The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established by Congress in 2012 under MAP-21 and FAST Act
in 2015, and is funded through a set-aside of the Federal-aid Highway Program. TAP provides federal funds
for community based "non-traditional" projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and
environmental aspects of the nation's intermodal system. TAP projects must relate to surface
This program is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in
partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley
Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
All applications for TAP are to be submitted online through SAGE (System for
Administering Grants Electronically).
A committee is charged with applying the selection criteria and preparing the recommended list of projects
for approval by the Commissioner of Transportation. Solicitation packages are sent to every municipality
and county inviting them to submit an application. Nonprofit organizations will not be directly eligible to
apply for this solicitation. However, nonprofit organizations may partner with a local public agency that
will assume responsibility and administration for the grant.
For this solicitation, eligible projects must fall into one of the following seven categories:
- Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists,
and other non-motorized forms of transportation
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, and
other non-motorized transportation users.
- Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
- Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities both land and water
such as building structures and canals.
- Community improvement activities, specifically: streetscaping and corridor landscaping.
- Environmental mitigation to address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention
or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.
- Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial
or aquatic habitats.
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