Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program
The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside is a federal program that offers funding opportunities to expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience. Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside projects are intended to build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails projects that serve a transportation purpose, while promoting safety and mobility. Currently, there are eleven (11) general project categories that are eligible for Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside funding.
The eligible applicants for Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside funding program include 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. Nonprofit organizations that oversee the administration of local transportation safety programs are now eligible project sponsors. All other non-profits remain ineligible, however, they may partner with an eligible entity as the project sponsor.
Construction projects must have a construction cost of at least $50,000, but may not exceed $1 million unless the project is of exceptional regional or statewide significance. Criteria for project selection include readiness for implementation, safety, consistency with local regional plans, collaboration with stakeholders, statewide or regional significance and ability to deliver the project. Please be advised that this is NOT a grant program; it is a cost reimbursement program administered by PennDOT. All pre-construction costs including preliminary engineering, construction specifications, environmental clearance and right-of-way and utility clearance must be borne by the project sponsor.
To learn more about the Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Program, click here.