Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Iowa's Wabash Trace Nature Trail | Photo by Dale Garrison

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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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.
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State DOT Program Staff

State DOT TA Coordinator
Pamella Lee
Transportation Alternatives Program Manager
Iowa DOT
Office of Systems Planning
800 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
Tel: 515-239-1810
Fax: 515-233-7801

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Karla Kudart
TA Program Contact
IA Division
105 6th St
Ames, IA 50010
Tel: 515-233-7324
Fax: 515-233-7499

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: The program is run through a state-level TAP office. The Iowa DOT retained half of the annual Transportation Enhancements apportionment and selected Statewide Transportation Enhancement projects through a competitive process. The other half of the Transportation Enhancements apportionment was distributed to Iowas Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and Regional Planning Affiliations (RPAs) to select projects locally.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public lands agencies, school districts, tribal governments, and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight or transportation or recreational trails.
  • Application information: Application can be found online.
  • Application timeline: October 1st of every year.
  • Application components: Project narrative, a detailed map, sketch plan of project, budget, time schedule, official endorsement from sponsor, letter of support from scenic or historic byway board, and support from the public.
  • Selection criteria: Statewide or multi-regional impact of the project, degree of enhancement of the quality or utility of the system, state or multi-regional tourism benefits, and degree of statewide or multi-regional planning implemented.
  • Application tips: Complete the entire application. Applications will be scored more favorable if the project has a statewide or multi-regional significance.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: N/A
  • Advisory committee members: N/A
  • Project award minimum: None.
  • Project award maximum: $1 million
  • Typical local match: 20%
  • Matching policies: Federal funds cannot be used as matching funds, unless expressly permitted by law. State funds are eligible for use as match. In-kind services or donated services, materials, or real property donated by a third party may also be counted as match under certain circumstances and with Iowa DOT approval.
  • Once your project is funded: The majority of TAP funding projects will be distributed from MPOs and RPAs. Guidance book is located online.