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Transportation Alternatives (TA)

Transportation Alternatives: A New Era of Mobility

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The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under Section 1122 of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st (MAP-21) Century Act. On December 2015, the President signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law. Therefore, TAP is now referred to as the 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

Transportation Alternatives (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 two TAP competitions that occur -- a local, MPO-administered competition (Mississippi and Tennessee) 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.

Memphis MPO Transportation Alternatives (TA) Competition

Proposals are funded in both the Tennessee and Mississippi portions of the Memphis MPO region; creating connections to schools, parks, employment centers, public transit and other community destinations.

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:

TDOT/MDOT Transportation Alternatives (TA) Competitions

Eligible agencies may submit an application to each state’s (TDOT/MDOT) competitive program. Both TDOT and MDOT, along with MPO staff, will work with all successful applicants to ensure that all federal and state requirements are met and projects are completed.

There is currently not a Call for Projects open, please visit the individual Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program webpages for TDOT and MDOT for more information;

FY 2020 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Call for Projects

The Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has announced a call for projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Transportation Alternatives (TA) funds. The Call for Projects begins Monday, December 9, 2019 and ends on Friday, January 17, 2019 at 4:30PM. 

The current funding for FY2020 available to eligible project sponsors in the Memphis MPO Planning Area is:
• Tennessee: $1,222,358
• Mississippi: $208,516

After the application period for Tennessee and Mississippi jurisdictions closes Memphis MPO staff work with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) to review the applications and select projects. For more information regarding the Call for Projects and the application process, please contact



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