The Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act eliminates the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaces it with a set-aside of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) program funding for transportation alternatives (TA). These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP*. The law requires selection of projects through a competitive process.

The application period is now OPEN. There are several important updates to the TA Program which are described in the link on the right side of this webpage titled “2023 Program Updates.”

Also, please find links to the application and instructions (Capital Improvement and Pavement Preservation), updated FAQs, updated scoring procedure, and information regarding application reimbursement on the right side of this webpage.

Applications are due Wednesday April 12, 2023 at 3:00 PM MST.

TA Program Presentations

There are two presentations that are available for remote attendance via Zoom. The presentations will provide an overview of the program, how to apply, discuss the scoring criteria, and answer questions.

The content will be the same in each session. Below are the links for the presentations. You'll need to register in advance, which you can do at the below links.

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, a recording will be available and posted to the website after January 23.

Important Update Regarding Application Reimbursement
As of November 23, 2022, communities with a population of less than 5,000 and Tribal communities that wish to receive an application reimbursement of $5,000, can now begin incurring costs. Please see the link on the right-hand side of this page titled “Application Reimbursement” for more information.

There have been some changes to the program with the recent Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). This is not an all-inclusive list, but here are some highlights:

  • An application reimbursement of approximately $5,000 will be allowed for applicants from small and disadvantaged communities. The communities that will be eligible for this reimbursement are communities with a population of less than 5,000 and tribal governments.
  • IIJA allows for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to administer their own competitive application process (with approval and oversight from MDT). Billings, Missoula, and Great Falls will be administering a competitive process for the TA funding that is specific to those areas (funding specific to areas with a population of over 50,000). Applications from entities within the MPO and the MPO itself may also apply with MDT’s Call for Application as well, as there is funding that is not population based.
  • The types of eligible entities have been expanded to also include non-profits and MPOs. Local governments, Tribal governments, and school districts continue to remain eligible entities. For non-profits to apply, MDT will require that they partner with a local government.

Schedule

January 6, 2023 Call for Applications is released
April 12, 2023 3:00 PM MST Application period closes
July/August 2023 Application scoring is complete and tentative awarded projects announced
September/October 2023 Tentative awarded projects presented to the Transportation Commission for approval
November/December 2023 Funding, Construction & Maintenance Agreements are executed for each project
January – May 2024 Project development begins
2025 – 2027 Project bidding and construction

If you have questions about the TA Program, please contact:

Dave Holien

Transportation Alternatives Engineer
Montana Department of Transportation
406-444-6118 | Email


* Eligible activities include a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity. Montana's Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department. RTP applicants can also apply for TA and RTP funding. MDT and FWP will keep each agency informed of awards granted through their programs. Information on the RTP can be found on the Recreation Grants website.