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TDOT Announces 2 Grant Opportunities for Local Transportation Projects

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; September 22, 2014:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Transportation is pleased to announce two grant opportunities designed to assist local communities with transportation projects and planning. This is the second grant cycle for the Multimodal Access Grants, and the first year for the Community Transportation Planning Grants.

The Multimodal Access Grant program supports the safety and transportation needs of transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists through infrastructure projects that address existing gaps along the state highway network.

Examples of projects eligible under the Multimodal Grant Program include sidewalks and pedestrian crossing improvements, bus shelters, park and ride facilities, and bicycle lanes. Multimodal Access projects will be funded 95% by TDOT, with 5% funded with local matching funds. Total project costs are not to exceed $1 million.

Project requests for funding must be submitted to TDOT through Rural and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (RPOs/MPOs). Applications must be received by TDOT no later than December 10, 2014.

The Multimodal Access Grant guidelines and application are available on our website at: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/publictrans/fund.htm. For more information about the application or grant program, please contact Jessica Wilson at 615.741.5025 or by email at Jessica.L.Wilson@tn.gov.

The new Community Transportation Planning Grant program is being administered through TDOT’s Long Range Planning Division to assist smaller municipalities with transportation planning services. The program aims to help these communities develop local transportation plans that support the statewide transportation system. Planning activities eligible for the grants include corridor studies, complete street plans, local road concepts, transportation ordinances, pedestrian and bicycle master plans, road diet analysis, and transportation systems management and operations. The maximum grant for planning services shall not exceed $250,000 and will require a local 10% match.

Grant applications must be submitted through each municipal jurisdiction’s Regional Planning Organization. Applications must be submitted by the RPOs to TDOT no later than December 10, 2014.

The Community Transportation Planning information packet and application can be found at http://www.tn.gov/tdot/longrange/planninggrant.htm. For more information about the application or grant program, please contact Jack Qualls at 865.594.2662 or by email at Jack.Qualls@tn.gov.