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Transportation Alternatives Program

Transportation Alternatives Logo (TA)Overview PDF icon The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a competitive grant program that funds projects such as nonmotorized paths, streetscapes, and historic preservation of transportation facilities, that enhance Michigan's intermodal transportation system and provide safe alternative transportation options. These investments support place-based economic development by offering transportation choices, promoting walkability,and improving the quality of life. The program uses Federal Transportation Funds designated by Congress for these types of activities.

• Contact Us PDF icon Grant Coordinators are available to assist you by providing more information on the program, guidance on competitive projects, and how to best develop a competitive application.


Application and Program Information

Project Competitiveness Details PDF icon It is important for potential applicants to understand what makes a project competitive for TAP funding. Please review this guidance document and discuss your project idea with a Grant Coordinator.
Grant Application Planning Guide PDF icon The planning guide assists applicants plan project timelines for potential grant applications. Applications are accepted year round.
Apply Online We are currently accepting applications for funding in Fiscal Year 2015 (starting October 1, 2014) and beyond. Please call the grant coordinator for your area before you start an application. Applications must be submitted in the MDOT Grant System. For instructions on how to register for MGS, click here. See a sample application.


A portion of TAP funding is available through a competitive grant process administered by Metropolitan Planning Organizations in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000:
     -  Southeast Michigan Council of Governments     
     -  Grand Valley Metro Council
     -  Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission
     -  Tri-County Regional Planning Commission
     -  Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study
     -  Southwest Michigan Planning Commission 



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