Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance (NEPA) serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill Counties. Through this role, NEPA works with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and county officials to assist in coordinating transportation planning and programming within the region.
PennDOT is currently accepting applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) for 2016-17. Applications are being accepted through January 8, 2016. More information can be found here.
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) introduced fundamental changes to the administration of local programs, including those that previously existed as separate programs including Transportation Enhancements (TE), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), Scenic Byways (Byways) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). Under MAP-21, those programs have been consolidated into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
TAP projects are intended to build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails projects that serve a transportation purpose, while promoting safety and mobility. Currently, there are ten (10) general project categories that are eligible for TAP funding. More information about eligible projects can be found on the PennDOT TAP website above.
The eligible applicants for TAP funding program include:
- 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 oversight of transportation or recreational trails.
Under TAP, non-profit organizations, PennDOT and metropolitan planning organizations and rural planning organizations are no longer eligible project sponsors, however, they can partner with an eligible project sponsor.
Please be advised that this is NOT a grant program; it is a cost reimbursement program administered by PennDOT. All pre-construction costs including preliminary engineering, construction specifications, environmental clearance and right-of-way and utility clearance must be borne by the project sponsor.
If you have any questions regarding the Transportation Alternatives Program, please contact Kate McMahon, Transportation Services Manager, at (570) 655-5581.