Porter Park Pathway, City of Mesa
Prior to 2013, there were three distinct types of federal formula funds that were apportioned to the state: Transportation Enhancements (TEA), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and the Recreational Trails Program. In July 2012, the federal government passed the new federal transportation authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). MAP-21 consolidated these three programs into one federal formula funding category called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA). The MAG region receives about $4.4 million per year for this program. There are two categories of projects: Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects. Previously, local schools have applied for TEA and SRTS funds through ADOT. With the TA program, all applications must come through a MAG member agency. Local schools interested in submitting projects should contact their city/town/agency representative for more information.
In coordination with its members, MAG has developed goals and objectives for the MAG TA program, specific eligible activities for the MAG TA program and a multi-disciplined evaluation team for infrastructure TA projects.
In the Fall of 2013, MAG held a call for TA infrastructure projects for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017. $12 million total was available for funding for FY 2015-2017. There were 33 applications received, with total requests exceeding $24.5 million. Through the evaluation process, 13 projects were approved for funding by the MAG Regional Council (see “Final Project Rankings”).
Local schools interested in applying for future rounds of TA infrastructure funding should coordinate with their local agency contacts (see “Transportation Alternatives Local Agency Contact list” document below). All TA applications must be submitted through a MAG member agency.
As part of the MAG TA program, a set-aside of $400,000 per year (or 9% of the total TA funding) has been provided for non-infrastructure Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects for FY2015, 2016, and 2017. A separate application for non-infrastructure SRTS projects can be found here. The call for non-infrastructure SRTS projects began in January 2014. If any local schools have a non-infrastructure SRTS project idea, they should contact their city/town/agency representative as noted below in the TA City/Town/Agency Contacts for more information on the TA non-infrastructure SRTS program.
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Transportation Planner III