Transportation Alteratives Program

The federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for surface transportation projects including bicycle and pedestrian facilities; safe routes to school programs and projects; scenic viewing areas and overlooks; and transportation-related community improvement projects that may include historic preservation, wildlife mortality mitigation, water and environmental quality improvements.
Statewide TAP funds are distributed by the KY Transportation Cabinet.  Some TAP funds are sub-allocated to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with populations over 200,000.  The MPO is responsible for holding a competitive application cycle for projects for our MPO area which includes Fayette and Jessamine County. Once projects are selected and eligibility is determined, the projects are then administered through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

Applying for Funding 

The Lexington Area MPO will be accepting applications for Transportation Alternatives Program funding beginning September 1, 2014 and ending October 31, 2014. Please see the link below for guidance on how to apply. Lexington Area MPO Transportation Alternatives Program Guidance and Application Packet.
Applicants applying for Lexington Area MPO-allocated TAP funds are encouraged to also apply for KYTC-allocated TAP funds (the KYTC application cycle is open now through September 30, 2014).  The MPO has elected to utilize the KYTC’s TAP application to avoid duplication of efforts and to facilitate coordination between the state and local project application/award processes.  Applicants will need to complete the KYTC TAP application (you may submit a copy of the same application you submit to the state) and include an attachment with your responses to the MPO-supplemental questions found on page 4 of the MPO TAP Guidance Document. KYTC Transportation Alternatives Application

Eligible Activities

TAP projects are not required to be located along Federal-aid highways but they must have a clear and defined relationship to surface transportation.  In general, eligible activities include:

• construction, planning and design of on-road and off-road facilities for bicyclists and pedestrians;
• safe routes projects and programs for non-drivers including children, older adults and people with disabilities;
• conversion of abandoned railroads for multi-use trail facilities;
• construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas;
• control of outdoor advertising;
• preservation of historic transportation buildings;
• vegetation management;
• environmental mitigation activities to address water pollution caused by highway construction and runoff & treatments to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality and improve wildlife connections.

See more detailed FHWA guidance on eligible (and non-eligible) TAP projects and activities at the FHWA website here:

Eligible Applicants 

Eligible applicants include:

• local governments;
• regional transportation authorities;
• transit agencies;
• natural resource or public land agencies;
• school districts, local education agencies, or schools;
• and tribal governments.
See further FHWA TAP Program Guidance regarding eligible entities:

Please direct questions to:


Kenzie Gleason
Senior Transportation Planner