The Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TA Set-Aside) Program is a subgrant within the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (STBG). The TA Set-Aside program allows for smaller- scale, non-traditional transportation needs to help local sponsors fund community-based projects that expand nonmotorized travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by improving the cultural, historical, and environmental aspects of the transportation infrastructure. The program focuses on providing pedestrian and bicycle facilities, community improvements, and mitigating the negative impacts of the highway system.
VDOT administers projects that qualify under these four eligible categories:
- Transportations Alternative Activities;
- Safe Routes to School activities;
- Recreational Trails activities; and
- Boulevard activities.
NOTE: The TA Set-Aside focuses on the Transportation Alternatives and Safe School Routes.
Eligible projects must relate to surface transportation and qualify under one or more of the Transportation Alternatives and Safe School Route Activities. See the program guidelines for each activity's eligibility requirements.
Eligible costs for reimbursement include:
- Preliminary and final design / engineering activities including environmental coordination, cost estimates, construction plans and architectural design work;
- Utility relocations and property acquisition necessary for construction. Note that only utility relocations necessitated due to conflict with the proposed improvements are eligible; and
- Construction work including the required construction engineering / inspection and materials testing
This is a reimbursable program.
NOTE: A separate federal authorization is required for each phase of project development. Refer to the Locally Administered Projects (LAP) Manual for a detailed description of the documentation and process required to secure the necessary federal authorization.
NOTE: A project must have a well-defined scope that can be designed and under construction within four (4) years of the project's initial funding.