ODOT Grant Opportunity: Transportation Alternatives Program Opens Jan. 1, 2016

posted Dec 17, 2015, 9:39 AM by Mary Peck

    The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced the statewide Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) will be open for applications Jan. 1 through Feb 29, 2016.  The application process for this federally funded grant is online and can be accessed via a link on ODOT’s website beginning Jan. 1.  The maximum federal funds available will be $700,000 with a minimum of 20% local cash match.

      TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities and environmental mitigation, recreational trail program projects, safe routes to school projects, and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate system routes or other divided highways. 

      Eligible project sponsors include local government, tribal government, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, local education agencies, or schools, and any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than metropolitan planning organizations).

      Projects will be scored based upon five criteria: improve safety, improve connectivity, community improvement, funding, and environmental concerns.

      Scoring assistance will be conducted by Southwest Oklahoma Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SORTPO).  SORTPO is a division of South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA), one of eleven councils of government serving all of Oklahoma.

      Please direct any questions about this process to:

Alex Damon, SORTPO

580-562-4882 ext. 118