Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TASA)
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Transportation Set Aside Program Background
In December 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act was passed, renaming the previous Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) to the Set-Aside of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program. For clarity, the program is referred to as the Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside or TA Set-Aside.
Other than the name change, the TA Set-Aside is largely unchanged from the previous TAP. One notable change is that nonprofit organizations that oversee the administration of local transportation safety programs are now eligible project sponsors.
The TA Set-Aside continues to provide funds to build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, and create trails projects that serve a transportation purpose, while promoting safety and mobility.
As with previous rounds of funding you only need to apply once for consideration for LVPC and PENNDOT funds. Over $55 million is available in this TA Set-Aside program round.
New 2017 Transportation Set Aside Program Requirements
PennDOT and the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) recognize the profound economic and quality of life implications that transportation has on communities. To better identify the needs of communities early in the project planning process, PennDOT Connects requires the consideration of local planning studies, comprehensive plans and other local government input at the onset of project planning.
As part of the 2018 Statewide TA Set-Aside application process, and in order to maintain eligibility for funding, the project sponsor is required to meet with staff from their Metropolitan Planning Organization (LVPC) and PennDOT Engineering District staff to discuss their project, PennDOT policies and regulations.
In order to assist sponsors with meeting these requirements, the LVPC, together with PennDOT District 5, will be holding 15-minute appointments for TASA program sponsor applicants on August 16th and August 17th.
Each scheduled municipality shall have a maximum 15-minute block regardless of the number of projects proposed.
Within this strict timeframe, project sponsors will informally present the general scope and intent of the proposal(s) as well as demonstrate how eligibility requirements are met. The appointment time may also be used to confirm whether a project is eligible prior to proceeding with a formal application. Complete details should be reviewed within the TA Set-Aside 2018 Program Guidance and Procedures document, but generally, eligible proposals should fall within one of the following categories:
• Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
• Bicycle and Pedestrian Education (grades K-8 only)
• Conversion of Abandoned Railway Corridors to Trails
• Construction of Turnouts, Overlooks and Viewing Areas
• Outdoor Advertising Management (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)
• Historic Preservation and Rehab of Historic Transportation Facilities
• Vegetation Management (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)
• Archaeological Activities
• Stormwater Management (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)
• Wildlife Mortality Mitigation (State Funding Only – Not Eligible for Regional Funds)
• Safe Routes to School – Infrastructure Projects
The scheduled meetings are intended as an informal exchange and no PowerPoints or formal materials will be allowed at this time. That said, the sponsor should bring with them a completed PennDOT Connects form.
What types of projects have we funded in the past? Find out at the bottom of this page.
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$1.27 million in Community Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects Awarded
Front Street Safety + Connectivity Project:
Bike Education Project:
City of Allentown + Community Bike Works
Jordan Creek Greenway + Trail Project:
South Whitehall Township
Broadway + Delaware Avenue Pedestrian Improvements Project:
Fountain Hill Borough
Bike Path Crossing Safety Improvements:
Two Rivers Trail Gap: Northampton County, Bushkill Township + Plainfield Township
The Lehigh Valley Transportation Study (LVTS) on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 awarded the investment of $1.27 million in support of innovative regional and local Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects. Twenty-three (23) municipal application requests competed for an award with the collective ask totaling more than $9 million.
TAP projects build pedestrian and bicycle facilities, improve access to public transportation, create safe routes to school, preserve historic transportation structures, provide environmental mitigation, create trails projects that serve a transportation purpose, while promoting safety and mobility. Eligible project sponsors include local governments, regional transportation authorities, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, school districts, and tribal governments.
Eligible TAP projects include:
Since the 1990s, over $20 million has been awarded locally to more than 50 TAP projects.
“Investing in our local transportation infrastructure enhances transportation and recreation options for all users of non-motorized modes of travel, improves air quality, and promotes connectivity of paths and trails” states Becky Bradley, LVPC Executive Director. The following projects were awarded funding:
Bike Education Project:City of Allentown + Community Bike Works$150,000 Category:Bicycle + Pedestrian Education
Community Bike Works is a non-profit organization that offers a three-point approach to bicycle education. This begins with bicycle safety assemblies where students learn about helmet use, hand signals, and rules of the road. The second approach is the ‘Earn a Bike’ program where students learn bike mechanics and safety over a 12-week period. Finally, students are encouraged to participate in regular guided bike rides on Lehigh Valley trails.
This request includes a minimum of 12 assemblies reaching out to an estimated 1,200 students along with scheduled weekend and summer riding events.
Jordan Creek Greenway + Trail Project:South Whitehall TownshipAwarded: $292,366State Funding Recommendation: $257,634Category:Bicycle + Pedestrian Facilities
The Jordan Creek Greenway & Trail is a 13-mile system that physically and ecologically connects the City of Allentown to several Lehigh County parks and recreation areas. The trail system passes through seven Lehigh Valley Townships, offers an array of recreational and educational opportunities, and will eventually provide a key connection to the Appalachian Trail along the Blue Mountain Ridge. The project has been developing over the course of several years under the direction and influence of a multi-municipal consortium.
