Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Maryland's Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail | Photo by TrailLink user jmcginnis12

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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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 Bernal
Assistant Transportation Alternatives Program Coordinator
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
Maryland State Highway Administration
Mail Stop C-502
707 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21203-0717
Tel: 410-545-8042
Fax: 410-209-5014

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Eric Savage
Realty Specialist
DelMar Division
10 South Howard St
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: 410-779-7155
Fax: 410-962-4054

Jeanette Mar
FHWA Division TE Coordinator
Delmar Division
10 South Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: 410-779-7152

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TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

TA program structure: Under MAP-21 50% of funds apportioned to Marylands Transportation Alternatives Program will be sub-allocated to three Maryland Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO). The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) and Wilmington Area Planning Council (WILMAPCO) will be responsible for review and approval of projects within their urbanized area. The State Highway Administration promotes the development of TAP projects for the 50% of the state apportioned funds that may be obligated to any area in the state, selects the projects competitively, and provides some project support services.

Who is eligible to apply: Local Governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural Resource or public land agencies, school districts and local education agencies, tribal governments, and other local and governmental entity with oversight of transportation or recreational trails.

Application information: The application form is available online.

Application timeline: SHA will be accepting applications for FY 13 & FY 14 under the MAP -21 legislation as of March 1st to May 15th.

Application components: Applicant info, eligibility, project description, funding (with match source), project location map, project design status, right-of-way and access information, project schedule, line-item costs, project support from groups/officials, additional letters of support and documentation.

Selection criteria: All TAP projects must have a relationship to surface transportation and meet the criteria for one of the 9 Qualifying TAP Categories listed in the federal legislation. Projects must also: Benefit all potential users and allow free use by a broad segment of the public; Maintain a reasonable duration of the intended public use, as determined by SHA; Be located on publicly owned right-of-way or on right-of-way encumbered with a permanent easement held by a state agency or the government agency sponsoring or co-sponsoring the project; and Comply with ADA, NEPA, and all other applicable state and federal regulations (e.g., pedestrian and bicycle facilities must meet state and federal standards for width, grade, signing, and materials).

Application tips: The TAP program funds planning, design, and construction of approved TA activities. The program will not fund more than 80 percent of its reimbursable costs. At least 30% of project plans must be completed at the time of submission to be considered. Projects that provide more than the minimum 20% cash match will be considered stronger and more qualified applicants during the section process.

Is there an advisory committee?: Yes

Advisory committee members: SHA staff, MPO staff and associated Advisory Committees evaluate applications based on the eligibility and merits of individual projects.

Project award minimum: None.

Project award maximum: None.

Typical local match: 20%

Matching policies: Does not accept in-kind match for the 20%. Must be a cash match.

Once your project is funded: The TA Office provides implementation training and technical assistance to project sponsors. A mandatory kick-off meeting is held for each project, and comprehensive written guidelines are available online.