Transportation Alternatives (TA)

Transportation Alternatives: A New Era of Mobility

Background

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under Section 1122 of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). On December 2015, the President signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST Act) into law. Therefore, TAP is now referred to as the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside.

TA 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.

Under the language of the FAST Act, TA funds shall be split into one statewide pool to be administered by a state's department of transportation, and into urbanized-area pools to be administered by the corresponding metropolitan planning organizations. 

Transportation Alternatives (TA) Competitions

Local governments, transit agencies, regional transportation authorities, school districts, tribal governments, and non-profit organizations (designated as a transit agency, school, or entity responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs) in the Memphis MPO's Planning Area have the opportunity to apply for TA funding.

Please note that for Tennessee jurisdictions there are two TAP competitions that occur -- a local, MPO-administered competition (Mississippi and Tennessee) and a statewide Tennessee Department of Transportation-administered competition. The available pools of funding for the Tennessee competitions are separate, as are the application processes.

Mississippi jurisdictions may only apply to the local, MPO-administered competition. Mississippi's statewide competition is open only to jurisdictions beyond an MPO's Planning Area boundary.

Memphis MPO Transportation Alternatives (TA) Competition

Proposals are funded in both the Tennessee and Mississippi portions of the Memphis MPO region; creating connections to schools, parks, employment centers, public transit and other community destinations.

Eligible projects are those that improve or expand physical infrastructure to accommodate or improve access to non-motorized modes of transportation including, but not limited to:

  • Sidewalks;
  • Bicycle Lanes and Shared Lanes;
  • Transit Stop Amenities (i.e. shelters, benches, information signage, etc.);
  • Bicyclist and Pedestrian Amenities (i.e. bike racks and storage, bike repair stations, wayfinding signage, benches, etc.);
  • ADA Transition Plans;
  • Pedestrian Crossings, and Intersection Upgrades;
  • Greenways/Shared-Use Paths/Trails

After the application period for Tennessee and Mississippi jurisdictions closes Memphis MPO staff work with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), and the Active Transportation Advisory Committee (ATAC) to review the applications and select projects. There is currently not a Call for Projects open.

TDOT/MDOT Transportation Alternatives (TA) Competitions

Eligible agencies may submit an application to each state’s (TDOT/MDOT) competitive program. Both TDOT and MDOT, along with MPO staff, will work with all successful applicants to ensure that all federal and state requirements are met and projects are completed.

There is currently not a Call for Projects open, please visit the individual Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program webpages for TDOT and MDOT for more information;

Memphis MPO Transportation Alternatives (TA) Award Recipients

The Memphis MPO has TA funds available each fiscal year (FY) for both the Tennessee and Mississippi portions of the MPO Planning Area. The tables below indicate the selected projects, and the federal amount awarded to each project, not total project cost. Agencies applying for TA funds are expected to provide a 20% match.

FY 2018 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Projects

In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, the Memphis MPO had over $1.2 million available in TA funds for Tennessee and Mississippi jurisdictions.

FY 2018 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Awards
Agency Project Name Project Description Amount
DeSoto County, MS Lewisburg School Improvements Sidewalk construction and signalized crossings surrounding Lewisburg School near Craft Road $198,400
Bartlett, TN Fletcher Creek Greenway Phase 3 Extension of Fletcher Creek Greenwal Trail from Byrd Park to Appling Road, includes off-road bike and walking trail $80,000
Collierville, TN ADA Transition Plan Inventory existing ADA approved facilities and needed improvements throughout the city, including all public buildings, facilities, and rights-of-way $150,000
Germantown, TN ADA Transition Plan Inventory existing ADA approved faciltiies and needed improvements throughout the city, including all public buildings, facilities, and rights-of-way $150,000
Memphis Area Transit Authority Transit Stop Enhancements (4 Locations) Transit stop improvements at 4 stop locations will include bus stop signs, shelter with seating, pavement markings, information kiosks, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, and ADA improvements $40,000
Memphis, TN Great Streets Downtown Corridor Planning and Design Planning and Design of pedestrian and bicycle upgrades to the Great Streets Pilot Project corridors in Downtown Memphis, based on the performance of the piloted design $139,316
Memphis, TN Mullins Station Road Pedestrian Planning and Design Sidewalk construction along Mullins Station Road from Macon Road to Shelby Farms Greenline. Project is a continuation of FY 2015 and FY 2017 TA Award $40,000
Memphis, TN North Parkway and Watkins Off-Street Connection Construction of a multi-use path on the east side of the North Parkway overpass. Pathway will provide a safe and separated facility from vehciles traveling in the Crosstown area $80,000
Millington, TN ADA Transition Plan Inventory existing ADA approved facilities and needed improvements throughout the city, including all public buildings, facilities, and rights-of-way $100,000
Shelby County, TN ADA Transition Plan Inventory existing ADA approved facilities and needed improvements throughout the county, including all public buildings, facilities, and rights-of-way $300,000

 FYs 2016-17 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Projects 

The Memphis MPO had over $2.3 million avaliable in TA funds in Fiscal Years (FYs) 2016 and 2017. MPO Staff combined two fiscal years' amount of funding into one pot, in order to award larger amounts and thereby fund larger projects than may have been possible had the individual fiscal years' funding remained separate.

