Photo of the Wilkes-Barre levee trails by Mark James

Transportation Funding Available!

February 2014

PennDOT has opened a statewide round of funding for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project applications. The TAP Application form, TAP Program Guidance, and additional information is available on PennDOT’s website

Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, local education agencies, schools, and tribal governments are eligible to apply for TAP funds.  Applications for this funding round will need to be submitted by April 4, 2014.   

If you are interested in applying, please carefully read through the TAP Program Guidance document on PennDOT’s website, as it covers project eligibility, sponsor eligibility, funding, project selection criteria, regulatory requirements, funding round schedule, and other important subjects.  

The Transportation Alternatives Program is a federal program that offers funding opportunities to expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience.  Funding is provided for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives in federal legislation, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, recreational trail projects, and safe routes to school projects.  A partial list of eligible project activities includes: sidewalks, bike lanes, wide paved shoulders, off-road trails, rail trails, pedestrian signals, traffic calming, lighting, bicycle & pedestrian education for grades K-8, scenic overlooks, and historic preservation of historic transportation facilities.  

Projects will be selected on the degree to which the sponsor addresses all selection criteria outlined in the TAP Program Guidance.  To speed project implementation, PennDOT will place emphasis on projects that will be ready for construction by September 30, 2016.  Projects with complex right-of-way, utility, environmental, public support or other issues that would add cost or delay delivery will score lower and are less likely to be selected.  Another key criterion in the review of applications will be reasonableness of cost.      

PennDOT staff will be holding a webinar related to this TAP funding round on February 13, 2014, starting at 1:00 PM.  If you are interested in participating in this 1-hour webinar, below are the login instructions:  

Web Conference URL:

Conference dial-in #:  1-855-750-1027

Conference PIN #:  440945 

If you have questions about this TAP application round or candidate projects, feel free to contact Steve Herman (below).   


Steve Herman, AICP

Transportation Planning

SEDA-Council of Governments

201 Furnace Road

Lewisburg, PA  17837

Ph: 570-524-4491    Fax: 570-524-9190