Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is part of the Competitive Programs that East-West Gateway Council of Governments (EWG) administers.  TAP projects, like all federally funded transportation projects, are included in the Transportation Improvement Program that EWG develops for the St. Louis region. 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 authorized by the current transportation law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

Eligible Activities

TAP 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 jurisdictions in the St. Louis region.

East-West Gateway Region Map


Eligible applicants include:

  • A municipality
  • A county
  • Bi-State Development/Metro
  • Madison County Transit District
  • St. Clair County Transit District
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Metro East Park and Recreation District
  • School districts or non-profit schools (SRTS non-infrastructure only)

Other agencies, such as not-for-profit organizations, must partner with an entity listed above.

Project Funds

TAP projects are funded with both federal and local funds at the following levels:

Illinois Projects

  • Up to 50% federal / 50% local funding for:
    • Right of way acquisition
  • Up to 80% federal / 20% local funding for:
    • Preliminary engineering
    • Construction
    • Construction engineering

Missouri Projects

  • Up to 80% federal / 20% local funding for:
    • Preliminary engineering
    • Right of way acquisition
    • Construction
    • Construction engineering


Call for Projects

The 2020 TAP Call for Projects closed on August 20, 2020. There is no solicitation open at this time.


Contact EWG staff by phone at (314) 421.4220 or (618) 274.2750 or by email at