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multi-use path, sidewalk, pedestrial crossingWelcome 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.

Thomas Jameson, PE, Program Manager
Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance
(603) 271-3344 or -3462
[email protected]

Moving Toward a Balanced Transportation System:

Deadline for TAP Applications is September 2, 2016, at 4 p.m.

Communities that have submitted letters of intent and sent representatives to pre-applicaiton workshops are now eligible to file applications for Transportaiton Alternatives Program (TAP) funding. Applications in electronic form must be received at the New Hampshire Department of Transportatino (NHDOT) by Friday, September 2, 2016, at 4 p.m.

NHDOT has received letters of intent from 56 potential sponsors of pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects supported with federal funds under theTransportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

Brookline finishing touches.

The Transportation Alternatives
Program (TAP) reimburses
local communities for up to
80 percent of the costs for
pedestrian and bicycling projects.

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.

Submission of the letters of intent was Step 1 in the process.

Map of communities that have submited letters.

TAP application form

TAP application guidance

Step 2 Mandatory Pre-Application Workshops in Lincoln and Concord

Two workshops have been held, on July 28 in Lincoln and August 10 in Concord.

TAP mandatory meeting details

PowerPoint presentation for pre-aplication workshops

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 must be submitted to NHDOT, Bureau of Planning & Community Assistance. Applications must be filed by the deadline to be conidered in this round; potential sponosors that miss the deadline will have to wait 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
[email protected]


John Corrigan
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Bureau of Planning and Community Assitance
Phone: 271-1980
[email protected]

Round 2 Call for Projects

transportation alternatives program logo

Current Events:

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.

NHDOT press release on awards.

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
  • Safety
  • Socioeconomic Benefits
  • Project Connectivity
  • RPC/MPO Ranking
  • Multi-Modal Connection

2016 TAP Members

List of TAPAC Members

Program Presentation Slides

Managing a Federal Aid Project

2016 LPA Training

LPA training registration form for Local Public Agency (LPA) certification training
LPA training details

Site updated August 11, 2016


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PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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