The purpose of this bulletin is to alert National Park Service units of the opportunity to partner for project funding opportunities with State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), enacted in July 2012, Congress restructured the former “Transportation Enhancement” activities by eliminating selected eligible activities and combining programs such as the Recreational Trails Program and Safe Routes to School Program.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) provides TAP funding to states and MPOs by statutory formula. Federal land management agencies, including the National Park Service, are eligible participants for TAP funding (23 U.S.C. 213(c)(4)(B)).
Project examples include pedestrian and bicycle and other nonmotorized trail facilities, preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities, vegetation management practices along transportation rights-of-way, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater management and wildlife.
Grant funds for TAP projects are awarded through State DOTs, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), and selected regional planning organizations. Eligible projects include the construction, planning, and design of facilities for non-motorized transportation, conversion of abandoned rail corridors to trails for non-motorized use, certain historic preservation projects, environmental mitigation projects, and more.
Learn detailed information about eligible projects and how to apply for funding by downloading a short presentation (Powerpoint/PDF), TAP Introduction/Update June 5, 2014. This presentation includes a listing of states that have upcoming deadlines for grant applications as of June 2014.
You can also check the current status of TAP application processes, including contacts by state for the National Park Service, by downloading the TAP Program update. The current update is for July, 2014.