MAPA’s Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)


The Transportation Alternatives Program provides federal funding for a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities, recreational trails, safe routes to school projects, community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management, and environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity.

MAPA is required to select projects under this program using a competitive process.


Eligible projects generally include the construction, planning, and design of on-road and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. Projects related to infrastructure that help to provide safe routes for non-drivers are also eligible. For a complete list, please see this page for guidance from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

Eligible applicants include:

  • Local governments
  • Regional transportation authorities
  • Transit agencies
  • Natural resource or public land agencies
  • School districts
  • Tribal governments
  • Nonprofit entities responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs
  • Other local or regional governmental agencies with responsibility for, or oversight of, transportation or recreational trails


MAPA is conducting a call for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects beginning October 31, 2019. Project applications are due by 4:30 pm on January 10, 2020. As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Omaha-Council Bluffs region, MAPA receives an annual apportionment or allocation of Transportation Alternatives Program funding. MAPA’s Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding for a variety of transportation projects including the following activities:

  • Trails & Bicycle Infrastructure
  • Safe Routes for Non-Drivers (including Safe Routes to School)
  • Scenic & Historic Resources
  • Environmental Studies & Mitigation

MAPA has approximately $4.5 million available in TAP funding for Nebraska Communities and $445,000 available for Iowa Communities. This call for projects is for funding in Federal Fiscal Year 2024 – 2026 (which begins in October each year).

Project applications to be considered for inclusion in the FY2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Program should be submitted no later than 4:30 pm on January 10, 2020 to:

MAPA Project Selection
Metropolitan Area Planning Agency
2222 Cuming Street
Omaha, NE 68102

Project applications should be emailed to and questions about this program can be directed to Michael Helgerson at, or by phone at 402-444-6866×224.

FY2021 MAPA TAP Application

FY2021 MAPA TAP Policy Guide