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Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program (Formally the Transportation Enhancement (TE) and Safe Routes to School Funding Programs)
Typical types of projects funded under this program include sidewalks, crossing improvements, off-road connections, downtown improvements, etc. The goal of this program is to improve transportation, improve safety, and promote economic development. MaineDOT will schedule site visits as needed after Letters of Intent have been filed. Each year, MaineDOT receives about 2.3 million dollars in federal funds for this program.
To view the types of projects funded through this program, please review the success reports on the following page: www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/
Deadlines and Processes
Letters of intent occur on a revolving basis. Once a project has been deemed eligible by MaineDOT after the letter of intent is submitted, and crucial enough to receive future funding (based on the types of projects typically funded through this highly competitive program), a community will be placed on a list of approved projects awaiting local match and project approvals at the local level. Once the local community has notified MaineDOT that it has secured the local match into an account, and has made the official decision to build the project, the project will become eligible for future funding (based on available federal funding).
Each January, the MaineDOT releases its three year budget. To be eligible for any given budget, the project would need to be deemed eligible, approved, and local match approved by June 30th, for potential inclusion in the next three year budget released each January.
Note: In most cases, if project is awarded, design will be funded first, with construction funding eligible only once Preliminary Design is completed, and once additional federal funding becomes available. An approved project can proceed with design with its own funding to than be eligible for construction funding.
For more information, please contact Duane Scott, at 207-624-3309 or email@example.com
The Transportation Enhancement Program was a federally funded program to help communities improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to provide transportation options that relate to surface transportation under the eligible categories of TE. The TE Program has transitioned into a Transportation Alternatives (TA) funding program since the 2012 Transportation Bill. MaineDOT’s program principally supports locally-initiated projects that improve the community transportation environment, economic vibrancy, safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, downtown revitalization initiatives and environmental mitigation. There is a required 20% local share under the TA program.
Transportation Enhancement (now TA) funding opportunities are available to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience through eligible activities related to surface transportation, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure and safety programs. TA projects must relate to surface transportation and must qualify under one or more of the eligible categories. TA is a primary source of funding for bike and pedestrian stand alone projects in the United States and in Maine. Successful projects must demonstrate that they will provide improved access or improve safety conditions.
For more information on projects funded through this program view the success reports found at www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/
More information about projects eligible under this program can be found at the US Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration’s web site, and http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/map21/guidance/guidetap.cfm.
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