Congress may be beginning the debate on the next transportation bill with a series of hearings, but the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is still working to implement all the changes in the surface transportation bill passed last year known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead of Progress in the 21st Century). You can find resources and updates on the DOT MAP-21 website at http://www.dot.gov/map21.
One of the big changes impacting local governments from MAP-21 is the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which combined the very popular Safe Routes to School, Recreational Trails and Transportation Enhancements programs and greatly reduced the available funding. The new program sub-allocates 50 percent of a state’s funding for the program to areas based on population, with the remaining 50 percent available for use in any area of the state. States may choose to transfer up to 50 percent of their funds to other transportation programs and may choose not to sub-allocate at all. DOT will hold a series of webinars on TAP as follows:
- Webinar 1: Final TAP Guidance and Q&As
Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
- Webinar 2: Panel Discussion of Agencies that Have Implemented TAP
Monday, August 12, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
- Webinar 3: Outreach and Discussion on Program Performance Information
Thursday, August 29, 2013, 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET
Learn about the program and how to take advantage of this opportunity, and share your stories with NLC by contacting Leslie Wollack at Wollack@nlc.org.