Transportation Alternatives Program Call for Projects
SRTC is releasing a call for projects for the Transportation Alternatives program (TAP) for the fiscal years of 2014-2017. SRTC anticipates awarding $2.2 million in TAP funds under this solicitation. The final amount for the call is subject to change, based on actual annual allocations of TAP funds to SRTC.
To apply, please download and fill out the application packet to the left under "Downloads" and return by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, mailing or delivering to SRTC at 221 W 1st Ave, Suite 310, Spokane, WA 99201, or faxing to 509-343-6400.
The deadline to submit project applications is Tuesday, April 30th at 4:00 p.m.
The Transportation Alternatives program (TAP) is a new funding program introduced with the current federal transportation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The TAP program is a consolidation of three previous funding programs: Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, and Safe Routes to School.
Projects require a 13.5% local fund match.
Eligible Project Types
The most common project types funded through the TAP program are:
- Bicycle and pedestrian facilities (including improvements to meet ADA);
- Facilities that provide safe routes for non-drivers (including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities);
- Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for nonmotorized trails; and
- Safe routes to school project and/or program*.
For a full list of eligible activities please refer to FHWA’s Interim Guidance on the TAP program: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidetap.cfm
Please note that Washington State intends to use State allocations of the TAP program to continue its statewide Recreational Trails and Safe Routes to School programs.
Eligible applicants include:
- Local governments;
- Regional transportation authorities;
- Transit agencies;
- Natural resource or public lands 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 (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State agency) that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23.
All projects must be administered by a certification acceptance (CA) agency. Non-CA agencies can apply for TAP funds but must have a CA agency sponsor the project. The sponsorship must be in place prior to project selection. The CA agencies within Spokane County are: WSDOT, Spokane County, City of Spokane, and City of Spokane Valley.
TAP funding is suballocated to SRTC based on populations of US Census-defined urbanized, urban, and rural areas within Spokane County. In addition, a portion of the funds are flexible and can be programmed in any area. Please refer to the 2010 Urbanized Area map to identify the area the project is located in.
A minimum of 53.4% of the allocation must be spent on projects within the Spokane Urbanized Area, 1.5% on projects within the small urban area, and 10% on projects within rural Spokane County. The remainder, 35.1% may be spent anywhere within Spokane County. These percentage minimums, based on SRTC’s 2013 allocation, may fluctuate over time based on population growth within the region and across the state.
|Urbanized (areas with population > 200,000)||54%||$1,193,767|
|Urban (areas with population < 200,000 and > 5,999)||2%||$44,214|
|Rural (areas with population < 5,000)||10%||$221,068|
|Flexible (any area)||34%||$751,631|
PROJECT SELECTION PROCESS
A subcommittee composed of volunteers from the TTC and TAC and SRTC staff will be formed to score projects based on the evaluation criteria outlined below. Preliminary results from the scoring subcommittee will be reviewed by the full TTC, TAC, and SRTC Board. The TTC and TAC will each recommend a prioritized list of projects for Board approval. The SRTC Board will make the final project selection.
The evaluation criteria for the TAP call were developed by a voluntary subcommittee of TTC and TAC members and SRTC staff.
|Choice and Mobility||30|
|Cooperation & Leadership||10|
|Quality of Life||10|
|Operations, Maintenance & Preservation||5|
|Bonus Points: Community Support||3|
|March 1||TAP Call for Projects Released|
Applicant Workshop, Q&A
|April 30||TAP Applictions Due by 4 p.m.|
|May 1-10||SRTC staff screens project applications for completeness|
|May 13-17||Project Scoring- Voluntary subcommittee of TTC/TAC members and SRTC staff|
|May 20, 22||TAC/TTC Meetings- Review preliminary results|
|June 13||SRTC Board- Review preliminary results|
|June 24, 26||TAC/TTC Meetings- recommend prioritized list of TAP projects for Board approval|
|July 11||SRTC Board meeting- Approve prioritized list of TAP projects and contingency list|
|August-September||Selected TAP projects incorporated into 2014-2017 TIP|
* Note: For non-infrastructure projects, please fill out the Choice and Mobility and Quality of Life sections as follows:
- Choice and Mobility- only answer the Transportation Choices question
- Quality of Life- only answer the second question, related to health-promoting transportation options