Transportation Alternatives Program Profile
Wisconsin's Elroy-Sparta State Trail | Photo by TrailLink user dj123_45
Distribution of Programmed TE & TA Funds by Category
Cumulative FY 1992 Through FY 2018
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— Available — Apportioned — Obligated — Rescinded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
Multi-Modal Program Manager
Bureau of Transit and Local Roads
Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation
4802 SHEBOYGAN AVE
Madison, WI 53705
FHWA Division TA Coordinator
TE Program Contact
525 Junction Road
Madison, WI 53717
TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures
- TA program structure: There is a pre-scoping application process, which WisDOT reviews. Promising project applicants are invited to submit a full application with additional material. This is a competitive process.
- Who is eligible to apply: Local governments; Regional transportation authorities; Transit agencies; Natural resource or public land agencies; School districts, local education agencies, or schools; Tribal governments; and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
- Application information: When applications are open, the form can be found online.
- Application timeline: TAP pre-scoping applications for 2014-2018 award cycle projects were due on December 13, 2013. Successful pre-scoping applicants will receive notification by the end of February 2014 to submit a second-round TAP application. WisDOT anticipates announcing TAP awards in calendar year 2014. The Department plans to solicit TAP applications every second calendar year, so the next opportunity to submit TAP applications should occur in 2015.
- Application components: Project narrative, budget and completed application form.
- Selection criteria: 2014-2018 TAP pre-scoping applications were reviewed by WisDOT region and statewide staff according to the below-listed criteria. 1) Eligibility: per the WisDOT TAP Guidelines, is the proposed project eligible for receipt of TAP funding? 2) Completeness: if the application is forwarded on to review sub-committees without additional information, will committee members have all necessary project details to rate and rank the project against other similar applications? 3) Project cost and timeline accuracy: does the applicants request for funding and scheduling reflect a thorough review of guidance provided in the WisDOT TAP Guidelines and other program documentation? 4) Project administration issues: Does the application Narrative Response/Attachment 3 demonstrate a capacity to administer projects in compliance with federal and state requirements? Does the application reveal project delivery issues that are significant enough to prohibit timely delivery of the project? WisDOT policies place considerable emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian facilities that will serve at least some utilitarian tripssuch as commuting to work or schoolthat might otherwise be made by automobile. Note that this category includes on-road and off-road facilities. In the 2014-2018 TAP award cycle WisDOT will continue its historic policy decision not to utilize TAP funds for outdoor advertising or stand-alone vegetation management projects.
- Application tips: Utilize narrative to demonstrate local political and financial support to provide the 20% local project match. Submit a separate application and budget for each project or stand-alone project segment. Develop an accurate project cost estimate with assistance from professional staff or contracted expert(s), if necessary. Bicycle-pedestrian project cost estimates must take into account ADA Public Right of Way requirement and design standards. Potential sources of project delay (protected historical, natural or archaeological resources, contaminated soils, purchases or use of railroad right-of-way) should be resolved or thoroughly considered prior to application submission. If a proposed project involves a state or federal highway, either crossing, within or parallel to the ROW, WisDOT region staff must review the proposal. Indicate if a project with Context Sensitive Solutions funding is already partially funding the proposed project. State agencies applying for projects on state-owned land must coordinate with the Department of Administration in project management and as co-sponsors of the Project Agreement.
- Is there an advisory committee?: Yes, but the committee serves in an advisory capacity only. Final decisions are made by the WisDOT Secretary's Office. However, committee recommendations are almost always accepted without modification.
- Advisory committee members:
- Project award minimum: Infrastructure projects: Minimum project cost of $300,000, including any design work. $100,000 minimum for any federally-funded real estate costs. Non-Infrastructure projects: Minimum project cost o
- Project award maximum: None.
- Typical local match: 20%
- Matching policies: Soft match not allowed.
- Once your project is funded: A guidebook can be found online.