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Transportation Alternatives


New federal transportation legislation entitled Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, was enacted and signed into law on July 6, 2012.  One of the programs established in MAP-21 is the Transportation Alternatives Program.  It provides for funding opportunities for a variety of project types, many of which were previously eligible under the former Enhancement Program - which Transportation Alternatives in part replaced.  The new Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program provides funding for the following eligible activities which, as with the Enhancement Program, must demonstrate a strong transportation link:

  1. Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities  for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure, and transportation projects to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).

  2. Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.

  3. Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.

  4. Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.

  5. Community improvement activities, including--

    1. inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;

    2. historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;

    3. vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and

    4. archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under this title.

  6. Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to--

    1. address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff, including activities described in sections 133(b)(11), 328(a), and 329; or

    2. reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
     7.  The Safe Routes to School Program under Section 1404 (SAFETEA-LU) 
          (23 U.S.C. 402 note).

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Report on Shared-use Path and Sidewalk Costs

2015 Transportation Alternatives Presentation



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