Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Michigan's Pere Marquette Rail-Trail | Photo by Chris Collins

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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Mike Smith
Transportation Alternatives Program Manager
Department of Transportation
Office of Economic Development
425 W. Ottawa St.
Lansing, MI 48909
Tel: 517-241-3355
Email: SmithM13@michigan.gov

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Kurt Zachary
Local Program Manager
MI Division
Federal Building
Lansing, MI 48933
Tel: 517-702-1832
Fax: 517-377-1804
Email: kurt.zachary@dot.gov

State DOT Website: https://www.michigan.gov/mdot

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: ***PLEASE READ*** Any potential TAP project should be discussed with a TAP grant coordinator by region or any potential SRTS project be discussed with a SRTS grant coordinator by region before beginning an application. Potential applicants should be assured they have a competitive concept worth investing in significant documentation.

    The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Economic Development. The state uses a competitive selection process, and TAP funds are distributed directly by MDOT. A portion of TAP funding is available through a competitive grant process administered by Metropolitan Planning Organizations in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Eligible applicants include county road commissions, cities, villages, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, state and federal natural resource or public land agencies, and tribal governments. MDOT may partner with a local agency to apply for funding and implement the project. Other organizations such as townships or trail groups, may work with an eligible agency to apply.
  • Application information: Application can be completed through an online process found here.
  • Application timeline: Applications are accepted year-round; grant decisions are made three times a year for future fiscal years.
  • Application components: Project narrative, budget, letter of support from state or local agency, environmental statement, and design specifications. Specifically, the application asks for property information, public involvement information, maintenance plan, photos of the project area, project schedule including if the project will be constructed concurrently with or subsequent to another infrastructure project, and project contact information.
  • Selection criteria: Financial factors, public input, coordinated efforts, constructability, maintenance factors, and previous transportation enhancement.
  • Application tips: Given the competitive nature of TAP, it is important for potential applicants to understand what types of projects and factors make a project competitive for funding. In order to best compete for TAP funding, discuss your project idea with an MDOT Grant Coordinator. Grant Coordinators are available to assist you by providing advice on how to best develop a competitive application. In addition, they can assist you with the online application, and can help guide you through the application, review, and selection process.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes. Final decisions are made by the MDOT Office of Economic Development Administrator and MDOT Director.
  • Advisory committee members: The committee is composed of MDOT and large MPO employees, including the TAP Program Manager, MDOT Grant Coordinators, technical experts/reviewers (Historian, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, Landscape Architects, Engineers, and Water Quality Specialist), and the planners from each of MDOT regions who provide geographic representation. Maintenance, rail, and transit experts are also on the committee.
  • Project award minimum: $50,000
  • Project award maximum: None.
  • Typical local match: Averages 40% cash on construction.
  • Matching policies: Only cash match on construction is accepted. Grants typically do not cover acquisition, permits, design engineering, or construction engineering.
  • Once your project is funded: For successful applications, the TAP issues conditional commitments to fund projects in a future state fiscal year. Funding is conditional upon the applicant meeting certain conditions including completion of design, obtaining the right of way needed for the project, and securing the matching funds. Engineers from the MDOT Local Agency Programs, Rural/Transportation Alternatives Unit assist applicants through this stage of the process. Once design plans are complete and ready for review, the MDOT Office of Economic Development will award the grant funds for the project, the funds can be obligated, and the bid letting process can begin. Written implementation guidelines are available online at www.michigan.gov/mdotlap. A post-project survey is required after project implementation.