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Active Transportation Funding Opportunities

 

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Opportunities/Federal Transit and Federal Highway Funds


Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding Opportunities/Federal Transit and Federal Highway Funds

Information on this page indicates potential eligibility for pedestrian and bicycle projects under Federal Transit and Federal Highway programs.

 

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) Recreational Trail Grant

Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) Recreational Trails Grants - Next Deadline February 1, 2018

 

TPWD administers the National Recreational Trails Fund in Texas under the approval of  the Federal Highway Administration. This federally funded program receives its funding from a portion of federal gas taxes paid on fuel used in non-highway recreational vehicles. The grants can be up to 80 percent of project cost with a maximum of $200,000 for non-motorized trail grants and $400,000 for motorized off-highway vehicle grants. Funds can be spent on both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail projects such as the construction of new recreational trails, to improve existing trails, to develop trailheads or trailside facilities, and to acquire trail corridors.

 

For more information on Recreational Trail Grants, call 512-538-4427.

 

2017 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Call for Projects (North Central Texas Region)

 

The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) Program was authorized under Section 1109 of Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (the current transportation funding and authorization bill) and provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. The TA Set-Aside Program is similar to the former Transportation Alternatives Program, Transportation Enhancement, and Safe Routes to School programs.

 

The 12-county NCTCOG Metropolitan Planning Area has been sub-allocated approximately $23 million in TA Set-Aside Program funds which will be available to award as part of a 2017 Call for Projects in our region. General types of projects eligible under this program include on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure associated with Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects that will substantially improve safety and the ability for students to walk and bicycle to school.

 

2017 Awarded and Funded Projects (North Central Texas Region)

 

On June 8, 2017, the Regional Transportation Council approved 34 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program projects that fall within NCTCOG's Metropolitan Planning Area.

 

Click here for a list of funded projects in the region.

Click here for a map of the funded project locations.

 

 

 

2017 TA Set-Aside Program Call for Projects Application Materials

Call Opened:  December 12, 2016 

Deadline to Submit:  February 24, 2017 by 5:00 pm

 

Note: PDF files can be viewed with the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

 

 

*Includes clarification related to the submittal of documentation for right-of-way or easements associated with the project, as approved by the Regional Transportation Council.

 

TA Set-Aside Program Application Workshop Materials - December 14, 2016

 

An application workshop was held on December 14, 2016 at NCTCOG offices where staff reviewed application submittal requirements for the Call for Projects, including eligible project categories, eligible entities to receive funding, evaluation and scoring priorities, and questions related to the application process.

 

 

Board Meetings

 

December 2, 2016  Action to Approve Program Guidelines  

Surface Transportation Technical Committee Meeting Presentation

December 8, 2016  Action to Approve Program Guidelines

Regional Transportation Council Meeting Presentation

 

Application Resources

 

Mobility 2040 Resources

     Mobility Options: Active Transportation Section

     Appendix E: Mobility Options (Active Transportation)

     Regional Paths (trails) and Bikeways (on-street) Networks

     Regional Veloweb Map

     Community Shared-Use Paths Map

     On-Street Bikeway Network Map

     Environmental Justice Index Map

     2017 Levels of Congestion/Delay Map

 

Design Guidelines

     AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (2012, Fourth Edition) (Available for purchase)

     AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities (Available for purchase)

     NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide

     FHWA Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide

     ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach

     Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD)

     APBP Essentials of Bike Parking: Selecting and Installing Bike Parking that Works

     FHWA Interim Approval for Optional Use of an Intersection Bicycle Box

     FHWA Interim Approval for Optional Use of Green Colored Pavement for Bike Lanes

     FHWA Interim Approval for Optional Use of a Bicycle Signal Face

 

Other Resources

     Average Low Bid Unit Prices (TxDOT)
     Costs for Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements (UNC Highway Safety Research Center)

     General Considerations of Different Bikeway Types (Excerpts from AASHTO and NACTO Guidance)  

     NCTCOG Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Density Maps

     FHWA Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)

     FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures

     Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

 

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Resources

     MOU for SRTS Projects - Sample Template

     Resolution of Support for SRTS Projects - Sample Template

     Texas Education Agency: School Report Cards

     NCTCOG’s Guide to Developing a SRTS Plan

     Additional SRTS Resources and Best Practices

 

Environmental Checklist Resources

     Regional Ecosystem Framework

     Texas Historical Sites Atlas

     Texas Parks & Wildlife: Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of Texas

     U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Threatened and Endangered Species

     TxDOT Environmental Compliance Toolkits  

 

 

Public Meeting

 

As part of the quarterly Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee held on November 16, 2016, proposed guidelines for the Call for Projects for the North Central Texas Region was presented to the public to seek feedback. The public was invited to share thoughts on issues related to the types of projects eligible for funding through the call for projects, criteria for evaluating projects, as well as local funding match requirements and the schedule and process through which funding may be awarded. 

