Online Application User Guide
FHWA TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES PROGRAM (TAP)
TAP PROJECTS AWARDED!!
TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPROVAL - AUGUST 1ST, 2016
LIST OF AWARDED PROJECTS
MAP OF AWARDED PROJECTS (8 MB)
COMMISSION AGENDA PACKET WITH PROJECT INFORMATION (20 MB)
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under Section 1122 of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and is codified at 23 U.S.C. sections 213(b), and 101(a)(29). Section 1122 provides for the reservation of funds apportioned to a State under section 104(b) of Title 23 to carry out the TAP. The national total reserved for the TAP is equal to 2 percent of the total amount authorized from the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund for Federal-aid highways each fiscal year. (23 U.S.C. 213(a)).
The TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, replacing the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails (RTP), and Safe Routes to School (SRTS), wrapping them into a single funding source.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is seeking projects outside of the Oklahoma City and Tulsa urbanized areas that could be funded with available Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds. Projects inside the Oklahoma City or the Tulsa urbanized areas are selected through a separate competitive process administered by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments (ACOG) or the Indian Nations Council of Governments (INCOG).
Federal TAP Eligible Sponsors
Applications for TAP funds will be accepted from the following:
[23 U.S.C. 213(c)(4)(B)]
- local governments, including municipal or county governments
- 0-5,000 population
- 5,000-200,000 population
- school districts, local education agencies, or schools
- tribal governments
- regional transportation authorities
- transit agencies
- natural resource or public land agencies
- other local or regional governmental entities with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails programs
Nonprofit organizations are not eligible as direct grant recipients for TAP funds unless they qualify through one of the eligible entity categories (e.g., where a nonprofit organization is a designated transit agency or a school). Non-profits are eligible to partner with any eligible entity on a TAP project, if State or local requirements permit.
The Transportation Alternative Program provides federal funds through a competitive selection process for transportation-related activities and cannot be used for routine highway and bridge maintenance activities. The projects can be stand-alone, or part of an ongoing transportation project.
A Transportation Alternative is any activity related to surface transportation that fits one or more of these ten categories. In addition, projects eligible under the Recreational Trails Program and Safe Routes to School Program qualify. The Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism. States are responsible for selecting projects and may choose not to fund a particular category.
1. Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities - Sidewalks, walkways or curb ramps; bike lane striping, wide paved shoulders, bike parking and bus racks; traffic calming; off-road trails; bike and pedestrian bridges and underpasses; ADA compliance.
► See Factsheet 1: PDF
2. Safe Routes for Non-Drivers: Access and accommodation for children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.
► See Factsheet 2: PDF
3. Conversion of Abandoned Railway Corridors to Trails: Acquisition of railroad rights-of-way; planning, design and construction of multiuse trails and rail-with-trail projects.
► See Factsheet 3: PDF
4. Scenic Turnouts and Overlooks: Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
► See Factsheet 4: PDF
5. Outdoor Advertising Management: Billboard inventories and removal of illegal and nonconforming billboards. Inventory control may include, but not be limited to, data collection, acquisition and maintenance of digital aerial photography, video logging, scanning and imaging of data, developing and maintaining an inventory and control database, and hiring of outside legal counsel.
► See Factsheet 5: PDF
6. Historic Preservation & Rehab of Historic Transportation Facilities: Preservation of buildings and facades in historic districts; restoration of historic buildings for transportation-related purposes; access improvements to historic sites. Restoration of railroad depots, bus stations and lighthouses; rehabilitation of rail trestles, tunnels, bridges and canals.
► See Factsheet 6: PDF
7. Vegetation Management: Improvement of roadway safety; prevention of invasive species; providing erosion control.
► See Factsheet 7: PDF
8. Archaeological Activities: projects related to impacts from implementation of highway construction projects.
► See Factsheet 8: PDF
9. Stormwater Mitigation: Pollution prevention and abatement activities to address stormwater management; water pollution prevention related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.
► See Factsheet 9: PDF
10. Wildlife Management: Reduction of vehicle-caused wildlife mortality; restoration and maintenance of connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
► See Factsheet 10: PDF
Federal TAP Funding
- The TAP program provides for a maximum 80 percent federal share with a minimum 20 percent match required from the eligible sponsor.
- Use of in-kind match will not be allowed for TAP projects. Cash matching funds are required.
