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Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program

Grants to North Dakota Government Agencies to
Promote Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation

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North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT)

Deadline Date:

11/30/18 - Deadline for Bismarck-Manden MPO; 12/04/18 for Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments; 12/04/18 by Noon for Grand Forks-East Grand Forks; All other projects have a deadline of 12/31/18.


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Grants to North Dakota local government agencies, transit agencies, natural resources agencies, school districts, schools, LEAs, and tribal governments for construction costs related to projects that support alternative forms of transportation. Projects may involve bicycle and pedestrian facilities, environmental mitigation projects, community improvements, and safe routes for non-drivers.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects:
-The construction of on-street and off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities
-The construction of Safe Routes to School projects
-The construction of projects for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities
-Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users
-Traffic calming and speed reduction improvements
-Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements
-Secure bicycle parking facilities
-Traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools

Scenic and Environmental Projects:
-Turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
-Vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way
-Archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project
-Streetscape improvements and corridor landscaping
-Establishing living snow-fences
-Control and removal of outdoor advertising
-Environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity

Historic Projects:
-Historic preservation and rehabilitation of operating historic transportation facilities

Project Selection Criteria
-Benefit to the community, region and/or state
-Benefits provided to the existing transportation system
-Does the project provide a high impact or benefit as compared to the other projects?
-Is the proposed project the appropriate solution for the identified problem, need or opportunity?
-Has the applicant demonstrated support of other local governmental agencies and/or nonprofit organizations, and/or the general public?
-Urgency - Is the project part of another project?
-Is the project part of an identified plan?
-Does the project benefit a large segment of the population or a "transportation disadvantaged" segment such as children, elderly, low income, or disabled?
-Potential of proposal to reduce child injuries and fatalities - addresses safety concerns
-Potential of proposal to create a safer walking and bicycling environment
-Potential of proposal to encourage walking and bicycling for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities
-Reduces traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools
-Identification of current and potential safe walking and bicycling routes to schools

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176739

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding is set at $290,000 for Urban projects and $200,000 for Rural projects.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be ready for construction during the 2020 or 2021 construction season.

TA federal funds may be lost if not authorized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) before September 30, 2020 or September 30, 2021. Therefore, all final plans and bid documents must be submitted to the NDDOT no later than August 14, 2020 or August 13, 2021 of your award year. If you do not meet this date, your award of funds may be rescinded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Project Applicants
1. City and County governments
2. Transit agencies
3. Natural resource or public land agencies
4. School districts, local education agencies, or schools
5. Tribal governments
6. Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for or oversight of transportation or recreational trails.

Nonprofit Organizations must partner with an eligible project applicant.

Project applications must be submitted to the NDDOT through one of the following entities:
-A Board of County Commissioners for cities under 5,000 population
-A city over 5,000 population
-Bureau of Indian Affairs
-Transit Agencies
-Federal and State Agencies

All other eligible applicants including school districts and park districts need to partner with their respective city over 5,000 population or with their respective Board of County Commissioners if in a City under 5,000 population. All projects within the jurisdiction of a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) need to be submitted to the MPO by their respective deadline for MPO approval and submittal to the NDDOT.

Urban Projects: All projects within the corporate boundaries of the following cities: Bismarck, Devils Lake,
Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Mandan, Minot, Valley City, Wahpeton, West Fargo, and
Williston. If a TA project is within the urbanized boundary of the MPO, it will be considered an urban
project and should be submitted as such.

Rural Projects: All other cities and all counties.

Items not eligible for funding are preliminary and construction engineering, environmental impact mitigation, right of way acquisition, utilities, and construction items determined to be not eligible for federal aid. These costs are a 100% sponsor responsibility.

Pre-Application Information:

These costs will be funded with federal aid to a maximum of 80%. The project sponsor must provide the match of 20%.

Applications must be received by the NDDOT on December 31, 2018.

Projects in or near Grand Forks, Fargo/West Fargo, and Bismarck/Mandan/Lincoln metro areas must be submitted to the local MPO, with the MPO making submittal to NDDOT. If you are unsure if your project is within the MPO jurisdiction, contact the MPO office in your area.

Projects in MPO jurisdictions must be submitted to the MPO’s and their submittal dates are as follows:
-Bismarck - Mandan MPO: November 30, 2018
-Fargo - Moorhead Council of Governments: December 4, 2018
-Grand Forks/East Grand Forks: Noon on December 4, 2018

Normally, Transportation Alternatives project selections will be made annually in March or April.


Contact Information:

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

Pam Wenger, TA Program Manager
P: 701-328-4787
F: 701-328-0310

Local Government Division
North Dakota Department of Transportation
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0700

TTY: 1-800-366-6888.

MPO Contacts:

Bismarck-Mandan MPO
221 North 5th Street
Bismarck, ND 58506

Fargo-Moorhead Council of Governments
Case Plaza Center Suite 232
1 2nd Street North
Fargo, ND 58102

Grand Forks-East Grand Forks MPO
P.O. Box 5200
Grand Forks, ND 58206-5200

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