Transportation Planning

Transportation Alternatives Program

Transportation Alternatives Program

West Central Initiative helps coordinate the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program in west central Minnesota. TA includes Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Scenic Byways. Letters of Intent (LOI) for project funding are solicited in October. To inquire about project eligibility and information on how to submit a letter of intent, please contact Wayne Hurley at WCI at 800-735-2239 or

For project applicants who have submitted an LOI, you can download the TA application and guidebook here:

Additional Information

Each year, West Central Initiative helps coordinate the Transportation Alternatives (TA) program in west central Minnesota. TA combines funding for Transportation Enhancements, Safe Routes to School infrastructure, and Scenic Byways - separate programs under the previous federal transportation bill - into one grant program.

The minimum recommended project cost for eligible projects is $100,000; projects require a 20% local match. Right-of-way and engineering are not eligible for reimbursement under TA.  

Applicants should be prepared for a brief (approx. 20-minute) presentation and Q & A session at a meeting of the TA Subcommittee in February, when the subcommittee considers and prioritizes the applications.

Additional information on Transportation Alternatives funds, including a guidebook and fact sheets on the 12 eligible activities, can be found at the following website: 

Questions about the application and the TA program may be directed to Wayne Hurley at West Central Initiative at 800-735-2239, 218-998-1624 or