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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced approximately $13 million in funding will go toward 27 Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects around the state. TAP allocates federal funds to transportation improvement projects that expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve the quality of life and protect the environment. Many TAP projects enhance non-motorized forms of transportation like biking and walking.
TAP is a legislative program that was authorized in 2012 by federal transportation legislation, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). TAP combines three programs that were separate under previous legislation: Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program.
TAP is a reimbursement program. Local sponsors incur authorized costs and are reimbursed on a periodic basis and/or upon project completion. TAP is not retroactive, so costs incurred prior to authorization will not be reimbursed. TAP projects are generally funded 80 percent federally, with a 20 percent local match. Federal funds are capped at the award amount listed for the following local areas below:
• St Croix County, $120,000: St Croix County Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan
• West Central WI Regional Planning Commission, $129,600: West Central WI Regional Safe Routes to School Plan
• City of Glenwood City, $348,410: Glenwood City Safe Routes to School Improvements
More TAP information can be found on the WisDOT website at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/tap.htm.