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Transportation: TA Set-Aside Program

Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program

** Applications being accepted July 10th – September 22nd **local transportation project deliver workshops

SPC is pleased to announce the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TA Set-Aside), formerly the Transportation Alternatives Program, or TA Set-Aside, will begin accepting applications on Monday, July 10th. The TA Set-Aside Program is a dedicated federal funding program that assists in advancing the Vision, Policies and Strategies found in Mapping the Future: The Southwestern PA Plan – the region’s adopted long range plan. The TA Set-Aside Program is an implementation vehicle for locally sponsored projects to provide accessibility, mobility and environmental benefits to communities, and the region as a whole, by advancing new connections to community activity centers, public transportation, and recreational facilities through the provision of safe and secure multimodal facilities.

The TA Set-Aside Program provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, 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 program projects; and, safe routes to school projects.

SPC is the federally mandated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, which encompasses the Counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland. SPC receives a yearly sub-allocation of approximately $1.8 million in federal Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program funding; selected projects will be awarded funding for federal fiscal years 2019 and 2020. This funding is separate from, and in addition to, TAP funding from PennDOT and is awarded using a competitive selection process.

This year, in order to be considered for TA Set-Aside funding from SPC, applicants are required to submit their applications through PennDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Funding Site.  Project applications located within the SPC region will be given the option to apply to the SPC program when the project’s Primary County is located within the SPC region.  An additional tab titled “SPC Add-on” within the PennDOT application will appear once the Primary County drop-down box is chosen. Once the questionnaire under the SPC Add-on tab is completed, the project will be eligible for SPC TAP funding.  Please note that the SPC Program Guidance is located on the PennDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Funding Site under the Large MPO Application Materials section

As required by the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Statewide Program Guidance, applicants are required to meet with SPC staff to discuss their project application.  Please email the SPC TA Set-Aside Coordinator, Andy Waple, to arrange a meeting. SPC can arrange a video/phone conference if the applicant is unable to travel to the SPC offices.

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In December of 2015 the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST) was passed, renaming the previous "Transportation Alternatives Program" to the "Set-Aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program". For clarity, the current program is referred to as the "Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside or TA Set-Aside" program. The Transportation Alternatives Program was introduced in 2012 by section 1122 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act and is codified at 23 U.S.C.  Sections 213(b) and 101(a)(29). The TA Program combined a number of previous stand-alone programs, including Transportation Enhancements (TE), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), Scenic Byways (Byways) and the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

The TA Set-Aside Program provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, 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, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; safe routes to school projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

Eligible types of projects under the TA Set-Aside include:

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
  • Safe Routes for Non-Driver Projects and Systems
  • Construction of Turnouts, Overlooks and Viewing Areas
  • Pedestrian, Indiana County
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    Vegetation  Management
  • Preservation, Rehabilitation and Operation of Historic Transportation Structures and Facilities
  • Preservation of Abandon Railway Corridors for Pedestrian and Bicycle Trails
  • Inventory and Control of Outdoor Advertising
  • Archeological Activities
  • Environmental Mitigation

Entities that are eligible to receive TA Set-Aside funds include:

  • Local governments;
  • Regional transportation authorities
  • Transit agencies;
  • Natural resource or public land agencies;
  • School districts, local education agencies, and schools;
  • Tribal governments;
  • Nonprofit organizations that oversee the administration of local transportation safety programs (all other nonprofits are ineligible); and
  • Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails that the State determines to be eligible, consistent with the goals of subsection (c) of section 213 of title 23

Click below for additional information on the awarded applications from SPC's 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program:

Some current Transportation Alternatives Program projects being implemented in the region include:

 


 

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