Transportation Alternatives Program funding available

PIERRE – The South Dakota Department of Transportation announces that Letters of Intent are now available for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

TAP is a grant program that uses federal transportation funds designated by Congress for specific activities that enhance the intermodal transportation system and provide safe alternative transportation options.

TAP was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), signed into law July 6, 2012.  The program redefines the former Transportation Enhancement Program activities and consolidates those eligibilities with the Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and Recreation Trails programs.

TAP builds upon the legacy of the Transportation Enhancement Program by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment.

About $2.1 million is available through a competitive grant process administered by the South Department of Transportation’s Office of Project Development.

The maximum amount for each grant is $400,000 in federal funds. SDDOT may approve a larger amount for phased projects.

A minimum amount of $50,000 is required for infrastructure projects. All grant requests require an 18.05 percent local match for each project.

Letters of Intent, applications, qualifying criteria and other resources can be found online at http://www.sddot.com/services/transalt/default.aspx .

The Letter of Intent deadline is May 1, and applications are due on June 15.

For more information, visit the website above or contact Jerry Ortbahn at 605-773-3281.

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