2019 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program Call for Projects

The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) Program was authorized under Section 1109 of Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) (the current transportation funding and authorization bill) and provides funding for projects defined as transportation alternatives.  The TA Set-Aside Program is similar to the former Transportation Alternatives Program, Transportation Enhancement, and Safe Routes to School programs.

The 12-county NCTCOG Metropolitan Planning Area has been sub-allocated approximately $8 million in TA Set-Aside Program funds which will be available to award as part of a 2019 Call for Projects in our region.  General types of projects eligible under this program include on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, and pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure associated with projects that will substantially improve safety.

2019 Awarded and Funded Projects (North Central Texas Region)

On June 13, 2019, the Regional Transportation Council approved seven Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program projects that fall within NCTCOG's Metropolitan Planning Area.

Click here for a list of funded projects in the region.

RTC Presentation  (June 13, 2019)
Tables (2 pages) with Project Rankings and Recommended Funding Awards - Approved by RTC on June 13, 2019

2019 TA Set-Aside Program Call for Projects Application Materials

Call Opened:  December 17, 2018
Deadline to Submit:  March 1, 2019, 5:00 pm


Clarification Q & A (February 15, 2019)
Question:  Can a letter be provided in lieu of a Resolution by the March 1, 2019 deadline, with a Resolution to be provided shortly thereafter?
Answer:  Yes, with the understanding the Resolution will be passed at the first available opportunity in the month of March, and must be provided electronically to NCTCOG by Friday, March 29, 2019, 5:00 pm.  The letter must be signed by the City Manager/Chief Operating Officer,  Mayor, or his/her designee.

Board Meetings

December 13, 2018  Information on Program Guidelines    Regional Transportation Council Meeting Presentation

Application Resources

Mobility 2045 Resources
Mobility Options:  Active Transportation Section
Appendix E:  Mobility Options (Active Transportation)
Regional Paths (trails) and Bikeways (on-street) Networks
Regional Veloweb Map
Community Shared-Use Paths Map
On-Street Bikeway Network Map
Environmental Justice Index Map
2018 Levels of Congestion/Delay Map
Transportation Development Credits FAQs

Design Guidelines
AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (2012,  4th Edition) (Available for purchase)
AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, (2004, 1st Edition)  (Available for purchase)
NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide
FHWA Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide
ITE Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach
Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD)
APBP Essentials of Bike Parking: Selecting and Installing Bike Parking that Works
FHWA Interim Approval for Optional Use of an Intersection Bicycle Box
FHWA Interim Approval for Optional Use of Green Colored Pavement for Bike Lanes
FHWA Interim Approval for Optional Use of a Bicycle Signal Face

Other Resources
Average Low Bid Unit Prices (TxDOT)
Costs for Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements (UNC Highway Safety Research Center)
General Considerations of Different Bikeway Types (Excerpts from AASHTO and NACTO Guidance)  
NCTCOG Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Crash Density Maps
FHWA Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP)
FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

Environmental Checklist Resources
Regional Ecosystem Framework
Texas Historical Sites Atlas
Texas Parks & Wildlife: Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Species of Texas
 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: Threatened and Endangered Species
 TxDOT Environmental Compliance Toolkits