Got alternative transportation ideas? NHDOT wants to hear them

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NH DOT wants to hear your ideas for alternative transportation.
NH DOT wants to hear your ideas for alternative transportation.

A federally funded Transportation Alternatives Program is soliciting your ideas for plans to create non-motorized alternative transportation routes that connect NH communities.

Deadline for phase 1 of the application project is Aug. 6.

According to the NH DOT website, the goal of TAP is to provide choices for non-motorized users that are “safe, reliable, and convenient.”

TAP was created under a federal law known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) to consolidate many stand-alone programs into a single, more flexible program. Programs replaced by TAP are Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails, Transportation Enhancement, and Scenic and Cultural Byways. The Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Department of Resource and Economic Development.

Eligible projects can include:

 • Planning and design of on-road and off-road trails for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation modes.

 • Construction, planning and design of infrastructure that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults and those with disabilities.

 • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation modes.

According to the TAP guidelines described on the NHDOT site, projects require at least a 20 percent match provided by the applicant. The minimum project limit is $200,000 total cost, $160,000 of it federal funds. The maximum project limit is $800,000 total cost, $640,000 in federal funds.

Projects can exceed the $800,000 cap if other funding sources are added. In addition, projects can request less than the minimum cap as long as other funding sources are added to keep a minimum of $200,000 for the total project cost.

Nonprofits, local advocacy groups and state agencies are not eligible to apply for TAP funds.

Guidelines and procedures for TAP funding for local projects have been developed by the 10-member Transportation Alternative Program Advisory Committee (TAPAC) to assist with scoring potential TAP applications using the following criteria. The Department is also using Decision Lens software to create and weigh criteria used in the selection process:

  • Potential for success
  • Safety
  • Socioeconomic Benefits
  • Project Connectivity
  • RPC/MPO Ranking
  • Multi-Modal Connection

For an overview of the program, click here. To submit a plan, learn more here at the NHDOT website, or contact Program Manager Thomas Jameson (603) 271-2107

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