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Transportation Alternatives Program

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Transportation alternatives are a type of federal funding for local transportation improvement. These alternatives are intended to expand travel choices and improve local economies. In order to be eligible, projects must relate to surface transportation and must fall under at least one of 12 eligible categories. Bicycle/pedestrian facilities as well as safety and educational programs for bicyclists/pedestrians are covered by transportation alternatives.

Transportation alternatives have traditionally been a significant funding source for active transportation infrastructure. However, the new federal transportation reauthorization consolidated many programs, including dedicated funding for transportation alternatives.*


Transportation alternatives cover many streetscape-type projects that may interest schools.

* Making the Most of MAP-21 by Transportation for America explains changes in the 2012 Federal Transportation Law, including a printable section on Transportation Alternatives (New).

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