MAP-21 establishes a new program to provide for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including many that were previously eligible activities under separately funded programs. The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program replaces the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails*, Safe Routes to School, and several other discretionary programs, wrapping them into a single funding source. The law requires selection of projects through a competitive process.
MDT has issued a call for projects for FFY 2013 and FFY 2014 funding. Approximately $4 million per year is available and applications are due to MDT's Transportation Alternatives office by September 6, 2013. The following links provide further information.
For questions, contact:
Mike Wherley, TA Program Manager
Montana Department of Transportation
* Montana’s Recreational Trails Program is administered by the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks Department. RTP applicants can also apply for both TA and RTP funding. MDT and FWP will keep each agency informed of awards granted through their programs. Information on the RTP can be found online at Montana State Parks Recreational Trails Program website.