Welcome to the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The goal of the federally-funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is to provide choices for non-motorized users that are safe, reliable, and convenient.
TAP was created under a federal law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) to consolidate many stand-alone programs into a single, more flexible program. Programs replaced by TAP are Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, Transportation Enhancement, and Scenic and Cultural Byways. The Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Department of Resource and Economic Development.
Moving Toward a Balanced Transportation System:
TAP Awards to Benefit 12 Communities, and UNH, With $7.2 Million in Federal Funds for Bicycle and Pedestrian Intrastructure
Federal funds will assist 12 New Hampshire communities as well as the University New Hampshire with bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure projects. The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) has announced $7.2 million in funding under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for the 2016 grant round.
Cities and towns interested in building new infrastructure for non-motorized transportation submitted applications requesting $26 million. NHDOT received formal applications from 45 cities and towns and UNH, for 47 projects. (One town submitted an application for two projects.) Under TAP, communities are reimbursed up to 80 percent of the costs of their projects. Summary of Competitive Award Process
TAP is currently authorized under the new FAST-ACT (Fixing America's Surface Transportation System Act). Created under MAP21 (Moving for Progress in the 21st Century), TAP combines a number of individual federal programs into a single, more flexible program. The formerly separate programs include Transportation Enhancement (TE), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and Scenic Byways.
The Transportation Alternatives
Program (TAP) reimburses
local communities for up to
80 percent of the costs for
pedestrian and bicycling projects.
Potential sponsors thinking about furure rounds can gain some guidance from the 2016 process:
Mandatory Pre-Application Workshops in Lincoln and Concord
Two workshops were held in 2016, on July 28 in Lincoln and August 10 in Concord.
TAP mandatory meeting details
Submission of TAP Application
Municipalies that had fulfilled both Step 1-Letter of Interest and Step 2-Mandatory Workshop were eligible to submit an application.
TAP project scoring process
TAP Projects were scored based on criteria and weightings developed by the Department’s Transportation Alternatives Program Advisory Committee (TAPAC).
A separate committee appointed by the Department used the criteria and weightings developed by the TAPAC to score and rank the applications.
Training for LPA "Person in Responsible Charge"
Selected communities must designate a full-time employee as the person in responsible charge. This person must have the authority to make financial decisions the sponsoring organization. This individual must also be LPA certified by the Department. The dates for our next LPA Certification Trainings are April 20 and October 19, 2017. It is one full day, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and there is no cost.
LPA training details
If you have any questions on the TAP application process please feel free to call or email either:
Thomas Jameson, P.E.
TAP Program Manager
NH Department of Transportation
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Bureau of Planning and Community Assitance
NHDOT Announces Round 1 Awards to 12 Communities
A dozen New Hampshire communities have an opportunity to improve their pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure through the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
David J. Brillhart, acting commissioner of the NH Department of Transportation (NHDOT), approved, in February 2015, nearly $5.4 million for the federal share of local projects anticipated to cost a total of nearly $7.3 million.
Nashua had the top-ranked project in the competitive process. The city plans to place a multi-use bridge over the Nashua Canal to connect the Heritage Rail Trail to trails in the Mine Falls recreation area. It will also provide access to the Tree Streets neighborhood.
The town of Salem plans to build a multi-use path along the M&L rail corridor, a section of the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor. Long-term plans call for the creation of the so-called Salem-Concord Bikeway and Granite State Rail Trail.
To the north, the town of Colebrook plans to use its award to support its “complete streets” Main Street Project. Plans call new sidewalks, a bicycle path/lane, and other amenities to improve walking and bicycling in the downtown area.
Full list of applications, showing ranking, project descriptions, amounts awarded, and amount of local share.
First Competitive Selection Round
A total of 42 applications were initially submitted and reviewed by the appropriate Regional Planning Commission (RPC). The RPC's scored and ranked their projects, then submitted the rankings to NHDOT to be used as part of the overall scoring.
The Department created the Transportation Alternative Program Advisory Committee (TAPAC) to assist with selecting TAP projects. The selection committee used Decision Lens software to create and weigh criteria used in the selection process.
Transportation Alternative Program (TAP)
The NH Department of Transportation has developed the guidelines and procedures for TAP funding for local projects. The Department created the Transportation Alternative Program Advisory Committee (TAPAC) to assist the Department with scoring potential TAP applications. The criteria developed are as follows:
- Potential for success
- Socioeconomic Benefits
- Project Connectivity
- RPC/MPO Ranking
- Multi-Modal Connection
2016 TAP Members
Program Presentation Slides
Site updated February 20, 2017