Arkansas State Highway Commission taking applications for transportation alternatives and trails programs


The Arkansas State Highway Commission announced Monday they are taking applications for the Transportation Alternatives Program and the Recreational Trails Program.

The virtual seminars will be held April 1 and May 4 to inform potential eligible sponsors of TAP and RTP requirements and responsibilities. Click here for registration information and search for the term TAP. Applicants can also mail applications by contacting or at the following address:

Arkansas Department of Transportation
  Central Office Headquarters
  c/o Program Management Division
    10324 Interstate 30
  Little Rock, AR 72209

Applications can also be requested by calling 501-569-2481 or by fax at 501-569-2623.

Applications must be filled out and received by June 1, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time.

The transportation department is also opening the application cycle for the Recreational Trails Program Motorized projects. The applications are submitted year-round and will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis.

TAP was authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. TAP also redefined the former Transportation Enhancement activities and consolidated such eligible activities with the former Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program and projects previously funded through the discretionary National Scenic Byways program. The FAST Act also continued funding for the RTP.

TAP projects that are eligible but are not limited to:

  • Construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other non-motorized forms of transportation, including sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure.
  • Construction of infrastructure related projects and systems that will provide safe routes for non-drivers.
  • Conversion and use of abandoned railroad corridors for trails for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other non-motorized transportation users.
  • Any environmental mitigation activity, including pollution prevention and abatement activities.
  • Infrastructure related Safe Routes To School (SRTS) projects:
    • Sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction improvements.
    • Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements.
  • Non-infrastructure related SRTS projects:
    • Public awareness campaigns and outreach
    • Enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation programs
    • Bicycle and Pedestrian education or a walking school bus program in the vicinity of a K-8 school.

Projects eligible for RTP include, but are not limited to:

  • Construction and major maintenance of motorized, non-motorized and multiple-use trails.
  • Development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages.