Transportation Planning

Transportation Alternatives Program

2016 TA Application (for 2021 funding)

West Central Initiative helps coordinate the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program in west central Minnesota. Applications are typically solicited in late fall. The annual Transportation Alternatives program (TA) funding solicitation is now open. As was the case last year, TA includes Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Scenic Byways. Funding will be available for projects to be constructed in 2021.​

Please note that a Letter of Intent (LOI) for applications was due in October; communities that did not submit a letter of intent will not be able to apply for TA funding for the current funding cycle.

Each year, West Central Initiative helps coordinate the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program in west central Minnesota. TA combines funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School infrastructure, and Scenic Byways - separate programs under the previous federal transportation bill - into one grant program. 

Eligible TA activities include:

  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities
  • Safe Routes for Non-Drivers
  • Conversion of Abandoned Railway Corridors to Trails
  • Scenic Turnouts and Overlooks
  • Community Improvement Activities, such as
    • Outdoor Advertising Management
    • Historic Preservation & Rehab of Historic Transportation Facilities
    • Vegetation Management
    • Archaeological Activities
  • Environmental Mitigation Activities, such as
    • Stormwater Mitigation
    • Wildlife Management

Examples of previously-funded projects in the west central TA include:

  • Battle Lake to Glendalough Interconnection Trail (funded 2013) = $175,000
  • Tower Road bridge trail in Fergus Falls (funded 2013) = $425,000
  • City of Ottertail bike trail (funded 2012) = $189,750
  • Moorhead pedestrian underpass at 20th Street and 40th Avenue (funded 2012) = $310,250
  • Villard bike trail to Villard city beach (funded 2012) = $100,000
  • Lake LeHomme Dieu bike path (funded 2011) = $192,300
  • Otter Tail County Highway 1 bike trail (funded 2011) = $144,300
  • Highway 10 aesthetic and beautification improvements (funded 2011) = $260,500
  • Phelps Mill bridge restoration (funded 2010) = $273,600
  • Pelican Rapids River Park and Pathway (funded 2010) = $125,000
  • Benson Northside Trail extension (funded 2010) = $167,200
  • City of Ottertail bike trail (funded 2012) = $189,750

The minimum recommended project cost for eligible projects is $100,000; projects require a 20% local match. Right-of-way and engineering are not eligible for reimbursement under TA.  

Applicants should be prepared for a brief (approx. 20-minute) presentation and Q & A session at a meeting of the TA Subcommittee in February, when the subcommittee considers and prioritizes the applications.

Please note that a Letter of Intent for applications is due in October; communities that do not submit a letter of intent by then will not be able to apply for TA funding for the current funding cycle.  

Additional information on Transportation Alternatives funds, including a guidebook and fact sheets on the 12 eligible activities, can be found at the following website: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/map-21/tap.html 

Questions about the application and the TA program may be directed to Wayne Hurley at West Central Initiative at 800-735-2239 or wayne@wcif.org.