Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Colorado's Animas River Trail | Photo by TrailLink user amberloberjohnson85

Funding History

Distribution of Programmed TE & TA Funds by Category
Cumulative FY 1992 Through FY 2018

Chart Legend

Combined TE/TA Funds by Fiscal Year
— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded

For help with this chart please see the TE Primer.
View all funded projects in Colorado.

State DOT Program Staff

State DOT TA Coordinator
Marissa Gaughan
TAP Program Manager
Colorado Dept. of Transportation
4201 East Arkansas Avenue
Denver, CO 80222
Tel: 303-512-4235

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
William Haas
TE Program Contact
CO Division
12300 West Dakota Avenue
Lakewood, CO 80228
Tel: 720-963-3000
Fax: (720) 963-3001

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: CDOT is divided into five engineering regions throughout the state. Each region has specific guidelines that meet the unique needs for each region and uses a competitive selection process.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit authorities, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, tribal governments, and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
  • Application information: Application can be found online.
  • Application timeline: N/a
  • Application components: Applicant information, project description, Eligibility, Funding, Required attachments, and signature.
  • Selection criteria: Applicant is an eligible entity, application form is completely filled out correctly and is received by the CDOT region prior to application deadline, transportation alternative eligibility, project must demonstration relationship to surface transportation, 20% minimum local match is available, application includes long-term commitment for maintenance, project is open to public, meets federal,state, and local requirements, and fulfills public need.
  • Application tips: All applicants should contact the appropriate CDOT Region TAP contact prior to developing your application. Submit application as early as possible.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: No.
  • Advisory committee members: N/A
  • Project award minimum: $50,000
  • Project award maximum: Varies by region.
  • Typical local match: 20%
  • Matching policies: Local match must be cash or cash equivalent (i.e. design, right of way, and materials). Cash equivalent must be as defined by FHWA and approved by FHWA.
  • Once your project is funded: After a TAP project is approved, it gets incorporated in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The CDOT region and local agency initiate a detailed sequence of events to complete the project.Guidebook is located online.