This TAP award assures a significant gap in the current network is filled and includes mobilization, demolition, trail construction, riparian buffer plantings, rain gardens, erosion and sediment control facilities, and construction of a 170’ boardwalk. (Sections 48 and 49 awarded. Section 50 recommended for State funding.)
Front Street Safety + Connectivity Project:Catasauqua Borough$292,126 Category:Bicycle + Pedestrian Facilities
Front Street in Catasauqua serves as the Borough’s primary commercial and mixed-use corridor and it currently lacks appropriate bicycle and pedestrian amenities and facilities. The Borough has recently completed an extensive public engagement planning process to enhance this corridor including suggestions for roadway conversions and corridor improvements. The planning effort also recognizes the pending redevelopment of the ‘Iron Works’ site and the significant economic impact it will have on this corridor. This TAP request serves to improve safety and enhance mobility through the installation of street trees, bicycle racks, pedestrian scale signage, street benches, sidewalk, and decorative lighting.
This request further constitutes a shovel-ready project that will leverage private economic development investment and upgrade the intersection at Front Street and Bridge Street with crosswalks, bump-outs, and ADA curb ramps.
Broadway + Delaware Avenue Pedestrian Improvements Project:Fountain Hill Borough$59,950 Category:Bicycle + Pedestrian Facilities
Broadway is a heavily traveled roadway that runs through the center of the Borough and separates many local destinations from adjacent neighborhoods. Residents and school children are forced to cross this road on a daily basis to access parks, churches, and elementary school facilities. While the Borough employs a crossing guard during school hours, current pedestrian crossing facilities are woefully inadequate from a safety standpoint. Accordingly, this grant award serves to improve the crossing at Broadway and Delaware Avenue through the installation of pedestrian crossing signals with LED lighting and count down timers. Additional concrete and sidewalk work will also occur.
This request constitutes a shovel ready Safe Routes To School (SRTS) project that improves bicycle and pedestrian safety.
Two Rivers Trail Gap: Northampton County, Bushkill Township + Plainfield Township$420,562 Category:Bicycle + Pedestrian Facilities
The Two Rivers Greenways Plan lays the framework for a number of environmental initiatives located throughout the Bushkill Creek watershed including the Two Rivers Trail system. This trail serves as a key link for accessing recreational opportunities along and between greenways and further complements an education center that has been built at Jacobsburg Park. This TAP grant award will help the County and Township close a key high priority gap in the system and also fund safety enhancements along the main stem of the 9/11 National Memorial Trail.
The proposal is project ready as a majority of the trail lies within PennDOT owned right-of-way. Completion of the project will offer additional recreational, transportation and educational opportunities.
Bike Path Crossing Safety Improvements:Palmer Township$56,630 Category:Bicycle + Pedestrian Facilities
Palmer Township currently maintains more than 7.8 miles of trail and there are 8 at-grade locations where bicycles and pedestrians must cross heavily traveled state roads. Many of these crossing locations were developed at different times and with different design considerations. Accordingly, the Township will utilize the grant award to upgrade these 8 crossings to current safety standards as articulated in a Shared Use Path Crossing Agreement. In addition, this project will serve to mitigate traffic impacts as several of these crossings lie within or in close proximity to a recognized congested corridor on 25th Street and a high crash corridor on William Penn Highway.
This proposal is project ready and includes gated bollards, signage and roadway marking improvements.
Pedestrian Streetscape Project:Macungie Borough$542,288 State Funding RecommendationCategory:Bicycle + Pedestrian Facilities
Macungie Borough has developed and is implementing a Walkability & Streetscape Plan that includes an emphasis on traffic calming and aesthetic enhancements for their Main Street (State Route 100). A past TAP award was granted to the Borough to assist with the implementation of crosswalks and bump outs, which are scheduled to go to construction this spring. This request supplements the past award and includes additional traffic calming techniques in the form of a center median island, ornamental pedestrian street lighting, street trees, and paver strips.
This request constitutes a shovel-ready project that improves bicycle and pedestrian safety resulting from increased traffic volumes and speed.
Please direct program questions to George Kinney, AICP, Director of Transportation Planning at email@example.com or Michael Donchez, Senior Transportation Planner at firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone 610-264-4544.
2014 Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Awards
1. Manassas Guth Historic Covered Bridge (Lehigh Co.) - $360,000
2. Community Bike Works Youth Bike Education (City of Allentown) – $74,000
3. Victory Park Sidewalk Project (Slatington) - $45,430
4. Safe Routes to School Safety Project (City of Allentown) - $125,000
5. Main Street Curb Extensions and Crosswalks (Macungie Borough) - $347,200
6. Sitgreaves Pedestrian Alley Conversion (City of Easton) - $43,400
7. Bicycle Education for Children K-8 (City of Easton) - $166,160
8. City of Bethlehem Pedestrian Improvements (portion of South 4th Street section only) - $100,000.
9. Regional Expansion of the Shared Lane Markings Network (City of Bethlehem) - $65,500.