Transportation Alternatives Program (Oahu)

(formerly Transportation Enhancement Program)

About the TAP Program

With the passing of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP21), the Transportation Alternatives Program was established to provide for a variety of alternative (i.e., non-motorized) transportation projects, including many that were previously eligible activities under separately funded programs. The TAP 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 OahuMPO Transportation Alternatives Program Guide is now available.

Eligible activities

Funds may be used for projects or activities that are related to surface transportation and described in the definition of “Transportation Alternatives.” [23 USC 101(a)(29)]

  • Construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other nonmotorized forms of transportation.
  • Construction, planning, and design of infrastructure-related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers, including children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities to access daily needs.
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other nonmotorized transportation users.
  • Construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • Community improvement activities, including—
    • inventory, control, or removal of outdoor advertising;
    • historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities;
    • vegetation management practices in transportation rights-of-way to improve roadway safety, prevent against invasive species, and provide erosion control; and
    • archaeological activities relating to impacts from implementation of a transportation project eligible under 23 USC.
  • Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and pollution abatement activities and mitigation to—
    • address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff; or
    • reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.

In addition to defined Transportation Alternatives (as described above), the

  • The recreational trails program under 23 USC 206.
  • The safe routes to school program under §1404 of SAFETEA–LU.
  • Planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

Workforce development, training, and education activities are also eligible uses of TAP funds.