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Multimodal Access Grant

Grants to Tennessee Local Governments to Improve
Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Public Transit Infrastructure

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Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

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07/31/20 11:59 PM


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Grants to Tennessee municipalities and county governments for infrastructure projects that better meet the transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Funding is intended to support projects that address existing gaps and accessibility issues along state routes and at transit hubs. Grants may be used for the construction of new facilities, reconstruction of existing facilities to meet current design standards, and rehabilitation of existing facilities.

Multimodal Access Grant funding is intended to support the construction of pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure along State Routes. As such, applications should request construction funding. Applications may also request funds for scoping, design, and right-of-way acquisition. While all listed phases of work are eligible, projects having already completed significant preliminary engineering are likely to score highly on project readiness criteria. 

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Sidewalks
  • Pedestrian crossing improvements, including high-visibility crosswalks, curb ramps, signs and pavement markings, signalization, and median refuge islands
  • Bicycle facilities (including on-road bike lanes/cycle tracks)
  • Multi-use paths (pedestrian plus bicycle traffic) located within the transportation corridor. All such paths must be a minimum of 10-feet wide.
  • Transit stop amenities (shelters, benches, sidewalks, curb ramps, lighting)
  • Complete streets, road diet, or traffic calming measures
  • Bicycle, pedestrian and transit-related improvements that address requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Pedestrian-scale lighting (will not rank highly as a standalone project, but is eligible as a project component)
  • Other improvements which primarily improve access for multimodal users

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148911

Estimated Size of Grant:

The State portion of a Multimodal Access project may not exceed $950,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects developed through the Multimodal Access grant program will vary in the time that it takes to have a completed project. A typical project will take 24 months from the time a grant agreement is signed until they go to construction.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, Counties, and Towns in Tennessee are eligible to submit applications to compete for Multimodal Access Grant funding.

Communities may work with a consultant, MPO/RPO, or external agency to develop a project application, but the municipality is viewed as the lead agency for the project. At least one municipal representative should be identified as a contact to be included in all correspondence throughout the application process.

To qualify for the Multimodal Access Grant, projects shall be located along a State Route. Proposed projects can provide links to important destinations located within .25 miles from the State Route as long as the primary project scope is located along a State Route.

Project Restrictions:
- Operating costs, rolling stock and preventative maintenance are not considered eligible activities.
- Projects may have recreational or other non-transportation benefits. However, these non-transportation benefits cannot serve as the primary scope of the project. Examples of ineligible projects include recreational trails, trailhead facilities, beautification projects, or facilities that do not serve population centers and destinations.

Pre-Application Information:

Communities that are interested in competing must submit a Notice of Intent to Apply (NOI) by July 31, 2020, at 11:59pm.

The Office of Multimodal Planning will review submitted NOIs in August, and plans to invite full applications for eligible projects in late August/Early September. It is anticipated that invited applications will be due for submission in late October, with final award announcements anticipated to occur in early 2021.

The Multimodal Access Grant is a reimbursement program.

Multimodal Access Grant projects are state-funded at 95 percent with a 5 percent local match.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application portal:

Submit your Notice of Intent to Apply to:

Direct questions to:
Matthew Cushing
(615) 741-2586

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources
505 Deaderick Street,
James K. Polk Building, Suite 1200
Nashville, TN 37243

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