Transportation Alternatives Program

The ADOT Transportation Alternatives Program provides funding to Greater Arizona through a competitive grant program and a distribution formula that allocates funding to communities based on population. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Pima Association of Governments (PAG) receive their own funding distributions from the federal government and run their own TA Program grant processes. Entities within the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Pima Association of Governments (PAG) boundaries must apply to their TA Programs.

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside from the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program provides federal funding for a variety of smaller-scale transportation projects and activities such as pedestrian and bicycle facilities; construction of turnouts, overlooks, and viewing areas; community improvements such as historic preservation and vegetation management; environmental mitigation related to stormwater and habitat connectivity; recreational trails; safe routes to school projects; and vulnerable road user safety assessments.

For more information on the ADOT TA Program, see the complete program guidance.

What projects and project sponsors are eligible?

To see if you are an eligible project sponsor, and if your project is eligible for funding, please review this checklist.

Contact your local MPO or COG

The first step in applying for an ADOT TA Program grant is to contact the MPO or COG where the potential project is located. Staff from the MPO or COG can assist you in reviewing your project and application for eligibility, completeness, and competitiveness. 

If you are unsure of which MPO or COG your project falls within, you can review the map of Arizona’s MPO and COG boundaries. Lastly, to view a list of MPO and COG contacts please click here.

Application Process

You are ready to apply if you have completed the TA Program checklist.

The Phase 1 screening application must be submitted before the August 18, 2023 deadline. Project sponsors whose application meets the phase 1 screening criteria will be invited by email to apply to the phase 2 evaluation process. Project sponsors will need to submit their Phase 2 evaluation applications before the September 29, 2023 deadline.

For a complete list of all the program milestones and key deadlines, please click here to view the program process timeline.

Transportation Alternatives Program Webinar

ADOT has recorded a webinar to assist project sponsors with the application process, evaluation criteria, and provide additional information.

View/Download the webinar slides.

Technical Advisory Committee

The TA Program Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) provides input and helps ADOT determine which projects to fund based on the selection criteria. The TAC includes membership from all regions of the state. Please click here to view the list of members for the 2023 funding cycle.