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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Patrick Adams
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager
Maine Dept. of Transportation
Office of Multimodal Statewide Planning
16 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0016
Tel: 207-624-3311

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Jeff McEwen
TE Program Contact
ME Division
40 Western Avenue
Augusta, ME 04330
Tel: 207-622-8350 x102
Fax: 207-626-9133

State DOT Website:

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 and funds are distributed directly by the state TAP Office. The state also runs the Portland MPO TAP process (see below). They are transitioning to a revolving application process (apply any time) but the last round was done with a clear call for proposals and application deadline window.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Municipality, County, MPO, State agency, or Quasi-governmental agency.
  • Application information: The application can be found online.
  • Application timeline: June 30th of any given year.
  • Application components: Application form, diagrams of the location, narrative, project budget, detailed description of infrastructure project cost.
  • Selection criteria: Rather than using the previous points-based system, the selection is now done by an advisory committee who ranks projects a 1, 2, or 3. 1 - urgent projects needed NOW (see application advice), 2 - projects that are really good and will select if funding availablity is allowed, 3 - projects that are good, but there just aren't enough funds to cover them in the current round. MaineDOT feels this discussion-based selection process allows for a more wholistic picture; with previous scoring systems, it was possible to skew the numbers in favor of one project or another.
  • Application tips: Projects most likely to be selected are those with an urgent need to fix a deficiency or address unsafe condition (especially a pedestrian safety issue in a sidewalk network). What effect it will have on the community is also taken into account, even if the project is in a small community (quality of the impact, not just quantity).
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes.
  • Advisory committee members: The committee is composed of representatives from safety, federal, planning, advocacy, traffic engineering, and environmental agencies.
  • Project award minimum: None.
  • Project award maximum: None.
  • Typical local match: 20%
  • Matching policies: In-kind matches are not allowed and the local match must be secured before even applying.