Governor Cuomo announces $50 Million in federal Transportation Alternatives grants
On February 10, the day before our New Yorkers for Active Transportation Advocacy Day in Albany, Governor Cuomo announced that applications are now available for $50 million in federal funding under the Transportation Alternatives program for the construction of bicycle and pedestrian facilities and other projects. Read the press release here.
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is a new program created by the federal transportation bill passed in 2012 – Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (commonly referred to as MAP-21). Most activities funded under the old Transportation Enhancements, Recreational Trails, and Safe Routes to School programs are now eligible for funding under this new program.
This announcement, along with the $67 million awarded in January under the Transportation Enhancements program, is a welcome shot in the arm for communities around the state, and it will help get many excellent projects built.
This federal funding is in high demand as more communities than ever are looking for ways to increase foot and bike traffic to downtown business districts and local tourism destinations, and to make roadways safer and more appealing to pedestrians and cyclists of all ages. NYBC encourages cities, counties and towns to apply for this funding so they can invest in the safety, health and quality of life of their residents through the construction of bicycle, pedestrian and trail projects.