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
Letters of Interest for New TAP Round Due Between June 1 and July 1, 2016
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) is starting a new competitive selection round for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects under the federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
TAP is currently authorized under the new FAST-ACT (Fixing America's Surface Transportation System Act). Created under MAP-
The TAP program reimburses
communiities up to 80 percent
of the costs for pedestrian and
21 (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. New Hampshire’s annual allocation for TAP is approximately $3.2M ($2.6M Federal). Two years of funding will be awarded in this round. The overall purpose of TAP is to foster non-motorized transportation infrastructure that is safe, in good physical condition, and accessible. To better manage TAP projects the following guidelines have been created by the Department for this round:
- Maximum project limit is $1,000,000 (total dollars) – ($800,000 federal)
- Project will require at least a 20% match provided by the applicant
Note: Projects can exceed the $1,000,000 cap if other funding sources are added to the project. Projects can also request less than the minimum cap as long as other funding sources are added to keep a minimum of $400,000 for the total project cost.
- Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other users of non-motorized forms.
- Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.
- SRTS infrastructure projects eligible under §1404 of SAFETEA–LU (20% match required)
The application process is broken into three distinct and mandatory steps.
- Submission of a Letter of Interest (LOI) Sample Letter and a map Sample Map showing your project location
- Attendance at a mandatory pre-application informational meeting hosted by the Department
- Submission of the TAP application
Step 1 Submission of a LOI and Map
Submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) to the NHDOT, Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance. This letter is mandatory if you want to submit an application for TAP funding under step 3. The letter must: Identify the municipality applying for funding;
Identify the project contact person, mailing address, phone & email;
Provide a brief description of the potential project for which you'll be applying. Give detailed information like State Route number or local street name to identify the location of your project, approximate project limits and give an approximate length. (Maps are required to help locate and define your project.);
Identify possible historic, cultural or natural resources in the project limits. Also include any potential contamination areas like gas stations, landfills or dry cleaners;
Provide information regarding which of the eligible TAP activities you believe applies to your project;
Estimate the total amount of funding necessary to complete the project, as well as your intended match percentage. Eligible costs include design, right-of-way and construction. All project applications require a minimum 20% match, but larger matches are allowed.
These letters and map are completely non-binding. Providing NHDOT with this information enables the department to perform a check for program eligibility, feasibility and geographical distribution. The Department will send copies of the LOI to your governing Regional Planning Commission. This will ensures that all potentially interested parties are placed in the communications loop with NHDOT & your RPC to move forward to Step 2.
The Department encourages Electronic Submissions:
Scan and email a .pdf copy of the LOI and map to [email protected]
Please put (TAP letter of interest) in the subject line.
Mail letters of interest (LOI) to:
TAP Program Manager
Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance
John O. Morton Building
7 Hazen Drive, P.O. Box 483
Concord, NH 03302-0483
Deadline for letters of interest is Friday July 1, 2016 at 4:00pm.
Failure to meet the submission deadline will result of your application not being accepted.
Step 2 Mandatory Pre-Application Workshop
Within 2-4 weeks of the reception deadline for letters of interest, notification of the mandatory TAP informational meeting will be sent to project contacts. Please Note: Someone who will be directly involved in the management of their project must attend one of a series of informational meeting that will be held in locations around the state. Previous LPA certification will not satisfy this eligibility requirement. NHDOT staff will select locations in areas most convenient to the largest number of applicants.
Step 3: Submission of TAP Application
Any municipality that has fulfilled both Step 1 and Step 2 will be eligible to submit an application. Applications will be submitted to NHDOT, Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance. Failure to submit an application by the deadline will result in the application being delayed until the next funding cycle. The Department will send copies of your application to your governing Regional Planning Commission for their evaluation and regional rankings.
TAP project scoring process
TAP Projects will be scored based on criteria and weightings developed by the Department’s Transportation Alternatives Program Advisory Committee (TAPAC).
A separate committee appointed by the Department will use the criteria and weightings developed by the TAPAC to score and rank the applications.
The Department is in the process of updating the TAP application form and scoring criteria. Previous criteria were: Safety; Potential for Success; Socioeconomic Benefits; RPC/MPO Ranking; Multi-Modal Connections; and Project Connectivity.
If your project is selected, you must designate a full-time employee of your organization as the person in responsible charge. This person must have the authority to make financial decisions for your organization. This individual must also be LPA certified by the Department. Our next LPA Certification Training is October 19, 2016. It is one full day, from 8:00 a.m, to 4:30 p,m, and there is no cost.
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 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), has approved 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 will 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
2016 LPA Training
Site updated June 14, 2016