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 typically available in each two year funding cycle that opens in the spring of even numbered years (2018, 2020, 2022).
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 May 2018 NHDOT initiated the third funding round of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). Three full proposals were received from communities in the RPC region. In aggregate these proposals request $1.4 million in federal funding. Statewide 39 applications were submitted requesting over $20 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.
Round 3 Full Proposals from RPC Region (NOTE: Files are large, and some contain oversize maps. Look for "+" symbols in the lower right corner of text blocks for additional text. If printing, select "Shrink Oversized Pages" in the printer properties box)