Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

TRANSPORTATION

Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TASA)

Plan to Apply for the LVPC & PENNDOT Transportation

Set Aside Program?

MEETING REQUIRED BEFORE YOU APPLY!

Here’s How You Schedule…

 

Transportation Set Aside Program Background

In December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was passed, renaming the previous Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to the Set-Aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. For clarity, the program is referred to as the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside or TA Set-Aside.

 

Other than the name change, the TA Set-Aside is largely unchanged from the previous TAP. One notable change is that nonprofit organizations that oversee the administration of local transportation safety programs are now eligible project sponsors.

 

The TA Set-Aside continues to provide funds to build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, and create trails projects that serve a transportation purpose, while promoting safety and mobility.

 

As with previous rounds of funding you only need to apply once for consideration for LVPC and PENNDOT funds.  Over $55 million is available in this TA Set-Aside program round.

 

New 2017 Transportation Set Aside Program Requirements

PennDOT and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) recognize the profound economic and quality of life implications that transportation has on communities. To better identify the needs of communities early in the project planning process, PennDOT Connects requires the consideration of local planning studies, comprehensive plans and other local government input at the onset of project planning.

 

As part of the 2018 Statewide TA Set-Aside application process, and in order to maintain eligibility for funding, the project sponsor is required to meet with staff from their Metropolitan Planning Organization (LVPC) and PennDOT Engineering District staff to discuss their project, PennDOT policies and regulations.

 

In order to assist sponsors with meeting these requirements, the LVPC, together with PennDOT District 5, will be holding 15-minute appointments for TASA program sponsor applicants on August 16th and August 17th.

 

Each scheduled municipality shall have a maximum 15-minute block regardless of the number of projects proposed.

 

Within this strict timeframe, project sponsors will informally present the general scope and intent of the proposal(s) as well as demonstrate how eligibility requirements are met. The appointment time may also be used to confirm whether a project is eligible prior to proceeding with a formal application. Complete details should be reviewed within the TA Set-Aside 2018 Program Guidance and Procedures document, but generally, eligible proposals should fall within one of the following categories:

 

• Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities

• Bicycle and Pedestrian Education (grades K-8 only)

• Conversion of Abandoned Railway Corridors to Trails

• Construction of Turnouts, Overlooks and Viewing Areas

• Outdoor Advertising Management (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)

• Historic Preservation and Rehab of Historic Transportation Facilities

• Vegetation Management (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)

• Archaeological Activities

• Stormwater Management (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)

• Wildlife Mortality Mitigation (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)

• Safe Routes to School – Infrastructure Projects

 

The scheduled meetings are intended as an informal exchange and no PowerPoints or formal materials will be allowed at this time. That said, the sponsor should bring with them a completed PennDOT Connects form.

 

What types of projects have we funded in the past?  Find out at the bottom of this page.

 

Schedule Your Appointment

For an appointment*, please contact:

 

Erin Willis

ewillis@lvpc.org

610.264.4544

 

*Please note that LVPC will be assigning appointments and that specific time requests will not be accepted.

 

Resources

 

TASA Informational Meeting Presentation

 

Statewide TASA Program Guidance and Procedures

 

LVPC Long-Range Transportation Plan

 

LVPC Comprehensive Plan

 

LVPC WalkLV Interactive Sidewalk Inventory

 

 

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

961 Marcon Boulevard - Suite 310

Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-4544

Toll Free: (888) 627-8808

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