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Multimodal Access Grant

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

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

LOI Date:

07/30/21

Deadline Date:

10/01/21

Description:

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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. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended to support projects that address accessibility and existing gaps 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. 

Multimodal Access Grant funding is available to improve transportation access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit-users along State Routes using the following improvement types: 

  • 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

Eligible projects must meet the following criteria (see full guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below, for more information):

  • Project must be located along a state route
  • Project must meet ADA and PROWAG standards
  • Project must primarily serve a transportation need
  • Projects must be contiguous and must include new construction or rehab of existing facilities
  • Applicants must commit to a 5% local match and ongoing maintenance responsibility

Note that utility relocation is only eligible as a reimbursable cost if the utility is located on private property, or if the need to move the utility is identified in an urban revitalization plan.

For information on eligible phases of work, see: https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tdot/multimodaltransportation/multimodal-access-grant/2021%20MMAG%20Guidelines_6.29.21_final.pdf#page=5

Multimodal Access Grant projects are required to be located along a State Route. Projects with improvements solely along the State Route will be prioritized at all stages. In some locations, there may be important origins or destinations located within 0.25 miles of the State Route. Applicants may submit projects that deviate from the State Route to connect these origins and destinations to the broader multimodal network.

Priority may be given to the following:

  • Projects located in an economically distressed or at-risk area
  • Applicants who have identified feasible scope reductions or phasing options within project termini
  • Applicants who have identified strategies for addressing constructability challenges 

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.

Project Restrictions:
- Operating costs, rolling stock and preventative maintenance are not considered eligible activities.
- Projects that do not primarily serve a transportation purpose are ineligible for funding.
- 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 30, 2021, by 11:59 PM CST.

Program Timeline:
- July 6, 2021: Letter of Intent to Apply Open
- July 30, 2021: Letter of Intent to Apply Closed at 11:59 PM CST
- August 23, 2021: Application Open
- October 1, 2021: Application Closed
- January 2022: Award Announcement

After review by the Office of Multimodal Planning, applicants will either 1.) be invited to submit a full application, or 2.) be notified that the project does not meet basic eligibility requirements. If a project is considered eligible after NOI review, the applicant will be invited to submit a full application via eGrants.

The Multimodal Access Grant is a reimbursement program.

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

eGrants training video: https://tdot.intelligrants.com/documentation/TNDOT/eGrants_Training_Part1.mp4

Local Programs Development Office - Documents: https://www.tn.gov/content/tn/tdot/program-development-and-administration-home/local-programs/documents-and-forms-.html

Public Rights-of-Way Accessibility Guidelines (PROWAG): https://www.access-board.gov/guidelines-and-standards/streets-sidewalks/public-rights-of-way/proposed-rights-of-way-guidelines

Contact Information:

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

Application portal: https://tdot.intelligrants.com/

Submit your Notice of Intent to Apply to: tdot.multimodalplanning@tn.gov

Direct questions to:
Robert Johnson
(615)-741-4449
Robert.R.Johnson@tn.gov

Tennessee Department of Transportation
Division of Multimodal Transportation Resources
505 Deaderick Street,
James K. Polk Building, Suite 700
Nashville, TN 37243

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