Walk/bike-focused Transportation Alternatives Program recommends 30 exceptional projects

Thanks to the efforts of six talented district coordinators, the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in July forwarded 30 projects to the Idaho Transportation Board for approval. The projects range from educational programs improving children's safety while walking and bicycling to constructing a variety of pedestrian pathways and infrastructure, from FY17-19.

Following an application period that extended from April to June, an astounding 70 TAP applications were received from local sponsors statewide. Thirty were advanced to the board as part of the latest draft Idaho Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP).

TAP Program Manager Jared Holyoak toured all six ITD administrative districts in May to deliver workshops to a total of 85 interested local sponsors.

"The applications were very good, which made it difficult to narrow down the project selection to meet the allotted funding levels for FY2017, FY2018 and FY2019," Holyoak explained.

"The quality of the applications is a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication of the six district TAP coordinators. It was also reassuring to see the relationships these coordinators already have with the local agencies in their areas."

Holyoak gave special thanks to the TAP Recommendation Committee for reviewing all 70 applications and narrowing down the field to the 30 exceptional projects that were recommended to the board. Special thanks also went out to LHTAC partners for their assistance in developing the latest application and for participating in the recommendation process.

"We look forward to these new projects, and look forward to forward to continuing this program into the future," he added.

Published 07-29-16