP will now be referred to has Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside. TA provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways. Under the language of the FAST Act, TA funds shall be split into one statewide pool to be administered by a state's department of transportation, and into urbanized-area pools to be administered by the corresponding metropolitan planning organizations.

TA Competitions

Local governments, transit agencies, regional transportation authorities, school districts, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations (designated as a transit agency, school, or entity responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs) in the Memphis MPO's Planning Area have the opportunity to apply for TA funding. Please note that for Tennessee jurisdictions there are actually two TAP competitions that occur -- a local, MPO-administered competition and a statewide, Tennessee Department of Transportation-administered competition. The available pools of funding for the Tennessee competitions are separate, as are the application processes.

Mississippi jurisdictions may only apply to the local, MPO-administered competition (Mississippi's statewide competition is open only to jurisdictions beyond an MPO's Planning Area boundary).

The following table provides a brief comparison of the competitions:


  Memphis MPO TA TDOT TA
Eligible Applicants All local governments, transit agencies, school districts of the Memphis MPO (TN & MS); non-profit organizations (in coordination with local governments) All local governments and transit agencies in the State of Tennessee; non-profit organizations (in coordination with local governments)
Application Cycle

Tennessee: October 31,2016 - November 30, 2016

Mississippi: February 6, 2017 - February 24, 2017 

July 1 - October 3, each year
Current Status

TA Call for Applications for FY 2016 & 2017 Funding is Closed

Closed (FY 2017), Open (FY 2018)
Available Funds

TN Jurisdictions: ~ $2,397,508 (CLOSED - Nov 2016) 

MS Jurisdictions: ~ $479,213 (CLOSED - Feb 2017)

Applications submitted to: Memphis MPO TDOT
Award recipients selected by: Memphis MPO TDOT
Application Deadline Closed October 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM

FY 2018 Call for Applications  - Coming Fall 2017

FYs 2016 & 2017 Memphis MPO Transportation Alternatives

The Memphis MPO is pleased to announce the FY 2016-17 Transportation Alternatives (TA) competitive grants. TA is a Federal grant program authorized by FAST legislation that provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. Eligible projects are those that improve or expand physical infrastructure to accommodate or improve access to non-motorized modes of transportation including, but not limited to:

  • Sidewalks,
  • Bicycle Lanes and Shared Lanes,
  • Transit Stop Amenities (i.e. shelters, benches, information signage, etc.),
  • Bicyclist and Pedestrian Amenities (i.e. bike racks and storage, bike repair stations, wayfinding signage, benches, etc.),
  • ADA Transition Plans
  • Pedestrian Crossings, and Intersection Upgrades, and
  • Greenways/Shared-Use Paths/Trails.

The application period closed on November 30, 2016 for Tennessee and on February 24, 2017 for Mississippi. More information will be coming soon for the 2018 Fall Call for Applications. 



This year's competition opened on October 31 , 2016 and will close at 3:00 PM on October 3, 2017.

Please visit TDOT's website for more information and the application documents.


Memphis MPO TAP Award Recipients

FY 2016-17 Transportation Alternatives Projects 

The Memphis MPO had over 2.3 million avaliable in TA funds. The awarded projects below represent the federal amount and not the total project cost. 

Bartlett, TN: Bartlett ADA Transition Plan - Inventory existing ADA approved facilities and needed improvements throughout the city, including all public buildings and rights-of-way. ($120,000) 

Lakeland, TN:  Canada Road Pedestrian and Bike Trails Improvements - Install several safety and aesthetic elements including enhanced crosswalks at two major intersections, trail signage, bollards, and benches. ($380,280) 

Memphis, TN: Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) - Crosstown Corridor Superstop Enhancements- Provide new shelters, signage, increased sidewalk space, improved crosswalks, and new curb ramps at Superstops along the middle of Route 42 Crosstown's path. ($400,000) 

Memphis, TN: Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) - Bicycle Access to Transit Project - Install secure bike storage facilities along existing MATA transit routes and select transit facilities (400-500 storage units consisting of a mix of racks, corrals and lockers). ($120,000) 

Memphis, TN: Christian Brothers University Pedestrian Access Improvements - Provide enhancements to provide safer crossings for pedestrian main pedestrian access points for Christian Brothers University campus.  ($600,000) 

Memphis, TN: Kirby Parkway and Timber Trail Crossing Update - Intersection improvement project will upgrade the existing unsignalized crossing in front of Kirby High School. ($176,000)

Memphis, TN: Mullins Station Road Pedestrian Improvements - Sidewalk construction and infill project along Mullins Station Road.  Projects includes new sidewalks, crosswalks and street markings, and curb ramps. ($85,280) 

Memphis, TN: Shelby Farms Greenline Crossing Enhancements - Install Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFBs) at each un-signalized crossing along the Shelby Farms Greenline within the City of Memphis (total of 9 intersections). ($340,200) 

Rossville, TN: Town of Rossville Greenbelt - Will connect residents south of Highway 57 with the downtown retail area and City Park walking trail. ($175,748)


FY 2015

For Fiscal Year 2015, the Memphis MPO had over $1.3 million available in TAP funds. The dollar amounts provided below represent the awarded Federal funds, not the total project cost; jurisdictions must also provide a 20% local match in order to receive the funds.


