Transportation Alternatives

Nancy Surprenant, Transportation Alternatives Program Coordinator, 605.773.4912

The Transportation Alternatives Program (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.

The TAP was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), signed into law on July 6, 2012. The TAP redefines the former Transportation Enhancement activities and consolidates these eligibilities with the Safe Routes to School, Scenic Byways and Recreation Trails Programs. There will no longer be separate applications for Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements or Scenic Byways. The TAP builds upon the legacy of the former Transportation Enhancement, Safe Routes to School and Scenic Byways programs by expanding travel choices, strengthening the local economy, improving the quality of life, and protecting the environment.

Approximately $2.1 million is available through this competitive grant process administered by the South Department of Transportation (SDDOT) Office of Project Development. Each grant will be for a maximum of $400,000, although the SDDOT may approve a larger amount for phased projects. The minimum grant amount for infrastructure projects is $50,000. There is no set minimum grant amount for non-infrastructure projects. There is an 18.05% local match requirement for each project.

Transportation Alternatives Program Summary and Application Guide

Requests for additional information, site visits and/or meetings on potential projects should be directed to Nancy Surprenant.

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