Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

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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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Christy Davis
TE Program Coordinator
Office of Planning & Programming
Department of Transportation
2300 S Dirksen Parkway
Room 307 Harry Hanley Bldg.
Springfield, IL 62764
Tel: 217-785-1761
Fax: 217-785-8140

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Greg Piland
TE Program Contact
IL Division
3250 Executive Park Drive
Springfield, IL 62703
Tel: 217-492-4645
Fax: 217-492-4345

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: The program is run through a state-level office and regional MPOs when appropriate. The state uses a competitive selection process, and funds are distributed directly by the state ITEP office.
  • Who is eligible to apply: The eligible entities to receive TAP funds are: local governments; regional transportation authorities; transit agencies; natural resource or public land agencies; school districts, local education agencies, or schools; tribal governments; and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
  • Application information: The Online application can be viewed online once an account is created. If you have submitted an application for TAP funding through your local MPO, you may also submit an application for the same or a different project through IDOTs ITEP program. If you are approved for TAP funds through another source, those funds cannot be used to offset any required local match. You are required to report any TAP funds you have received from any source as soon as possible. Your funding amount may have to be adjusted if you received TAP funds from two different sources.
  • Application timeline: The last round of applications was due August 20, 2013. The next application cycle is yet to be determined.
  • Application components: Project narrative, detailed cost estimate is required. Submitting as much documentation is suggested.
  • Selection criteria: Project review criteria:  Eligibility  Strength of transportation relationship  Local commitment/Public support  Project readiness  Inclusion in a local, state or regional plan  Accessibility to the public  Connectivity to existing facilities  Anticipated benefits  Cost effectiveness  Past performance of Project Sponsor.
  • Application tips: ITEP is only accepting projects in the following categories: 1. Provision of on-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicycles and other non-motorized forms of transportation. 2. Landscaping and other scenic beautification as a part of the construction of a Federal-Aid highway project under (23 USC 319 (a)) or in conjunction with a TAP funded project (see Appendix 9 for more information). Note: Landscape/streetscape projects are no longer eligible as a stand-alone project. 3. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users. 4. Community improvement activities including: A) Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities. B) Vegetation management C) Archaeological activities 5. Any environmental mitigation activities, relating to pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to: A) Address storm water management B) Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats. 6. Construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas. Planning, design or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other Divided Highways: This is a new category under MAP-21 and little guidance has been provided regarding restrictions for this category. Until additional Federal guidance is available, IDOT will not use this category in the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes - Following the initial review of project applications, IDOTs Bureau of Statewide Program Planning in the Office of Planning and Programming will assemble the list of projects from all categories and projects that have received a sufficient rating and will forward to the Selection Committee for their review. Project recommendations from the Selection Committee will be evaluated to determine appropriate funding amounts based on available funding and ability to partial-fund any of the projects. The recommended project list will next be forwarded to the Secretary of Transportation for review and approval. All project sponsors will receive notification by letter as to whether or not their project receives enhancement funding.
  • Advisory committee members: Selection Committee is comprised of several IDOT officials including representatives from the Office of Planning and Programming and Division of Highways.
  • Project award minimum: None.
  • Project award maximum: None, but projects exceeding $2 million are encouraged to look at project phasing.
  • Typical local match: 20%
  • Matching policies: Many options are available for the local project sponsors and they are encouraged to seek funds from other sources. Local agencies can apply to the Local Agency Federal Flexible Match Program, which provides credits to be used as part of the local match.
  • Once your project is funded: The regional TE coordinators provide implementation guidance and technical assistance. Written guidelines for project implementation are available online at A sunset clause is enforced on all TE projects, which sets requirements for project implementation and completion. Project sponsors may be required to submit progress reports.