Transportation Alternatives Program

Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Guidelines and Application:

Federal funds are allocated under the TAP program to transportation improvement projects that expand travel choice, strengthen the local economy, improve quality of life, and protect the environment. Many TAP projects enhance non-motorized forms of transportation like biking and walking. TAP was authorized in 2012 by federal transportation legislation, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), and is now continued under the current federal transportation legislation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

What is the timeline of the Call For Projects?

The next call for projects will cover fiscal years 2024 through 2026. CDOT staff is currently in the process of updating the application and grant submission materials.  Please check back in the months to come for more information. 

What types of projects are eligible for TAP funding?

TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, and environmental mitigation; recreational trail program projects; and projects for planning, designing, or constructing boulevards and other roadways largely in the right-of-way of former Interstate System routes or other divided highways.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Local governments;
  • Regional transportation authorities;
  • Transit agencies;
  • Natural resource or public land agencies;
  • School districts, local education agencies, or schools;
  • Tribal governments; and
  • Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or State DOT) that the State determines to be eligible

How will projects be evaluated?

TAP projects are selected via a competitive scoring process based on criteria identified in the TAP Guidelines and Application. Each CDOT Region administers the call for TAP projects for their respective areas, and assembles its own scoring committee for project selection.

How TAP funds can be combined with the Multimodal Options Fund (MMOF)

The main project type that may be awarded both TAP and MMOF is the design, planning, and construction of pedestrian or bike facilities. TAP funds require a 20% local match. MMOF requires a 50% local match unless a "hardship" can be demonstrated. For a full explanation of local hardship, please see the MMOF page here. TAP funds may be used to satisfy the match requirements of MMOF and vice versa. However, MMOF is not a competitive grant process. Projects are selected by Transportation Planning Regions (TPRs) that meet the goals of their regional plans. Contact your TPR Chair for information on TPR meetings in your region. MMOF awardees will be announced roughly in December, depending on TPR meeting dates. Additional guidance on MMOF can be found here.

Who should I contact?

A map of the CDOT Regions and contact information is included below. Please reach out to your CDOT Region contact for more information including project information, application requirements and training opportunities.

JoAnn Mattson
(303) 757-9866 
2829 W. Howard Pl.
Denver, CO 80204
[email protected]

Wendy Pettit
(719) 546-5748
5615 Wills Blvd
Pueblo, CO 81008
[email protected]

Mark Rogers
(970) 683-6252
222 S. 6th Street, Room 317
Grand Junction, CO 81501
[email protected]

Josie Hadley
(970) 350-2178
10601 West 10th St
Greeley, CO 80634
[email protected]

Matt Muraro
(970) 385-1433
3803 N. Main Avenue, Suite 300
Durango, CO 81301
[email protected]

CDOT Headquarters, DTD
Aaron Willis
(303) 512-4019
2829 W. Howard Place
Denver, CO 80204
[email protected]