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Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE)


TrADE @ RTC has created and compiled a variety of publications to help you understand Transportation Alternatives. All publications are available free of charge.

We also maintain a historic archive of publications related to Transportation Enhancements developed in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration.

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2017 Transportation Enhancements & Alternatives Spending Report

This report provides an overview of how states spent their cumulative TE, TAP and TASA funds. Now includes an analysis of the changes implemented by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. All past reports are available for download via the Spending Reports Archive.

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Transportation Enhancements & Alternatives Primer

This document demystifies the complex processes of the Federal-aid Highway Program and provides an introductory lesson on the terms, key functions, and workings of the program.

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MAP-21 and Its Effects on Transportation Enhancements

This document summarizes the changes made to the former Transportation Enhancement activities as the Transportation Alternatives Program under MAP-21.

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A Greener Welcome

This document highlights a vegetation management project in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. A large donation, the use of volunteer labor, and community support make this an ideal project!

TA Program Manual pdf icon Microsoft Word Icon Transportation Alternatives Program Manual Development Guide

For state DOTs and metropolitan planning organizations administering competitive programs to distribute Transportation Alternatives funds, developing a program manual can help articulate the history, structure, goals, eligibilities, implementation process, and common challenges of the program for potential project sponsors.

This document is freely available for agencies developing their own Transportation Alternatives Program Manual. The template is also available as a Microsoft Word document.

  Quantitative_Selectionpdf icon Quantitative Selection

A competitive selection process helps states and transportation management areas balance the many factors in project selection by creating dialog targeted at the state and/or TMA's priorities before projects are submitted and reviewed. With this increased understanding, the quality of applications should improve, making the TA program more effective overall.

This brief provides an overview of four states' competitive processes and offers recommendations for implementing new selection criteria.

  TAP_Eligible_Activitiespdf icon Transportation Alternatives Eligible Activities

Transportation Alternatives (TA) refers to the 10 eligible definitions, which are a recasting of the former Transportation Enhancements program. The term Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is an umbrella term used to refer to the total reservation of funding for the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Recreational Trails (RTP) programs which have been consolidated into one funding source with the 10 eligible TA activities.

This document enumerates the eligible uses for each of the programs contained within the Transportation Alternatives Program reservation of funding.

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From SAFETEA-LU to MAP-21: Apportionments

This document provides an overview of changes made to funding of Transportation Enhancements activities and the Safe Routes to School and Recreation Trails programs from SAFETEA-LU to the new Transportation Alternatives Program structure of MAP-21.


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