Florida receives funding by contract authority from the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the Surface Development Block Grant. Subject to the overall federal-aid obligation limitation, a portion of these allocations are for transportation “alternatives” or “enhancements”. FDOT administers this federal funding, now known as the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside program (TA), through a competitive process. TA funds a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects and activities that expand and integrate accessible nonmotorized travel choices and make them safer, including on- and off-road bicycle and pedestrian facilities, recreational trails, safe routes for non-drivers, safe routes to schools, and accessibility improvements to help achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Strengthening our economy by enhancing traveling experiences throughout communities, TA also funds cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of transportation infrastructure including construction of turnouts, overlooks and viewing areas; historic preservation and rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities; vegetation management in transportation rights-of-way; archaeological activities related to impacts from transportation projects; and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.In addition to the statewide TA Coordinator in the Tallahassee Systems Implementation Office, there is at least one TA Coordinator in each of FDOT’s seven Districts and the Turnpike Enterprise, collectively referred to as “Districts”. District TA Coordinators serve as the primary points-of-contact to assist governmental agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) and stakeholders day-to-day TA implementation in their respective regions.
Grant Application Process (GAP) Resources
To be eligible for consideration to receive TA funding from FDOT, applications must be received with all applicable project information through GAP. If you have not yet done so, complete the GAP registration process to obtain an account.
TA solicitation cycles vary by region. If you have questions or need further clarification, contact the respective regions’ District TA-Coordinator.
- District 1: Nov.
27, 2023 – March 29, 2024, by 11:00 p.m. Hard deadline.
- District 2: Oct.
2, 2023 – Jan. 16, 2024, by 2:00 p.m. Hard deadline.
- District 3: Nov. 1, 2023 – Jan. 19, 2024, by 4:00p.m. CST (5:00 p.m. EST) Hard deadline.
- District 4: Oct. 31, 2023 – Mar. 1,
2024, by 11:59 p.m. Hard deadline.
- District 5: To be determined and announced
- District 6: Nov. 6, 2023 – Dec. 6, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. Hard deadline.
- District 7: Dec. 18, 2023 – Mar. 15,
2024, by 5:00 p.m. Hard deadline.
Contact the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Land and Recreation Grants Section for information about the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) process (outside of the GAP system). RTP solicitation cycle is Feb. 1, 2024- Mar. 1, 2024. Hard deadline. https://floridadep.gov/lands/land-and-recreation-grants/content/recreational-trails-program
Statewide TA Resources
|TA Set-Aside Program Statewide Funding Application (August 2023)|
|TA Set Aside Program Statewide Funding Cost Estimates Workbook (August 2023) |
|TA Set-Aside Program Statewide Funding Evaluation|
|TA Set-Aside Program in Florida Overview and Highlights (2015 – 2021)|
|Federal Highway Administration Guidance|
|Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) Transportation Alternatives Fact Sheet|
|Federal Highway Administration TA Set-Aside Implementation Guidance Memorandum (March 2022)|
|Federal Highway Administration Bicycle and Pedestrian Resources|
|Federal Highway Administration Bikeway Selection Guide|
|Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (Trade)|
|FDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Internal and External Resources|
|FDOT Program Management/ Local Programs (LAP) is the FDOT primary delivery mechanism for local agency projects to develop, design, and construct transportation facilities with Federal-Aid funds.|
|FDOT Community Engagement|
|FDOT Metropolitan Planning Organization Subject Brief|
|FDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety|
|FDOT Statewide Non-Motorized Traffic Monitoring Program|
|FDOT Work Program identifies how FDOT will use state and federal dollars over the next five years and confirms the Department’s financial commitment. Updated every year with a five-year horizon.|
|FDOT Work Program Instructions|
|State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) is a federally mandated document that includes a list of projects with federal funding in the next four years. Projects listed in the STIP are drawn from the Work Program. Updated every year with a four-year horizon.|
|Partnering with FDOT: A Resource Guide for Local Governments|
|Local Government Transportation Funding Options|
|Trail Funding Options|
Updates and Upcoming Events
|Contact Management System “Self-Service System” for Receiving Email Notifications|
|FDOT Public Notices|