Transportation Alternatives

Transportation Alternatives

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The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) program provides federal funds for community based “non-traditional” surface transportation projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system.

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Who is Eligible

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  • New Jersey Municipalities

  • New Jersey Counties

  • Regional Transportation Authorities

  • Transit Agencies

  • Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies

  • Tribal Governments

  • Nonprofit organizations may partner with any eligible entity

Program Benefits

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    Strengthen the cultural, aesthetic, and environmental aspects of the intermodal system.

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    Encourage walking, bicycling, and rolling as an alternative mode of transportation.

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    Make active transportation a more attractive option to get around.

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    Provide benefits to vulnerable members of your community, including low-income residents, minorities, those with limited English proficiency, persons with disabilities, children and older adults.

Selection Criteria

Multimodal Facilities

Design and construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation.

Rails to Trails

Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors to trails for use by pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized transportation users.

Scenic Views

Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.

Historic Preservation

Preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities for both land and water such as building structures and canals.

Community Improvement

Activities related to community improvements. Specifically, streetscaping and corridor landscaping.

Stormwater Management

Environmental mitigation to address stormwater management, control, and water pollution prevention, or abatement related to highway construction or due to highway runoff.

Wildlife Safety

Reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality or to restore and maintain connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.

User Mode Choice

Affects the user’s mode choice and encourages active transportation over vehicular travel.

Safety and Health Benefits

Improvements address a safety need and enhances public health benefits.

Project Profile

Delaware River Heritage Trail, Route 130 Bypass, Burlington County

The Delaware River Heritage Trail, when completed, will be a 60-mile loop along the upper portion of the Delaware River estuary. The trail is a component of The Circuit; a proposed 800-mile network of bike and pedestrian trails in the Greater Philadelphia region, and will link 24 communities from Trenton to Palmyra in New Jersey and from Morrisville to Philadelphia’s Tacony neighborhood in Pennsylvania. The trail was initially planned by the Delaware River Greenway Partnership (DRGP) with an advisory committee of government and non-profit representatives from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. DRGP focuses on heritage trail interpretation, which includes trail signage and a virtual trail website. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation serves as the primary organizing advocate for the trail and will assist organizations and government entities in taking the trail to the next stage.

Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Design Assistance

The Division of Local Aid & Economic Development aims to help ensure NJ Local Public Agencies can successfully deliver a federally funded project by removing the burden of selecting qualified consultants and paying for those consultant services from the LPA. The TA Set-Aside Design Assistance Program makes consultant engineering services available to TA Set-Aside grant recipients.

View the TA Set-Aside Design Assistance presentation here.

TA Set-Aside Design Assistance Program Highlights:

  • All recipients of the TA Set-Aside grants are eligible to participate, but not required.
  • Costs, fees, and contracts for the work to be performed must be negotiated by the LPA and the firm of their choice with approval by the Division of Local Aid & Economic Development.
  • Eligible design costs up to $750,000 will be reimbursed.

Consultants for FY 2023 Grants:

Information is available below for the five firms in the 2023 consultant pool:

How to Apply for a Federal Project

Applications must be made through the SAGE system. Instructions are available. The major components are the Scope of Work, explaining how the project meets each of the criteria, and the Data Sheet. All applications must include maps and photos are encouraged to show expected project achievements. All applications are scored based in part on the online applications and supporting documentation.

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