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Grants to Tennessee Local Government Agencies for
Projects that Enhance Transportation Infrastructure

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

Agency Type:

State

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Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)

Deadline Date:

12/01/21

Description:

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Grants to Tennessee local government agencies for the development and improvement of local transportation infrastructure. Applicants must conduct a public hearing before applying. Funding is intended to create safe facilities and trails for non-vehicle traffic, to convert or rehabilitate historic sites for transportation purposes, and for archaeological activities.

In order to be considered for project funding, the application must fall into one or more of the following categories as defined by federal legislation and relate to surface transportation: 

  1. Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities & Safe Routes for Non-Drivers: All facilities must be hard-surfaced, ADA compliant and provide adequate connectivity and separation from vehicular traffic. Sidewalk facilities must be a minimum of 5-feet wide and shared-use facilities must be a minimum of 10-feet wide. TAP funds can be used for sidewalks, walkways or curb ramps, bike lane striping, wide paved shoulders, bike parking and bus racks, traffic calming for the safety of bike/ped traffic, off-road trails, bike and pedestrian bridges/underpasses and ADA compliance.
  2. Conversion of Abandoned Railway Corridors to Trails: Construction of hard-surfaced pedestrian or shared-use ADA accessible trails and rails-with-trails projects.
  3. Scenic Turnouts and Overlooks: Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas.
  4. Historic Preservation & Rehab of Historic Transportation Facilities: Preservation of transportation buildings and facades in historical districts, restoration of historic buildings for transportation-related purposes, access improvements to historic sites, restoration of railroad depots, bus stations and rehabilitation of rail trestles, tunnels and bridges.
  5. Archaeological Activities: Projects related to archaeological assessments from the implementation of current highway construction projects.

Application award goals and considerations include:

  • Increase safety for all project users
  • Improve access to jobs, education, services, public transit and community amenities
  • Increase accessibility and mobility options
  • Upgrade existing facilities to current ADA requirements
  • Complete coordinating links of previously awarded multi-phase projects
  • Emphasize the development of rural areas
  • Concentrate on distressed and at-risk counties
  • Support and enhancement of the economic vitality of the area

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174100

Estimated Size of Grant:

The project being developed must be maintained by the applicant and remain open to the public for a sufficient time based upon the federal investment as shown below:

Federal Amount / Lease:
- $1.00 - $199,999: 5 years from Federal close-out date
- Greater than $200,000 - $499,999: 10 years from Federal close-out date
- Greater than $500,000 - $1,000,000: 20 years from Federal close-out date

Projects over $1,000,000 carry a minimum 25 year lease and will be subject to individual review.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All local governmental agencies, including those within the Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Knoxville MPOs/TPOs, may submit an application to the State competitive program.

Applications must be submitted by local agency (cities or counties) or state natural resource or public land agencies. A local agency may work with other public agencies or private organizations, but TDOT will only contract with a local agency or applicable state agency.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2022 TAP application cycle is now open, and the deadline for submittals has been extended to Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

Prior to submitting an application, all applicants must hold an application public involvement meeting to notify the local community of the intended project scope. The date(s) and time(s) of public meetings that were held as well as the sign-in sheet, the record of all public comments received and the disposition of said comments must be included with the completed application.

A Local Agency shall use TDOT’s prequalified consultants for every phase and follow TDOT’s approved Local Version of TDOT Consultant Selection Policy Form 1-2. In addition, a consultant advertisement template, Form 1-3 must be reviewed by the TAP Office prior to any solicitation.

The 20% minimum non-federal construction share of the proposed project must be provided as a hard cash match. All preliminary engineering (NEPA and Design) and right-of-way expenditures are solely the responsibility of the local agency.

The Transportation Alternatives Program is a reimbursable program for competitively bid construction eligible related expenses and does not provide funding for preliminary engineering, design, or right-of-way acquisition.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
https://tdot.intelligrants.com/Login2.aspx?APPTHEME=TNDOT&ReturnURL=/Module/TNDOT/TabSearch.aspx?NavItemID1=65692

For questions not addressed in the FAQs, please contact the TAP Office directly via e-mail at TDOT.Enhancements@tn.gov

TDOT - Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Office
Suite 600 James K. Polk Building
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0341

Phone: 615-741-5314

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