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Transportation Alternatives Program

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a legislative program that was authorized in 2012 by federal transportation legislation, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). With certain exceptions, projects that met eligibility criteria for the Safe Routes to School Program, Transportation Enhancements, and/or the Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities Program are eligible TAP projects. Please review the discussion of ineligible activities in the Federal Highway Administration TAP Guidance to determine if federal eligibility changes pursuant to MAP-21 may impact a proposed TAP project.

2014-2018 TAP award cycle

On August 1, 2014, Secretary Gottlieb announced approval of approximately $13.3 million in TAP awards, which will fund 27 projects in the bicycle-pedestrian, safe routes to school, and other similar eligibility categories. TAP award recipients should see the Training requirements section below for more information.


WisDOT anticipates that the next TAP award cycle will begin in fall 2015. Please consult this website for future updates, including application materials, timelines, and other necessary information.

TAP project timeline

Section 85.021 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires TAP projects to commence within four (4) years of the project award date, or the award is rescinded. The project commencement deadline is fixed by statute and may not be extended. Sponsors of approved TAP projects will receive further commencement information in the Sponsor’s Guide training, project agreement, and other program documentation.

Other resources


TAP projects within the jurisdiction of a Transportation Management Area (TMA) are selected at the regional level by TMAs, which are metropolitan planning organizations with a population over 200,000. TMA contact information is provided below.

Training requirements

Beginning with projects awarded in 2010, local sponsors constructing projects requiring a Local Let Contract (LLC) must attend a one-day training session. The training session instructs sponsors on the local letting process and results in certification to administer and deliver these projects. The updated Sponsor's Guide (August 2014) and the Certification form are available below. The third document provides clarification on frequently asked questions regarding the certification process.


Regional local program contacts

Please direct TAP questions to the appropriate WisDOT contact person listed below.

Southwest Region

Marilyn Daniels
Phone: (608) 246-3864
Fax: (608) 246-3819

Southeast Region

Robert Schmidt
Phone: (262) 548-8789
Fax: (262) 521-4425

Northeast Region

Sandy Carpenter
Phone: (920) 492-5681
Fax: (920) 492-5711

North Central Region

Joe Benbenek
Phone: (715) 365-5714
Fax: (715) 365-5780

Northwest Region

Bill Zimmer
Phone: (715) 635-5014
Fax: (715) 635-2309

Statewide Contact

Tanya Iverson
Phone: (608) 266-2574
Fax: (608) 266-0658

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Last modified: March 9, 2015

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