Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funds may be used for the construction and planning of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
An eligible project sponsor must be a local government in the Ogden-Layton or Salt Lake City-West Valley City Urbanized Area, Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), or Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Other entities interested in applying must submit a letter in cooperation with an eligible project sponsor.
Funds may be used for construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians; bicyclists; and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming techniques, lighting, and other safety-related infrastructure that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, and in an effort to achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Funding eligibility includes Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects.
By population formula, the federal government currently annually apportions approximately $400,000 – $500,000 in TAP funds to the Ogden-Layton Urbanized Area and approximately $800,000 – $900,000 to the Salt Lake City-West Valley City Urbanized Area. Applicants will compete for funds available in the federal fiscal year 2020.
In order for the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) staff to recommend that a sponsor submit an application, a “Letter of Intent” must be submitted and include the project name, project limits, brief project description, type of funds sought, and estimated cost. A list of all of the projects appropriately submitted will be distributed to members of the Councils of Governments (COGs) and then reviewed by WFRC to determine program eligibility. Letters of Intent are due by October 30, 2017 to Ben Wuthrich. This letter should be signed by the Mayor, Commissioner, or executive director of the sponsoring agency.
Sponsors of eligible projects will be notified and required to completely fill out ALL of the following forms for each project by January 18, 2018. These reports will be reviewed for completeness. The projects will be evaluated and scored according to the approved criteria by WFRC staff prior to presenting information to the technical advisory committees for review and recommendation. The projects and recommendations will then be presented to the COGs for discussion and review, and to Transportation Coordinating Committee (Trans Com) for recommendation to the Council. TAP projects will also be presented to the Active Transportation Committee (ATC) for discussion, review, and comment prior to the presentation to Trans Com.
For additional information regarding the TAP, please contact Ben Wuthrich.
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