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Date Published: 2014-02-27

Contact: Meg Ragonese

Phone: (775) 888-7172

Title: Applications Being Accepted for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)

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CARSON CITY, Nev.- The Nevada Department of Transportation is accepting applications for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects through March 14. TAP provides federal transportation funds for projects that improve non-motorized mobility, historic preservation, scenic accessibility, safe routes to school and environmental/vegetation management.

Under the program, there are two broad types of eligible activities: transportation infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. Examples of infrastructure activities include constructed improvements to improve traffic calming, accessibility to scenic areas, environmental management and more. Non-infrastructure projects include activities that improve the ability of kindergarten through eighth-grade students to bike or walk to and from school. TAP projects may be part of an existing planned project or a "stand alone" project and must be publicly accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"TAP projects are meant to help communities create a unique identity and to foster an active, healthy lifestyle," explains NDOT TAP manager Tim Mueller.

Governmental agencies, tribal governments, school districts, private schools and certain other agencies can sponsor TAP applications. Non-profit organizations may apply only if partnered with an eligible sponsor. Only one application will be allowed per eligible sponsor. Each eligible application received will be evaluated with unique scoring and ranking criteria.

Maximum infrastructure funding will be limited to $650,000 per project and the maximum non-infrastructure funding will be limited to $125,000 per project. It is estimated that $4.83 million dollars will be available for these projects statewide. For detailed information and a list of eligible project categories, visit www.nevadadot.com/tap. To apply, access the project initiation form by clicking the documents/info tab.