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Transportation Alternatives Program

Transportation Alternatives (TA) are federally funded, community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by integrating modes and improving the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. TA projects must be one of 10 eligible activities and must relate to surface transportation.

For example, projects can include creation of bicycle and pedestrian facilities, streetscape improvements, refurbishment of historic transportation facilities, and other investments that enhance communities, connections, and access. The federal government provides funding for TA projects through our nation's Federal-aid highway transportation legislation.

 
In order to be eligible as a Transportation Alternatives project, the project must be in one of the 10 categories listed below and show a clear link to transportation. 
 
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Facilities - Sidewalks, walkways or curb ramps; bike lane striping, wide paved shoulders, bike parking and bus racks; traffic calming; off-road trails; bike and pedestrian bridges and underpasses; ADA compliance. 
  • Safe Routes for Non-Drivers: Access and accommodation for children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Conversion of Abandoned Railway Corridors to Trails: Acquisition of railroad rights-of-way; planning, design and construction of multiuse trails and rail-with-trail projects.
  • Scenic Turnouts and Overlooks: Construction of scenic turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas.
  • Outdoor Advertising Management: Billboard inventories and removal of illegal and nonconforming billboards. Inventory control may include, but not be limited to, data collection, acquisition and maintenance of digital aerial photography, video logging, scanning and imaging of data, developing and maintaining an inventory and control database, and hiring of outside legal counsel.
  • Historic Preservation & Rehab of Historic Transportation Facilities: Preservation of buildings and facades in historic districts; restoration of historic buildings for transportation-related purposes; access improvements to historic sites. Restoration of railroad depots, bus stations and lighthouses; rehabilitation of rail trestles, tunnels, bridges and canals.
  • Vegetation Management: Improvement of roadway safety; prevention of invasive species; providing erosion control.
  • Archaeological Activities: projects related to impacts from implementation of  highway construction projects.
  • Stormwater Mitigation: Pollution prevention and abatement activities to address stormwater management; water pollution prevention related to highway construction or due to highway runoff. 
  • Wildlife Management: Reduction of vehicle-caused wildlife mortality; restoration and maintenance of connectivity among terrestrial or aquatic habitats.
Application and Funding Information

The Transportation Alternatives program is a competitive application program that is allocated about $2 million annually for distribution throughout the state. This year applications were available on June 21, 2013 and were due by August 9, 2013.

Applications are compiled by the Local Government Coordination Office (LGC) and reviewed by a Advisory Selection Committee. The committee is appointed by the Wyoming Transportation Commission and is currently comprised of members nominated by the following entities:

  • The Wyoming Association of Municipalities (WAM);
  • The Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA);
  • The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources;
  • The director of the Wyoming Department of Transportation; and 
  • Federal agencies (Federal Highway Administration - FHWA).

However, WYDOT is currently evaluating the new guidelines to determine the final makeup of the Committee.

Once fully established The Advisory Selection Committee will make project recommendations to the Wyoming Transportation Commission for project approval.

Projects selected for funding are eligible for reimbursement of expenses on a Federal Share basis of 80/20. 

Please Contact:

Sara Janes    
Local Program Coordinator    
5300 Bishop Blvd.    
Cheyenne, WY 82009    
(307) 777-3938    
     
Kenneth Ledet    
Local Programs Specialist    
5300 Bishop Blvd.    
Cheyenne, WY 82009    
(307) 777-4862    
     
Rob Rodriguez    
Local Programs Specialist    
5300 Bishop Blvd.    
Cheyenne, WY 82009    
(307) 777-4181    

 

 


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