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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.

Example Forms

For more information, please contact Duane Scott, at 207-624-3309 or duane.scott@maine.gov

Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program transitioned to TA Program in 2012

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.

Safe Routes to Schools

Safe Routes to School is now an eligible activity under the TA program to enable, and encourage, children; including those with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to/from school and after school activities. Major goals of the program are to increase bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety, and to assist communities in improving conditions for walking and bicycling to school. MaineDOT seeks projects that substantially improve the ability of students to walk, and bicycle, within two miles of an elementary or middle school. These applications are typically available in the spring of even numbered years.

Safe Routes to School programs ares intended to provide resources for infrastructure improvements and activities to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school and after school activities. Infrastructure improvements such as school zone lights, traffic calming and sidewalk improvements are intended to be part of a larger effort within communities to improve conditions and raise awareness of the benefits of walking and biking to school. The Safe Routes to School Program is the only program within the Quality Community Program that provides up to 100 percent funding for projects within 2 miles of an elementary or middle school. Infrastructure improvements must be within two miles of a school to make walking and biking safer for students (e.g. for sidewalks, signage, crossings, bike lanes, traffic calming, etc.).

For more information on the Safe Routes to School Program and projects funded through this program, visit http://www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/saferoutes/, and you can view the success reports at www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/

 



This page last updated on 8/25/14