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What are Transportation Alternatives?

Communities across America have access to Transportation Alternatives (TA) funds from the federal government to expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life, and protect the environment. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established by Congress in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012 (MAP-21). The Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 replaces TAP with a TA Set-Aside (TASA) of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program, a core Federal-aid Highway Program. Eligible activities include most activities historically funded as "Transportation Enhancements," the Recreational Trails Program, and the Safe Routes to School program.

At the Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange @ Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, we help stakeholders at the Federal, State, and local level understand and implement this program. Follow the links to learn the basics of the TA program or to access state-specific information.

Federal information related to TA is accessible through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TA Web site.

Detailed tracking of the Recreational Trails Program can be found at the Recreational Trails Program Database.


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