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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

Save the Date: TAP Round Opens June 1

New Hampshire communities interested in improving pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure can submit letters of intention for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) between June 1 and July 1, 2016.

This is the first step in a competitive process for more than $5 million in federal funds that will be used to reimburse up to 80 percent of the costs for such projects. Watch your e-mail and the N.H. Department of Transportation (NHDOT) Web site for a more detailed announcement and program details early next week.

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Current Events:

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 N.H. 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.

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

List of TAPAC Members
Notes of TAPAC May 21, 2014 Meeting
Notes of June 18, 2014 Meeting
Notes of June 25, 2014 Meeting


Managing a Federal Aid Project

Pre-Application Information Meeting September 2014


TAP Guidance LOI

TAP Application

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

Site updated May 20, 2016

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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