Transportation Planning

Transportation Alternatives Program

2017 TA Application (for 2022 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 2022.​

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.

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.

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/ta/ 

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.