The FAST Act eliminated the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaced it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives (TA). These set-aside funds can be used on all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP, which include those that improve access and mobility for non-drivers, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Fifty percent of a State’s TA apportionment (after deducting a set-aside for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP), if applicable) is sub-allocated to MPOs based off of a population based formula, with the remaining fifty percent available for use in any area of the State outside of an MPO. Once sub-allocated to MPO’s these funds are committed through the MPO to Local Public Agency’s (LPA’s) for eligible transportation alternative improvement projects through a project selection process approved by the MPO’s Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee.
When TA funds are available, the Jackson MPO issues a Call for Projects. The Call for Projects outlines the amount of TA funds available and the deadline for project application submission as established by the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee. Project applications submitted in accordance with the Call for Projects are evaluated and ranked by MPO staff according to the guidance established in the Project Submittal Guidelines. Once ranked, projects are submitted to the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee for consideration and approval until all available TA funds have been committed.
The Project Submittal Guidelines document is intended to provide information and reference material to assist local governments in completing project applications for Federal funding made available through the Jackson MPO. These guidelines set the parameters by which the MPO staff evaluates requests for funding and programs TA funds to locally submitted projects.
A copy of the Project Submittal Guidelines used to select projects for TAP funding is available below in both .pdf and .rtf formats. Once the Project Submittal Guidelines have been developed for TA funding, through the FAST Act, they will replace the current TAP Project Submittal Guidelines and be made available to the public below. For more information about the TAP Project Submittal Guidelines please contact Jackson MPO Staff, by email at email@example.com or by phone at (601)-981-1511.