The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside program is designed to help expand transportation choices and enhance the transportation experience. Federal regulations define categories of eligible activities encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation 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 storm water and habitat connectivity. With the passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the TA Set-Aside program replaced the similar Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).

2019 Program Solicitation

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) will expire in 2020. To be prepared for subsequent legislation, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) invites municipalities to submit proposals for projects to be funded under the Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside Program  for federal fiscal years 2021 through 2025. Per guidance from the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), applications may be submitted for the following types of projects: on-and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, multi-use trail projects, and safe routes to school projects. The minimum allowable project cost is $500,000, and projects cannot be combined to meet this minimum.  Per the request for proposals and related documents linked below, CRCOG is soliciting applications for new projects to be funded utilizing the TA Set-Aside funding. Please note that while this solicitation assumes the continuation of current funding levels and project eligibility, future legislation will dictate the number and type of projects that will be initiated under this program. Therefore, selection under this solicitation does not guarantee project eligibility or funding.

To apply for funding under the TA Set-Aside program, please send the following materials to Ms. Cara Radzins, CRCOG Principal Transit Planner, by 3:00pm on Monday, May 6, 2019:

  • Three (3) completed and signed hardcopies of the TA Set-Aside Program Application
  • Three (3) completed hardcopies of any additional supplemental materials required for the application (cost estimate, location map, concept plan, etc.).
  • Digital files of the completed TA Set-Aside Program Application and Cost Estimate (in original file formats with functioning fields/cells) and PDFs of other provided supplemental documents. Please submit the digital files on a flash drive or, if size allows, via email to Cara Radzins.

2016 Program Solicitation

In September 2016, CRCOG issued a request for TA Set-Aside Program proposals for projects to be funded with Federal Fiscal Year 2016 through 2020 funds.  All interested agencies were requested to submit project applications by November 2016.  In January 2017, as a result of the solicitation, four proposals representing projects from Rocky Hill, Hartford, New Britain, and Ellington were submitted to CTDOT for funding consideration.

2011 Program Solicitation

In October 2011, CRCOG issued a request for STP-Enhancement proposals for projects to be funded with Federal Fiscal Year 2013 through 2016 funds.  All interested agencies were requested to submit project applications by December 2011.  In February 2012, as a result of the solicitation, three proposals representing projects from Bloomfield, Manchester and Rocky Hill were submitted to CTDOT for funding.  With the passage of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) federal transportation bill the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) replaced the STP-Enhancement program, and the selected projects that advanced were scheduled to utilize TAP funding.

Contact Cara Radzins for more information on the TA Set-Aside Program.