The Transportation Alternatives Program is one of the main sources of federal funding available through NHDOT that communities can access to improve sidewalk networks, bicycle routes, rail trails and other safety improvements for people walking and riding bicycles.
TAP is a reimbursement program wherein communities can access up to 80% federal funding for local projects. Approximately $5.4 million in federal funding is available in the two year funding cycle that opened in May 2016.
The overall purpose of TAP is to foster non-motorized transportation infrastructure that is safe, in good physical condition, accessible, and capable of reducing traffic congestion. TAP awards will range from a minimum of $400,000 ($320,000 Federal) to a maximum of $1,000,000 ($800,000 Federal) supporting projects, although communities can use local or other funding sources for more expensive projects.
In 2016 NHDOT completed the second funding round of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Seven full proposals were received from communities in the RPC region. In aggregate these proposals request $4,541,502 in federal funding and have a total project cost of $5,776,677.
One project from the RPC region was ultimately funded by the State TAP Committee - Exeter's proposal to improve sidewalks and pedestrian crossings on Epping Road, Winter Street and Spring Street.
Statewide 46 applications were submitted requesting a total of $25 million in federal funding. This compares to the approximately $5.4 million pool available statewide for the two year funding round. If divided equally among the nine planning regions, this would equate to approximately $600,000 per region, though there is not an explicit criterion for geographic distribution in this funding round, and relatively little weight is placed on regional project rank.