In order to qualify for a TA award, a project must be one of the 10 eligible activities. It must also relate to surface transportation. A TA project must be accessible to the public, and may be a "stand-alone" project or an addition to a larger statewide project.
TA funds may not be used for routine maintenance or for TA program administrative, research and/or training costs. However, planning related to a specific project is eligible for funding.
Each state Department of Transportation (DOT) works with a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) representative to ensure compliance with federal eligibility guidelines for TA projects, summarized in the FHWA TA Guidance. In some cases, states may impose eligibility restrictions more stringent than those of the FHWA.
- 10 eligible activities
- Relating to surface transportation
- Fact sheets describing eligibility for each of the 12 TE activities
- Federal Highway Administration Guidance on Transportation Alternatives
- Transportation Alternatives overview presentation, August 30, 2012