 

Proposed Guidelines for the 2017 TA Set-Aside Call for Projects (November 16, 2016)

 

 


 

2015 Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Call for Projects


On January 16, 2015, the Texas Department of Transportation announced the 2015 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Call for Projects. The TAP, as administered by the department, provides funding for a variety of alternative transportation projects, including on- and off road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure for non-driver access to public transportation, projects that enhance mobility, and Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. An estimated $52 million in federal funds are anticipated to be available to fund authorized TAP projects.

This Call for Projects is limited to eligible project sponsors and projects from non-urban areas with populations of 5,000 or less and urban areas with populations of 5,001 to 200,000 that are outside 2010 U.S. Census Urbanized Area boundaries with populations over 200,000.

The TAP 2015 Program Guide and Nomination Form are available for downloading from the department’s website at:
www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/public-transportation/local-assistance.html (Note: Scroll down to the section Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Call for Projects listed under Federal Highway Administration Grants.)

Important Dates:

  • March 10, 2015 - 9 am - 12 pm - TxDOT Regional Transportation TAP Workshop
    NCTCOG will host a workshop for the 2015 Statewide TAP Call for Projects. Local TxDOT district staff will be available to discuss TAP program information and the candidate project nomination process.
    Announcement

    Invitation
    Agenda
  • Presentations
    TxDOT TAP Program Overview [PDF]
    Local Government Projects Overview [PDF]
    Design Considerations [PDF]
    Municipalities Outside the Urbanized Area Boundary - Map
    Municipalities Partially Outside the Urbanized Area Boundary - Map
  • Workshop Video (please note a 25 minute break occurs at approximately 91 minutes into the video; the workshop continues at approximately 1 hour 15 minutes into the video presentation)

  • April 20, 2015 - Deadline to submit a request to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for a letter of support.  Please direct requests to Daniel Snyder at dsnyder@nctcog.org.  When submitting a request, please provide NCTCOG staff with the following information: A brief project description, an area map of the project location, the amount of funding requested, and local contribution.
          "Any proposed TAP project which is located in a single metropolitan area is required to include a 
    letter of support from the MPO and a commitment from the MPO to include the proposed project in the local TIP, should TAP funding for the proposed project be made available. Early coordination with the MPO is essential for project sponsors to obtain their letter of support in a timely manner."


  • May 4, 2015 (5:00 p.m. CDT) – Submission deadline for TAP 2015 project nomination(s).

  • July – September, 2015 – Proposed selection of TAP projects by the Texas Transportation Commission.

 

2014 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Call for Projects (North Central Texas Region)

The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was authorized under Section 1122 of MAP – 21: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (the current transportation funding and authorization bill) and provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. TAP is similar to the former Transportation Enhancement (TE) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

Approximately $28 million is anticipated to be available to fund TAP projects in the 12-county North Central Texas Council of Governments' (NCTCOG) Metropolitan Planning Area. General types of projects eligible under this program include on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, improved safety and access to schools, and boulevards and similar multimodal roadways.

2014 Awarded and Funded Projects (North Central Texas Region)

On October 9, 2014 the Regional Transportation Council approved 33 Transportation Alternatives Program projects that fall within NCTCOG's Metropolitan Planning Area.

Click here for a list of funded projects in the region.
Click here for a map of the funded project locations.


 

2012-2013 Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program

The Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program is administered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). Transportation enhancements were provided under the federal transportation legislation Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient, Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act (SAFETEA-LU). We are currently operating under the new transportation bill MAP-21, but additional dollars remaining from SAFETEA-LU were identified by TXDOT and they issued a statewide call for projects in 2012.TE Logo

The TE program funds transportation-related activities contributing to quality communities, preserving the environment, encouraging multi-modal travel,
and enhancing the aesthetics of roadways. A local match of 20 percent is required for projects funded through TE.

The 2012-2013 Transportation Enhancements Call for Projects opened on September 24, 2012 and closed on November 16, 2012.  The Call for Projects had $70 million in SAFETEA-LU funds available statewide:

  • $35 million to be selected by the Texas Transportation Commission
  • $35 million provided to large metropolitan regions
    • $13,044,101 million was provided for projects in the 12-county NCTCOG metropolitan planning area (formula based) for the Regional Transportation Council to select.

2012-2013 Awarded and Funded Transportation Enhancement Projects

On July 25, 2013, the Texas Transportation Commission approved twenty (20) Transportation Enhancement projects that fall within the North Central Texas Council of Governments Metropolitan Planning Area.

Click here for a list of funded projects in the region.
Click here for a map of the funded project locations

Regional Transportation Projects Selected by the Regional Transportation Council

Projects were evaluated and recommended projects were approved by the Regional Transportation Council on May 9, 2013.  Click here to view the presentation.

2012 Transportation Enhancement Application Workshop hosted by NCTCOG

A workshop was held at NCTCOG on October 22, 2012 with TxDOT district representatives to discuss the application process.

Agenda
NCTCOG Presentation
TxDOT Presentation
Historic Buildings Sidewalk Notes
Texas Historical Commission Streetscape Guidelines
Minutes and FAQ


Please forward any comments or questions to Karla Weaver at kweaver@nctcog.org or Kevin Kokes at kkokes@nctcog.org.

 
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