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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 will be 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
TAP second-round applications for the 2014-2018 award cycle were due on March 28, 2014. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) anticipates announcing approved TAP projects in summer 2014. Please see the TAP timeline below for additional dates and information. The Department plans to solicit TAP applications every second calendar year, so the next opportunity to submit TAP applications should occur in 2015.
- 2014-2018 TAP timeline
- 2014-2018 TAP guidelines
As a reminder, applicants who requested a resolution of support extension per the memorandum below must submit their resolution no later than April 25, 2014.
- Updated resolution of support requirement: 2014-2018 TAP second-round application
- Resolution of support template
TAP project timeline
To comply with state statute, TAP projects must commence within four years from a project award, or by July 1, 2014, whichever date is later. TAP applicants should consider this statute when analyzing potential or existing TAP projects. WisDOT does not have the authority to grant exemptions or extensions to this project commencement requirement.
- WisDOT TAP Fact Sheet
Federal Highway Administration
TAP projects within the jurisdiction of a Transportation Management Area (TMA) will be selected at the regional level by TMAs, which are metropolitan planning organizations with a population over 200,000. TMA contact information is provided below.
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 (September 2012) and the Certification form are available below. The fourth document provides clarification on frequently asked questions regarding the certification process.
- The Sponsor's Guide to Non-Traditional Transportation Project Implementation
- Certification for Non-Traditional Project Administration and Delivery
- FAQ’s for completing the Certification for Non-Traditional Project Administration and Delivery Form
- Sponsor's Training for Non-Traditional Project
Implementation - Fall 2013 Presentation
Please direct TAP questions to the appropriate WisDOT contact person listed below.
Regional local program contacts
Phone: (608) 246-3864
Fax: (608) 246-3819
Phone: (262) 548-8789
Fax: (262) 521-4425
- TMA Contact:
Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Phone: (920) 492-5681
Fax: (920) 492-5711
- TMA Contacts:
Melissa Kraemer Badtke
East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
Brown County Planning Commission
Phone: (920) 448-6480
North Central Region
Phone: (715) 365-5714
Fax: (715) 365-5780
Phone: (715) 635-5014
Fax: (715) 635-2309
Phone: (608) 266-3973
Fax: (608) 266-0658
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