Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

Nebrask's Cowboy Recreation and Nature Trail | Photo by TrailLink user lisa.jarnigan

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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Jodi Gibson
Research Coordinator
Materials and Research
1500 Highway 2
Lincoln, NE 68509-4759
Tel: 402-469-4337

Michael Kleffner
Transportation Enhancement Engineer
Transportation Enhancement Engineer
NDOR Local Division
PO Box 94759
Lincoln, NE 68509
Tel: 402-479-4881

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Nicholas Finch
TE Program Contact
NE Division
Room 220 Federal Building
Lincoln, NE 68508
Tel: 402-742-8477
Fax: 402-742-8480

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: The program is run through a state-level TE Office. The state uses a competitive selection process, and funds are distributed directly by the state TE Office.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Municipality, County, State agency, Tribe, University, or Natural Resource District.
  • Application information: Potential applicants must submit an Intent-to-Apply form. The Intent-to-Apply and application forms are available online and in print. The TE Office offers application training at multiple sites in the state.
  • Application timeline: The project selection cycle occurs annually. The next call for proposals will be in 2011.
  • Application components: Project narrative, budget, and letter of support from state or local agency.
  • Selection criteria: The state does not fund Category 9 projects (Inventory and Removal of Outdoor Advertising). Selection criteria include: anticipated benefits for the community, anticipated number of users/beneficiaries, whether the project is eligible under multiple TE categories, environmental impact, fit with comprehensive planning goals, geographic location, level of public support, linkage to transportation system, need for TE funds to complete project, maintenance commitment, relationship to other projects, project innovation, and secured matching funds.
  • Application tips: The TE program funds project design, engineering, and construction. To improve chances of selection, applicants should make sure the proposed project meets all requirements of the TE program.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes, but the committee serves in an advisory capacity only. Final decisions are made by the NDR Director.
  • Advisory committee members: The committee is composed of 12 members from diverse areas of expertise, including landscape architects and preservationists, and representatives from the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Economic Development's Office of Tourism, a retired Professional Engineer, the University of Nebraska, Environmental Committee, Chamber of Commerce Director, Governor's Council on Fitness, and a lay person.
  • Project award minimum: None.
  • Project award maximum: $500,000
  • Typical local match: 20%
  • Matching policies: The state does not accept in-kind match.
  • Once your project is funded: The TE Office provides project oversight from conception to construction, and written guidelines on project implementation are available on the NDR website. The TE Office monitors projects, and the TE projects must show continual progress.