In July 2012, the US Congress passed a new transportation funding bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century or “MAP-21”. The new bill took effect on October 1, 2012.
MAP-21 did not reauthorize the Transportation Enhancement Program. Instead, it established a new program called Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) that includes elements of the former TE program in combination with elements of other programs, and some new activities.
What happens to TE funds and projects?
TE funds allocated for 2012 and prior years were not lost in the transition to TAP. Funds committed to specific projects stay with those projects, and TE-funded work in progress continues under the terms of existing agreements. Remaining phases of work will end up with either TE or TAP funds. Any TE funds allocated by the Oregon Transportation Commission—but not yet committed to projects—remain available for award to future projects.
The TE Discretionary Account remains in place through 2015, with $2 million per year for urgent needs that arise outside the statewide competitive selection process. It remains available for TE-eligible projects until those funds are exhausted, and will then continue for TAP-eligible projects using TAP funds instead of TE.
For 2016-2018, the Discretionary Account has $1.5 million per year, shared with the Bicycle & Pedestrian “Quick Fix” program that provides funds for immediate needs along the State Highway system.