Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

New Jersey's Columbia Trail | Photo by Anthony Le

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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Laine Rankin
Division of Local Aid and Economic Development
New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
Trenton, NJ 08625-0600
Tel: 609-530-3640
Fax: 609-530-8044

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Keith Skilton
TE Program Contact
NJ Division Office
840 Bear Tavern Road Suite 310
West Trenton, NJ 08628-1019
Tel: 609-637-4203
Fax: 609-538-4919

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: Competitive selection process reviewed by DOT Advisory Committee, funds distributed through state office.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local governments, Regional Transportation authorities, Transit agencies, Natural resource or public land agengies, school districts, local education agencies, or schools, tribal governments, any other local regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails. State DOTS and MPOs are not eligible but may partner with a sponsor. Nonprofits generally not eligible, may also partner.
  • Application information: All application are submitted online.
  • Application timeline: Submissions opened on March 12, 2014 and the last day to submit projects was June 30th, 2014.
  • Application components: Application form, identification of a responsible charge, letters of support, project schedule with indication of progress milestones.
  • Selection criteria: 1. Transportation related 2. Maintenance commitment If no maintenance commitment is submitted, the project will be deemed ineligible. 3. Economic and tourism benefits 4. User mode (extent to which it would promote the use of other, non-automotive forms of transportation) 5. Regional or community benefits 6. Element of a larger plan 7. Designated Areas - Extra consideration will be given to projects located the following designated areas: Centers of Place, Complete Streets, Transit Village, and Urban Aid communities. 8. Value as a cultural and/or cultural resource - For the historic related categories, these projects are scored on this additional criterion 9. Readiness for construction/implementation 10. Timing and urgency 11. Supplemental Funds 12. Partnership and Public Outreach - Letters of support.
  • Application tips: Projects are reviewed by the Selection Committee to establish technical feasibility (the timeframe, design standards, permits needed, potential for environmental constraints on construction, etc.), to determine the accuracy of project costs and to ensure that the recommended group of projects meets the program goals. The recommended project shortlist is developed with consideration given to geographic distribution.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes.
  • Advisory committee members: The TAP Selection Com mittee is made up from individuals representing the following organizations: -South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization -Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission -North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority -New Jersey Department of Transportation -Federal Highway Administration Other organizations or individuals may be added to the Committee at the discretion of the Commissioner of Transportation.
  • Project award minimum: $150,000
  • Project award maximum: Soft cap at $1 million
  • Typical local match: While there is no requirement for matching funds, the availability of other funds is viewed as an indication, or measure, of the projects potential to succeed.
  • Matching policies:
  • Once your project is funded: If your application is chosen, you will be invited to a meeting with Department staff to learn more about the Implementation and Authorization Process. All selected projects are required to receive Federal authorization for construction within two y ears of the announcement. If the project is not authorized within two years of the notification, the grant will be rescinded and the applicant will have to reapply.