Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Louisiana's Tammany Trace | Photo by TrailLink user hickok23, Pit Vins Photography

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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Brian D. Nunes
Transportation Alternatives Program Manager
Louisiana Dept. of Transportation
PO Box 94245
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245
Tel: 225-379-1585
Email: brian.nunes@la.gov

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Brandon Buckner
TE Program Contact
LA Division
5304 Flanders Drive Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Tel: 225-757-7622
Fax: 225-757-7601
Email: brandon.buckner@dot.gov

State DOT Website: http://wwwsp.dotd.la.gov/Inside_LaDOTD/Divisions/Engineering/Project_Management/TAP/Pages/default.aspx

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: The program is run through a state level TAP office. The State uses a competitive selection process. TAP funds are distributed by the state TAP office with a portion of the funds dedicated to the TMA areas (Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans, and Shreveport).
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local Governments, Regional Transportation Authorities, Transit Agencies, Natural Resources or Public Land Agencies, School Districts, Tribal Government, transportation or recreational trail government entity, and Nonprofit organizations related to eligible activities.
  • Application information: The application can be found online.
  • Application timeline: The DOTDTAP selection cycle is set on a bi-annual cycle; applications will be accepted in even number years.
  • Application components: Program checkbox, sponsor information, consultant information, project narrative, detailed project description, maps/plans/photographs, project benefits, implementation, project cost, federal cost request, and certification.
  • Selection criteria: Project must improve quality of life, quality of transportation systems, and/or quality of the environment; shows rarity, uniqueness, or significance compared to existing resources of its type; degree of confidence about cost estimate; reasonableness of delivery schedule, amount of risk of lengthy environmental studies and permits or public controversy about the project; shows relative total benefit compared to its cost; demonstrates urgency or risk of lost opportunity; is multi-modal and/or demonstrates connectivity; provides extra matching funds or services; shows value in spreading general public awareness; and indicates sustainability and/or long-term worth.
  • Application tips: The project must have a direct relationship to surface transportation. Get local support, be able to identify ownership of property, and make sure the sponsor is a public agency.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: yes.
  • Advisory committee members: Composed of members from LADOTD Transportation Alternatives Program Unit, the Landscape Unit in Maintenance, LADOTD Environmental Section, LADOTD Compliance Programs Section, LADOTD Planning Section, FHWA, and the LPA Director.
  • Project award minimum: None.
  • Project award maximum: None.
  • Typical local match: 20%
  • Matching policies: The applicant is required to provide a minimum of 20 percent of the construction costs, and all costs associated with the engineering plans, environmental studies and documentation, right-of-way plans, right-of-way acquisition, and environmental remediation. The local match must be in cash.
  • Once your project is funded: Projects must be completed within three years. Complete the implementation strategy ( design, environmental documentation, and right-of-way).