- Sponsors may and are encouraged to partner with other Stakeholders, including Non-Profits to participate with project matching funds.
TAP Funding Limitations – Minimum 20% matching funds required
- TAP funding requests are limited to a maximum of $700,000
- A $700,000 TAP award would require a minimum sponsor contribution of $175,000
- Sponsors may provide additional matching funds over the required 20% using their own resources or by partnering with external stakeholders.
ARCHITECTURAL & ENGINEERING SERVICES (A&E)
States are required to follow the Brooks Act (QBS) if federal funding is used for engineering and design-related activities, including program management, construction management, feasibility studies, preliminary engineering, design, engineering, surveying, mapping, or architectural related services, see 23 CFR Part 172.
TAP funding may be utilized for architectural and engineering costs. The Department has developed a list of pre-qualified consultants who have indicated an interest to provide A&E services for your project. Consultants must be procured based on a qualifications based selection process (QBS) in order to be eligible for TAP funding participation.
All TAP funded engineering contracts will be administered by the Department. The Sponsor will form a selection committee and interview a minimum of 3 qualified consultants from the pre-qualified list. The sponsor may include additional firms not on the pre-qualified list for interviews.
Plans which include the design of structural components, such as pedestrian bridges, tunnels, or scenic overlooks, must be stamped by a Registered Professional Engineer. Plans which include the design of only non-structural components, such as concrete sidewalks or paved trails, must be stamped by a Registered Professional Engineer, Licensed Landscape Architect, or a Licensed Architect.
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT- NEPA
All TAP projects are subject to NEPA reviews during project development. The Department will prepare the environmental studies.
All projects must be constructed on Public Rights-of-Way. The project sponsor will be required to provide all Rights-of-Way, free and clear of all encroachments, encumbrances, and utilities in conflict with construction. TAP funds are generally not eligible for Right-of-Way costs. Any new Rights-of-Way required for construction of a TAP project must be acquired under the Provisions of the Uniform Act.
TAP Projects will be administered by the Department in close consultation and coordination with the Sponsor throughout all project phases:
- Consultant Selection & Contracting
- Pre-construction Process
- Advertising, Bid letting & Award
- Contract Administration, Inspection, Audits
The Project Sponsor will be responsible for providing the local matching funds and maintenance of the completed project. A project Maintenance and Financing Agreement will be executed between the Department and the Sponsor upon award of TAP funding to the Sponsor’s application.
Registration Process to Apply for TAP Funding
An online registration and application has been prepared for use in applying for TAP funds.
Please refer to the TAP APPLICATION USER GUIDE for step by step assistance in preparing online applications.
ODOT encourages all eligible sponsors to register with ODOT online and then create and submit applications for any project that may be eligible for TAP funding. Completion of the one-time Online Registration process is required before applications for TAP funding can be created or processed.
Registration will open on January 1st, 2016 and may be accessed using this LINK.
After registration, eligible sponsors may then logon and create applications for TAP funding. Assistance with the online application process, if needed, is available through the Department's Local Government Division staff. Contact information is listed below.
ODOT will review preliminary applications from January 1st, 2016 through March 20, 2016. The Department's TAP Project Managers will contact eligible sponsors during the preliminary application period to schedule a scoping conference and provide recommendations regarding each application. Once the eligible sponsor has been contacted by ODOT staff, the sponsor will revise the application online as necessary on or before April 30, 2016.
Project Selection Process:
The Department is partnering with the Sub-state Planning Districts throughout the State to review and rank qualified project applications within their boundaries to provide the Department with a recommended list of regional priorities. All qualified project applications will be submitted by the Department to the appropriate entity for review and regional ranking.
The Department will consider the regional priorities as recommended by the Sub-state Planning Districts using a statewide advisory committee. This Committee will prepare a final State-wide ranking of projects for award of TAP projects by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission within the limits of available funding.
Additional information on the project selection process, including the available TAP funding levels, schedule, and general criteria to be used by the Sub-State Planning Districts is included HERE
ODOT TAP Contact Information:
Local Government Division
Council of Governments TAP Coordination
Laura Chaney – (405) 521-2705 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Scott – (405) 522-4895 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
TAP PROJECT MANAGERS
Chad Meisenburg - (405) 521-6781 (O) (405) 403-5579 (C) email@example.com
Matt VanAuken – (405) 522-0990 (O) (405) 436-3734 (C) firstname.lastname@example.org