Federal legislation requires a portion of Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding be specifically set-aside for the development of Transportation Alternatives (TA) projects. These set-aside funds can be used for all projects and activities that were previously eligible under the former Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which include those that improve access and mobility for non-drivers, such as pedestrians and bicyclists. Once MPO’s receive their suballocation of these funds from their respective state Department of Transportation (DOT), the funds are awarded through a project selection process approved by the MPO’s Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee to Local Public Agency’s (LPA’s) within an MPO’s planning area for eligible transportation alternative improvement projects.
When TA funds are available, the Jackson MPO issues a Call for Projects. The Call for Projects outlines the amount of TA funds available and the deadline for project application submission as established by the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee. Project applications submitted in accordance with the Call for Projects are evaluated and ranked by MPO staff according to the guidance established in the Project Submittal Guidelines. Once ranked, projects are submitted to the Metropolitan Planning Policy Committee for consideration and approval until all available TA funds have been committed.
The Project Submittal Guidelines document is intended to provide information and reference material to assist local governments in completing project applications for Federal funding made available through the Jackson MPO. These guidelines set the parameters by which the MPO staff evaluates requests for funding and programs TA funds to locally submitted projects.
A copy of the Project Submittal Guidelines used to select projects for TA funding is available below. For more information about the TA Project Submittal Guidelines please contact Jackson MPO Staff, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (601)-981-1511.
CALL FOR PROJECTS