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Division of Planning
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Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for 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; and safe routes to school projects.

For questions on the Transportation Alternatives Program you may email Shyna Gawell at: shyna.gawell@dot.state.oh.us.

 

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funds for projects that advance non-motorized transportation. 
Project types include:
 
Bicycle/Pedestrian: Projects may include multi-use paths, bike lanes, new sidewalks and sidewalk gap closures.
Community Improvement Activites: Archaeological planning and research; Construction of overlooks and viewing areas; Preservation of historic transportation facilities; and Vegetation management.
Environmental Mitigation Activity: Including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation.
Safe Routes for Non-Drivers: The construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers.
Recreational Trails: Includes projects that will provide and maintain recreational trails for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail use.

​Eligible project sponsors -- Local governmental entities, Regional Transportation Authorities, Transit Agencies, and Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies -- are eligible to apply for funding. 

Eligible projects are outside the boundaries of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), unless the local is within a small MPO (population less than 200,000) that has joined the statewide program. Currently, the eligible MPO regions are the counties of Allen, Belmont, Licking, and Washington.
 
The Transportation Alternatives Guidance highlights program information and outlines the eligiblity criteria.  
 

 

This Federal-aid reimbursement program provides up to 80% of eligible costs for construction only. Applicants must commit to a 20% cash match for construction, which must be currently available and readily accessible.

Each annual solicitation for new projects will consist of a two-step application process, beginning with the Letter of Interest (LOI).  The LOI will serve to provide information on the applicant, the project, and criteria to determine project eligibility. The second step is the application, eligible sponsors with eligible projects that provide a LOI will be invited to submit an online application.

Generally, TAP solicitatation Letters of Interest are due on Feburary 1st. Eligible LOIs will be notified of the application process and will be required to complete an online application by May 1st. Awards are announced in August.

Award History: 

2014 TAP AWARDS.pdf2014 TAP AWARDS.pdf

2013 TAP AWARDS.pdf2013 TAP AWARDS.pdf