2017 Transportation Alternatives Applicant Workshops 

VDOT's Local Assistance Division has announced the details for the next round of Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside funds that can be used for bicycle and pedestrian projects. 

**The most important change is that VDOT will accept applications every other year instead of annually. This means that after this year, the next opportunity to apply for a TA Set-Aside grant will be in the fall of 2019.**

The due date for the current round of TA Set-Aside funds is November 1.

There are four defined categories for the TA Set-Aside including:  1) Transportation Alternatives, 2) Safe Routes to School, 3) Recreational Trails and 4) Boulevards from Divided Highways. Within the Transportation Alternatives category itself, there are ten qualifying TA activities. New sidewalks, installing high-visibility crosswalks, and building connections to off-street trails, are examples of projects funded through Transportation Alternatives. In Virginia, schools and their communities can apply for TA Set-Aside grants to fund Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects. 

This program is administered by VDOT's Local Assistance Division. Visit their website to learn more and download the Transportation Alternatives Guide.

2017 Transportation Alternatives Applicant Workshops 

Potential TA Set-Aside grant applicants should plan to attend one of the four workshops across the state for a full overview of TA Set-Asides and the application process. The four workshops are scheduled as follows:
 
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 10 AM
Whytheville Heritage Preservation Center
Education Room - Upper Level
115 West Spiller Street
Wytheville, VA 24382

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 10 AM
Smithfield Center
Center C & D
220 North Church Street
Smithfield, VA 23430

Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10 AM
Lynchburg District Office
Ramey Building
4219 Campbell Ave
Lynchburg, VA 24501

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10 AM
VDOT Culpeper District Office
VDOT Culpeper District Office Auditorium
1601 Orange Road (Route 15)
Culpeper, VA 22701
  
Register and find directions to the workshops online.  

If you're not sure if your school is ready to apply for a TA Set-Aside grant, contact your SRTS Local Technical Assistance Coordinator to discuss the grant in more detail.  

If you are just getting started and want to gain consensus around potential projects to improve walking and biking safety, consider applying for a Walkabout Mini-grant. The due date for the next round of Walkabout Mini-grants is September 14. While it is unlikely that this fall's walkabout mini-grant process will be complete in time for the TA Set-Aside application, the Walkabout can be a useful part of your school's SRTS program. You can review past Walkabout Mini-grant reports here