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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Brian Gage
Transportation Enhancements Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Transportation
395 John Ireland Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155
Tel: 651-366-3748
Fax: 651-366-3603
Email: Brian.Gage@state.mn.us

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Susan Moe
TE Program Contact
MN Division
380 Jackson Street Suite 500
St. Paul, MN 55101
Tel: 651-291-6109
Fax: 651-291-6000
Email: Susan.moe@dot.gov

State DOT Website: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/map-21/tap.html

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: TAP combines funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School infrastructure, and Scenic Byways - separate programs under the previous federal transportation bill - into one grant program. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $7.5 million across the state. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Oct. 31, 2014. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application. It is run through a competitive selection process. TAP solicitation for the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Washington counties) is conducted by the Metropolitan Council and its Transportation Advisory Board.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, tribal government, and any government entity overseeing transportation or recreational trails.
  • Application information: You must complete a letter of intent (LOI) first to receive the application. The LOI is found online.
  • Application timeline: Oct. 31, 2014- Letter of intent deadline. Jan. 9, 2015 Full Grant Application deadline. April 15, 2015 Grant recipients announced.
  • Application components: Project narrative, budget, letter of support from state or local agency, environmental statement, and design specifications.
  • Application tips: To improve chances of selection, applicants should provide precise project descriptions, detailed budgets, and quality maps.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes.
  • Typical local match: 20%