Hernando, MS: Hernando Square Pedestrian Improvements - Install upgraded pedestrian crossings and signals around the historic town square and retrofit sidewalks for ADA compliance. ($136,000)

Memphis, TN: Macon Road Sidewalk Improvements - Install new sidewalks and curb ramps, enhance the crosswalk markings, and improve the design of the intersection with Mullins Station Road in order to slow down automobile traffic and create a safer environment for all users. ($646,000)

Memphis, TN: Westmont Street Sidewalk Improvements - Install new sidewalks, curb ramps, standard and high-visibility crosswalks, and signage. ($268,000)

Memphis, TN: Chiswood Street Pedestrian Safety - Reconstruct the sidewalk for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; install new curb ramps, curb extensions, raised crosswalks, high-visibility crosswalks, and signange. ($260,992)


FY 2013 - FY 2014

During the Memphis MPO's first round of TAP, planners combined two fiscal years' amount of funding into one pot, in order to award larger amounts and thereby fund larger projects than may have been possible had the fiscal years' funding remained separated.

Proposals were funded in both Tennessee and Mississippi areas of the Memphis MPO region, creating connections to schools, parks, employment centers, public transit and other community destinations. The MPO was able to award monies toward active transportation projects in every jurisdiction that submitted a proposal even though $4.1 million in requests were received from member jurisdictions for the $2.6 million in available funds,


Collierville, TN: Collierville Center Connect Phase 2 - Improvements along Center Street from Starlight Drive to Keough Road including bike lanes, sidewalks, signage, lighting, crosswalks, landscape improvements, benches and bike racks. ($880,000)

DeSoto County, MS: Community Intersection Improvements - Provide landscaping and aesthetic improvements at highway interchanges and at the Mississippi Welcome Center in Desoto County. ($96,668)

DeSoto County, MS: Delta View Bike Trail and Park Overlook – Improvements include signed bicycle route along Delta View Road and construction of park overlook. ($40,000)

DeSoto County, MS: Hernando DeSoto River Park Overlook – Construction of a scenic overlook with interpretive signage at Hernando DeSoto River Park. ($36,000)

DeSoto County, MS: Nesbit Fire Station Trail and Connector –  Improvements include signed bicycle route along McIngvale Rd. and Pleasant Hill Rd. ($24,000)

Germantown, TN: Germantown Greenline Trail Extension – Extension of the Germantown Greenway Trail from its current terminus at Neshoba Park to Cameron Brown Park. ($271,304)

Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA): Bus Bike Rack Replacement Project – Replacement of bike racks mounted to the front of fixed service vehicles. ($36,000)

Memphis, TN: Ball Road Sidewalks - Repair, replacement, and new construction of sidewalks, ADA ramps, curb, and gutter along Ball Road/Ketchum Road between Perry Road and Airways Boulevard and Manchester Road between Ball Road and E Alcy Road. ($250,000)

Memphis, TN: Central Library Pedestrian Access - This project includes the installation of a high visibility mid-block crossing linking the transit stop on the south side of Poplar Avenue with the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to the north. ($75,000)

Memphis, TN: Dunbar Elementary School Safety Project - Improve conditions for pedestrian travel in the vicinity of Dunbar Elementary School including sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, and signs. ($100,000)

Memphis, TN: Hanley Elementary School Safety Project - Improve conditions for pedestrian travel in the vicinity of Hanley Elementary School including sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, and signs. ($120,000)

Memphis, TN: Mississippi Blvd. Signalized Pedestrian Crossings - Installation of bulbouts, curb ramps, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals and countdown timers at the intersections of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker, McLemore, and South Parkway. ($130,000)

Memphis, TN: Range Line Road Sidewalks - Construction of sidewalk, curb, and gutter, along sections of the west side of Range Line Road between St Elmo Avenue and Wellons. ($179,000)

Memphis, TN: Wolf River Greenway Phase 5 – Construction of a two-way cycle track to connect terminus of planned WRG Phase 4 at Nedra Ave. to existing bicycle facilities at Chelsea and McLean. ($271,305)

Southaven, MS: Carriage Hills Subdivision Bike/Ped Improvements – Construction of sidewalks and bicycle lanes in Carriage Hills Subdivision north of Rasco Rd. ($150,000)

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