Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
In 1991, Congress initiated a number of reimbursable grant programs, including the TAP/TEP, designed to enhance America's "Livable Communities" through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) and continued by the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
MAP-21 has altered the eligibility requirements from those within SAFETEA-LU. TAP funds can only be obligated for projects submitted by “eligible entities” defined in 23 USC 213 (c)(4)(B).
- 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 or oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a metropolitan planning organization or a State Agency). State natural resource and public land agencies are eligible (23 USC 213(c)(4)(B).
To be eligible, a project must: (1) have a relationship to surface transportation; and (2) must be one of the qualifying activities set by law.
The DOH has implemented a new electronic process for TAP project applications. This process may be found at http://dohgrants.wv.gov. This year an applicant may complete and submit a digital Intent-to-Apply (ITA) form for a proposed TAP project.
In past grant cycles, immediately following DOH approval of their paper ITAs, applicants could begin work on their paper applications. Using the new electronic process, the digital application form will not be available to applicants until January, 2013.
This highly successful program has been continued and expanded through the passage of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) and the passage, in 2005, of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) and Moving Ahead for Progress In The 21st Century Act (MAP 21).
TAP funds are made available to the DOH, which administers the TAP program, by the
Federal Highway Administration
Transportation Alternatives Program
Rebecca Davison, Program Coordinator
Phone: 304 558-9600
Fax: 304 558-3783
Last Updated: 12/03/2012