FYs 2016-2017 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Awards
Agency Project Name Project Description Amount
Bartlett, TN ADA Transition Plan Inventory existing ADA approved facilities and needed improvements throughout the city, including all public buildings, facilities, and rights-of-way $120,000
Lakeland, TN Canada Road Pedestrian and Bike Trails Improvements Install several safety and aethestic elements including enhanced crosswalks at two major intersections, trail signage, bollards, and benches $380,280
Memphis Area Transit Authority Crosstown Corridor Superstop Enhancements Provide new shelters, signage, increased sidewalk space, improved crosswalks, and new curb ramps at Superstops along the middle of Route 42 Crosstown's path $400,000
Memphis Area Transit Authority Bicycle Access to Transit Project Install secure bike storage facilities along existing MATA transit routes and select transit facilities (400-500 storage units consisting of a mix of racks, corrals, and lockers) $120,000
Memphis, TN Christian Brothers University Pedestrian Access Improvements Provide enhancements for safer crossings for pedestrians at main pedestrian access points for CBU Campus $600,000
Memphis, TN Kirby Parkway and Timber Trail Crossing Update Intersection improvement project to upgrade the existing un-signalized crossing in front of Kirby High School $176,000
Memphis, TN Mullins Station Road Pedestrian Improvements Sidewalk construction and infill project along Mullins Station Road. Includes new sidewalks, crosswalks, street markings, and curb ramps $85,280
Memphis, TN Shelby Farms Greenline Crossing Enhancements Install Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFBs) at each un-signalized crossing alon the Shelby Farms Greenline within the City of Memphis (9 Intersections) $340,200

FY 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Projects

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015, the Memphis MPO had over $1.3 million available in TAP funds for Tennessee and Mississippi jurisdictions.

FY 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Awards
Agency Project Name Project Description Amount
Hernando, MS Hernando Square Pedestrian Improvements Install upgraded pedestrian crossings and signals around the historic town square and retrofit sidewalks for ADA compliance $136,000
Memphis, TN Macon Road Sidewalk Improvements Install new sidewalks and curb ramps, enhance the crosswalk markings, and improve the design of the intersection with Mullins Station Road to slow down automobile traffic and create a safer environment for all users $640,000
Memphis, TN Westmost Street Sidewalk Improvements Install new sidewalks, curb ramps, standard and high-visibility crosswalks, and signage $268,000
Memphis, TN Chiswood Street Pedestrian Safety Reconstruct the sidewalk for ADA compliance; install new curb ramps, curb extensions, raised crosswalks, high-visiblity crosswalks, and signage $266,992

FY 2013 - FY 2014 Transportation Alternatives (TA) Projects

During the Memphis MPO's first round of applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), MPO Staff combined two fiscal years' amount of funding into one pot, in order to award larger amounts and thereby fund larger projects than may have been possible had the fiscal years' funding remained separated.

Proposals were funded in both Tennessee and Mississippi areas of the Memphis MPO region, creating connections to schools, parks, employment centers, public transit and other community destinations. The MPO was able to award monies toward active transportation projects in every jurisdiction that submitted a proposal even though $4.1 million in requests were received from member jurisdictions for the $2.6 million in available funds.

FYs 2013-2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Awards
Agency Project Name Project Description Amount
Collierville, TN Collierville Center Connect Phase 2 Improvements along Center Street from Starlight Drive to Keough Road, including bike lanes, sidewalks, signage, lighting, crosswalks, landscape improvements, benches, and bike racks  $880,000
DeSoto County, MS Community Intersection Improvements Provide landscaping and aesthetic improvements at highway interchanges and at the Mississippi Welcome Center in DeSoto County $96,668
DeSoto County, MS Delta View Bike Trail and Park Overlook Improvements include signed bicycle route along Delta View Road and construction of park overlook $40,000
DeSoto County, MS Hernando DeSoto River Park Overlook Construction of a scenic overlook with interpretive signage at Hernando DeSoto River Park $36,000
DeSoto County, MS Nesbit Fire Station Trail and Connector Improvements include signed bicycle route along McIngvale Road and Pleasant Hill Road $24,000
Germantown, TN Germantown Greenline Trail Extension Extension of the Germantown Greenway Trail from its current terminus at Neshoba Park to Cameron Brown Park $271,304
Memphis Area Transit Authority Bus Bike Rack Replacement Project Replacement of bike racks mounted to the front of fixed-route service vehicles $36,000
Memphis, TN Ball Road Sidewalks Repair, replacement, and new construction of sidewalks, ADA ramps, curb, and gutter along Ball Road/Ketchum Road between Perry Road and Airways Boulevard, and Manchester Road between Ball Road and E. Alcy Road $250,000
Memphis, TN Central Library Pedestrian Access Includes the instalaltion of a high-visibility mid-block crossing linking the transit stop on the south side of Poplar Avenue with the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to the north $75,000
Memphis, TN Dunbar Elementary School Safety Project Improve conditions for pedestrian travel in the vicinity of Dunbar Elementary School, including sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, and signs $100,000
Memphis, TN Hanley Elementary School Safety Improve conditions for pedestrian travel in the visinity of Hanley Elementary School, including sidewalks, ADA curb ramps, crosswalks, and signs $120,000
Memphis, TN Mississippi Blvd. Signalized Pedestrian Crossing Installation of bulb-outs, curb ramps, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals and countdown timers at the intersections of Mississippi Blvd. and Walker, McLemore, and South Parkway $130,000
Memphis, TN Range Line Road Sidewalks Construction of sidewalk, curb, and gutter along sections of the west side of Range Line Road between St. Elmo Avenue and Wellons $179,000
Memphis, TN Wolf River Greenway Phase 5 Construction of a two-way cycle track to connect the terminus of planned WRG Phase 4 at Nedra Avenue to existing bicycle facilities at Chelsea and McLean $271,305
Southaven, MS Carriage Hills Subdivision Bike/Ped Improvements Construction of sidewalks and bicycle lanes in Carriage Hills Subdivision north of Rasco Road $150,000

 

 

 

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