The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a federal-aid program established under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Funding for TAP eligible activities was continued through 2021 as a set-aside in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. In Spring 2021 New Hampshire Department of Transportation (NHDOT) announced a solicitation for the Fourth Round of TAP projects. TAP funds are the primary opportunity for communities to obtain federal funding for bicycle or pedestrian infrastructure projects. Federal grant funding can fund up to 80% of eligible project costs with a required 20% minimum non-federal local match.
TAP applications submitted to NHDOT go through a two-tier review and scoring process. Applications from communities within the SNHPC membership are first reviewed by SNHPCH staff and then scored by a subcommittee of the Transporation Advisory Committee. The TAP applications and scoring are then reviewed and prioritized by the SNHPC Policy Committee.
The SNHPC utilized the process detailed below to review, evaluate, and prioritize TAP applications.
- TAP Letters of Interest were received by NHDOT from communities across the state and reviewed regionally by planning commissions. (February 2021)
- TAP applications were received by SNHPC in March 2021 (linked and summarized below):
- Bedford - construct 3,780 Linear Feet (LF) of sidewalk and granite curb on the east side of Old Bedford Road between Routes 114 and 101
- Derry - Construct a 1,900 LF extension of the Derry Rail Trail between Madden Road and the Londonderry town line
- Manchester - Construct a 4,800 LF multiuse path adjacent to Canal Street between Granite and Brook Streets
- New Boston - Construct a 375 LF grade-separated crossing at Parker Road to connect the existing Phase 2 of the New Boston Rail Trail to the Phase 3 portion of the trail under construction
- Windham - Improve the Greenway Rail Trail from Meetinghouse Road at the eastern terminus to I-93 (Town) and from I-93 to North Lowell Road (State) at the western terminus
March 18, 2021 TAC Meeting- The SNHPC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) reviewed and recommended updates to the region’s weightings for TAP Evaluation Criteria. The SNHPC TAC appointed a Scoring Subcommittee to evaluate projects and develop a prioritization recommendation. The Scoring Subcommittee was comprised of TAC members who represented communities or agencies that did not submit TAP applications.
March 23, 2021 MPO Meeting- The SNHPC MPO Policy Committee adopted the TAC’s recommended regional weightings for TAP Evaluation Criteria.
April 8th, 2021 TAP Scoring Subcommittee Meeting- The SNHPC Scoring Subcommittee met to evaluate projects and develop a prioritization recommendation using regional criteria and weightings.
April 15, 2021 TAC Meeting- The SNHPC TAC reviewed the Scoring Subcommittee’s recommendations and endorsed the Subcommittee’s recommended TAP application scoring and priorities. The TAC forwarded the recommended priorities to the SNHPC MPO Policy Committee for their consideration.
April 27, 2021 MPO Meeting- The SNHPC MPO considered the TAP project priorities as recommended by the SNHPC TAC and voted to adopt the TAP prioritization as recommended by the TAC
- April 2021 Prioritization- SNHPC Staff sent a letter to NHDOT concluding the TAP application prioritization as adopted by the SNHPC Policy Committee. The TAP application priority is as follows:
- Priority #1- Town of Derry
- Priority #2- City of Manchester
- Priority #3- Town of New Boston
- Priority #4- Town of Windham
- Priority #5- Town of Bedford
Summer 2021 NHDOT Ranking- NHDOT Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance scored and ranked all TAP applications submitted to NHDOT. A final approved list of awarded projects is pending DOT Commissioner review.
Late Summer / Fall 2021– Announcement of project awards, approvals from Governor & Council sought.
Fall / Winter 2021– Municipal Agreements sent to TAP Awardees and project funding made available.
For more details about the TAP application process, please visit the NHDOT’s TAP webpage.