Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside                            


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The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was signed into law Dec. 4, 2015. It is the first long-term transportation bill passed since SAFETEA-LU and runs through Fiscal Year 2020. This legislation continues the former Transportation Enhancement program’s long history that began in 1991 with the passage of ISTEA.

The Act converts the long-standing Surface Transportation Program (STP) into the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG), which includes a set-aside amount called the Transportation Alternatives or “TA Set-Aside” as set forth in 23 U.S.C. 133(h). The set-aside funding includes all activities that were previously eligible under TAP (Transportation Alternatives Program set forth in MAP-21); encompassing a variety of smaller-scale, non-traditional transportation projects. Administered by VDOT, these projects must focus on non-motorized transportation opportunities and enhancements to the transportation experience. Popular projects include bicycle and pedestrian trails, preservation of historic transportation structures including train depots and lighthouses, as well as roadway pull offs and overlooks!

The legislation provides four (4) main categories of eligibility including the 1) Transportation Alternatives activities, 2) the Safe Routes to School activities, 3) the Recreational Trails activities and lastly 4) the “Boulevard” activities which are intended to reconnect communities along abandoned interstate right of way by installing new bicycle and pedestrian facilities. VDOT administers projects qualifying under the TA, SRTS and Boulevard categories. The Recreational Trails activities however, are administered separately by the VA Department of Recreation and Conservation (DCR).

Next VDOT application deadline:  Pre-application deadline July 1, 2019 with final applications due NLT October 1, 2019.

Applicant workshops have been scheduled for April – see the 2019 schedule below!!!

Transportation Alternatives Program Information

Transportation Enhancement ProgramProgram Allocations

Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program                

Program History

The Transportation Enhancement Program was created with the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991.  With this act, Congress required each state to set aside 10 percent of its Surface Transportation Program funds for transportation enhancement projects. This program offered broad opportunities and federal funding for creative projects that integrated transportation into our communities and environment. The legislation designated 12 activities meant to improve non-motorized transportation, enhance the public’s traveling experience, revitalize communities and improve the quality of life. This program continued with enactment of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) in 1998 and the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in 2005. SAFETEA-LU expired Sept. 30, 2009, and through a series of continuing resolutions, Congress extended the program funding through Sept. 30, 2012.

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Transportation Enhancement Program Information

Program Allocations

Contact Us:

Pam Liston 804-786-2734
Virginia Department of Transportation
Local Assistance Division
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Fax: 804-371-0847


Page last modified: March 13, 2019