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Transportation Alternatives Program

For Illinois and Missouri sponsors interested in applying for federal funds for local transportation projects, East-West Gateway Council of Governments is announcing that it will soon be accepting applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects. TAP provides funding for a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, 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 set-aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, which was authorized by the current transportation law, the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Call for Projects

East-West Gateway is now accepting applications for TAP projects. The application deadline is June 19, 2017. Please save the application to your computer before filling in the necessary information.

TAP Project Development Workbook
Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Application Form
Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Application Form
Community Improvement and Environmental Mitigation Application Form
Estimate of Project Costs
(excel file)

Funding Availability

For this funding round, approximately $1.4 million is available in the Illinois portion of the region and $8.5 million is available in the Missouri portion of the region. Please note that these funds are an estimated allotment and are subject to change. TAP funds from FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020 will be programmed. 

Eligible Activities

Projects must have a direct relationship to surface transportation and funding may be used for any phase of the project, including preliminary engineering/design, environmental, right-of-way, or construction. Under 23 U.S.C. 213(b) eligible activities under TAP consist of: 

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Project
    • Construction of on-road or off-road trail facility
    • Provide safe routes for non-drivers (includes SRTS infrastructure projects)
    • Conversion of abandoned railroad corridor for use as a trail for non-motorized transportation 
  • Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Non-Infrastructure Project
    • Safety and educational programs for pedestrians and bicycles (only eligible for grades K-8)
  • Community Improvement Activity
    • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas
    • Inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising
    • Historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities
    • Vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way
    • Archeological activities related to implementation of a transportation project
  • Environmental Mitigation Activity
    • Storm water management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement
    • Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or habitat connectivity

Eligible Sponsors

TAP funds are available to eligible Illinois and Missouri sponsors in the eight-county metropolitan area, including: Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair counties in Illinois, and Franklin, Jefferson, St. Charles, and St. Louis counties and the City of St. Louis in Missouri.  TAP funds are available to eligible Illinois and Missouri sponsors in the eight county metropolitan area. The map below shows this area.

The eligible entities to receive TAP funds in Illinois includes local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, and any other local or regional government entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails. Eligible sponsors are also expanded to natural resource or public land agencies, and school districts, local education agencies, or schools. 

The eligible entities to receive TAP funds in Missouri are limited to city, county, or transportation-related government agencies. School districts and not-for-profit agencies are not eligible applicants, but may partner as secondary sponsors with any eligible entity.

Matching Requirements

For projects in Illinois, a local match is required to pay for at least 50% for right-of-way and easement acquisition, and at least 20% for preliminary engineering, utility relocations, construction engineering, and construction costs.

In Missouri, a local match is required to pay for at least 20% of the total eligible project cost for each phase of work (i.e., preliminary engineering, right-of-way acquisition, utility relocations, construction engineering, and construction costs).

Project Development Workshop

Project development workshops were held on April 11, 2017 for Illinois applicants at the IDOT District 8 office, 1102 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234 and April 20, 2017 for Missouri applicants at The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave , Richmond Heights, MO 63117. At the workshops, EWG staff provided information on TAP including program eligibility and requirements, project applications, scoring criteria, and available funding.

Illinois Project Development Workshop Presentation
Missouri Project Development Workshop Presentation

Project Review Workshop

East-West Gateway will host project review workshops for local sponsors that plan on submitting a TAP project application.  The workshops will be held on May 17, 2017 and May 24, 2017 for Missouri applicants, and on May 18, 2017 for Illinois applicants. At this workshop, local sponsors receive feedback from a panel of experts with regards to their proposed project application. This workshop is intended for local agencies that have at the very least a specific project concept to present for review. Sponsors are required to submit a preliminary application, including a project location map, before the workshop so the panelists can gain some knowledge of the projects they will be reviewing. Each sponsor will have a half-hour to discuss the project. Attendance at this workshop is encouraged, but not required to submit a project application. To register:

Project Review Workshop Registration

A list of projects funded through prior funding rounds of Transportation Alternatives may be viewed below:

Transportation Alternatives Projects Funded Through EWG

Technical Assistance

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

 Federal Guidance

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




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St. Louis, MO  63102
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last update:  Monday, May 08, 2017