Local Assistance Division

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside                            


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The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law Dec. 4, 2015. It is the first long-term transportation bill passed since SAFETEA-LU and runs through Fiscal Year 2020. This legislation continues the former Transportation Enhancement program’s long history that began in 1991 with the passage of ISTEA.

The Act converts the long-standing Surface Transportation Program (STP) into the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG), which includes a set-aside amount called the Transportation Alternatives or “TA Set-Aside” as set forth in 23 U.S.C. 133(h). The set-aside funding includes all activities that were previously eligible under TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program set forth in MAP-21); encompassing a variety of smaller-scale, non-traditional transportation projects. Administered by VDOT, these projects must focus on non-motorized transportation opportunities and enhancements to the transportation experience. Popular projects include bicycle and pedestrian trails, preservation of historic transportation structures including train depots and lighthouses, as well as roadway pull-offs and overlooks!

The legislation provides four (4) main categories of eligibility including the 1) Transportation Alternatives activities, 2) the Safe Routes to School activities, 3) the Recreational Trails activities and lastly 4) the “Boulevard” activities which are intended to reconnect communities along abandoned interstate right-of-way, by installing new bicycle and pedestrian facilities. VDOT administers projects qualifying under the TA, SRTS and Boulevard categories. The Recreational Trails activities however, are administered separately by the VA Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR).

Application Deadlines TENTATIVE :        Pre-application deadline -- July 1, 2021 *MANDATORY*

                                                                       Full application deadline – October 1, 2021

Transportation Alternatives Program Information
Transportation Alternatives program guide - interim 2017
MPO and TMA listings  
CTB resolution adopting TA selection policy (2013)
District coordinators for TA / Enhancement program 

2019 TA applicant Workshops

Workshop Presentation
Tentative Timeline

Program Allocations

Fiscal Year 2021 and 2022 TAP Allocations
Fiscal Years 2019 and 2020 final TAP allocations
Fiscal Year 2018 TAP final allocations
Fiscal Year 2017 TAP final allocations
Fiscal Year 2016 TAP final allocations
Fiscal Year 2015 Transportation Alternatives allocations
Fiscal Year 2014 Transportation Alternatives allocations

Contact Us:

Pam Liston 
Office: 804-786-2734 
Fax: 804-371-0847   

Page last modified: Oct. 23, 2020