Pennsylvania Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program

Program Guidance for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT's) Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TA Set-Aside) is now available. The application cycle officially opens June 28, 2021. At least $18 Million Statewide and approximately $8 Million Regionally will be available during the 2021 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside.

PennDOT has developed a website to provide general information and all the resources necessary for the TA Set-Aside Program, including Program Guidance, the funding application, contact information, and other resources. PennDOT’s TA Set-Aside Program funding site can be accessed via this link: Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (penndot.gov).

A new TA Set-Aside Application system was developed for 2021. Sponsors will be required to register in the new system prior to beginning their application. Detailed registration and application instructions are located in Appendix A and B of the guidance. Use the Regional Program Interest Form to let us know you are interested in the TA Set-Aside Program so we can learn about your project and help where needed.
Project sponsors must now submit a Pre-Application and meet with their PennDOT District and Planning Partner before completing and submitting a Final Application.

The Pre-Application, which must be submitted through the application system by August 16, 2021, will collect project sponsor information, project details, and the proposed project alignment/location, which will be used for screening of the project. Submission of this Pre-Application will initiate a workflow to the corresponding PennDOT District. Upon receiving and reviewing this Pre-Application, PennDOT District staff will schedule a meeting with the project sponsor and Planning Partner to discuss the project. Meetings must be scheduled at least one month before the applications are due. Applications must be submitted no later than October 15th by 4:00 PM.

Examples of eligible TA Set-Aside projects include bicycle or pedestrian facilities, conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails, overlooks and viewing areas, historic preservation and rehab of historic transportation facilities, vegetation management, and wildlife mortality mitigation projects, among other types. Local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, local education agencies, or schools, and tribal governments are eligible to apply for the competitive TA Set-Aside funds.

If you have questions please reach out to Joe Banks, jbanks@dvrpc.org.

Additional Documentation

Additional Notes

Recreational Trails Program remains unchanged from SAFETEA-LU. The process is still administered through DCNR’s Community Recreation and Conservation Program, which is conducted annually.

There are several Transportation Enhancement activities that are no longer eligible under the Transportation Alternatives Program:

  • Safety and educational activities for pedestrians and bicycles for non-SRTS projects.
  • Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites.
  • Scenic or historic highway programs (including visitor and welcome centers).
  • Historic preservation as an independent activity unrelated to historic transportation facilities.
  • Operation of historic transportation facilities.
  • Archaeological planning and research undertaken for proactive planning. This category now must be used only as mitigation for highway projects.
  • Transportation museums.

Resources

Joseph BanksAssistant Manager, Office of PA Project Implementation
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