Skip to content U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway AdministrationU.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration
Office of Planning, Environment, & Realty (HEP)

Guidance and Information

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued Transportation Alternatives guidance on May 13, 2016. The information below will help States and project sponsors meet TA requirements and provide practices for accessibility, design, construction, and maintenance.

See also:

FHWA Policy and Guidance Center
The PGC provides a central location of laws, policies, and guidance about the Federal-aid Highway Program.

Federal-aid Essentials for Local Public Agencies
Federal-aid Essentials offers a central online library of informational videos and resources, designed specifically for local public agencies.

Transportation Alternatives Guidance

TAP Competitive Process

There are examples of TAP Competitive Processes available for States and MPOs to use:

Youth Service and Conservation Corps

MAP-21 Section 1524 requires the US Department of Transportation to encourage States and regional transportation planning agencies to use qualified youth service and conservation corps to perform appropriate transportation-related projects. See the Creating Access to Opportunity: Strengthening Transportation Career Pathways & Youth Workforce Development Partnerships Through Service Fact Sheet (HTML / PDF), the related Creating Access to Opportunity Webinar and the Webinar Slides (HTML / PDF), and Youth Workforce Development Resources.

Vegetation Management Practices

Boulevards from Divided Highways

Several communities have created boulevards from divided highways, or have plans under consideration.

Transportation Enhancement Activities

Recreational Trails Program

RTP provisions and requirements under 23 U.S.C. 206 continue in effect (unless a State opts out of the RTP).

Safe Routes to School

Related Guidance and Information

Archived Guidance

Updated: 1/24/2017
HEP Home Planning Environment Real Estate
Federal Highway Administration | 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE | Washington, DC 20590 | 202-366-4000