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Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives (TAP) may be used on a variety of projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity. This program is funded through a setaside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program which was authorized by the current transportation law the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Eligible Activities

    TAP funds can be used for projects such as:

    • Pedestrian facilities
    • Bicycle facilities
    • Safe routes for non-drivers
    • Transit stop improvements
    • Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails
    • Scenic turnouts and overlooks
    • Safe routes to school non-infrastructure (K-8)
    • Bicycle and/or pedestrian plans
    • Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities
    • Stormwater mitigation due to transportation project

Eligible Sponsors

    TAP funds are available to eligible Illinois and Missouri sponsors in the eight county metropolitan area. The map below shows this area.

    Eligible applicants include:

    • Illinois
      • Municipality or local government
      • County
      • Bi-State Development/Metro
      • Madison County Transit District
      • School districts, local education agency, or school
      • Non-profit entity responsible for administration of local transportation safety programs
    • Missouri
      • Municipality
      • County
      • Bi-State Development/Metro
      • Great Rivers Greenway
      • Other agencies such as not-for-profit must partner with above agency

 Project Funding

  • Illinois Projects
    • Up to 80% federal funding for:
      • Preliminary engineering
      • Construction
      • Construction engineering
    • Up to 50% federal funding for:
      • Right of way acquisition
  • Missouri Projects
    • Up to 80% federal funding for:
      • Preliminary engineering
      • Right of way acquisition
      • Construction
      • Construction engineering

Call for Projects

    East-West Gateway is not currently accepting TAP applications. 

TAP Workbook

TAP-S Informational Workshop

Transportation Improvement Program

    Federally funded projects must be included in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The current TIP was approved by the Board of Directors on August 31, 2016 and approved by the US Department of Transportation on September 28, 2016.

Technical Assistance

    If you have questions about TAP, please contact Rachael Pawlak by email at or phone at 314-421-4220 (MO) – 618-274-2750 (IL)

Federal Guidance

For additional information about the TAP program, the program guidance can be viewed at:  




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East-West Gateway Council of Governments
One Memorial Dr., Ste 1600
St. Louis, MO  63102
phone:  (314) 421-4220 or (618) 274-2750
    fax: (314) 231-6120


last update:  Tuesday, February 07, 2017