The older authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. The current bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, eliminates the MAP-21 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and replaces it with a set-aside of STBG funding for transportation alternatives.
For administrative purposes, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as well as OahuMPO refer to these funds as the “Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside” (TA Set-Aside).
These set-aside funds include all projects and activities that were previously eligible under TAP, encompassing a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.
OahuMPO is required to conduct a competitive application process for the use of TA Set-Aside funds; eligible applicants include tribal governments, local governments, transit agencies, school districts, and a new eligibility for nonprofit organizations responsible for local transportation safety programs. The Act also newly allows OahuMPO to use up to half of its portion of suballocated TA Set-Aside funds for any STBG-eligible purpose (but still subject to the TA-wide requirement for competitive selection of projects).
Intergovernmental Review of Federally‑Funded Programs:
“Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Submissions
The Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) is soliciting comments on the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Submissions FFY 2021-2025. We are contacting agencies whose interests may be affected by the projects and are asking for their assistance in this review process.
The objective of the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside FFY 2021-2025 is to provide funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities.
Here are the links to the two project submissions:
Ala Wai Bridge
Rail Station Multimodal Access Improvements – Halawa Station and Waiawa Station
Please complete the review form and return it to the OahuMPO office no later than April 2, 2021.