Cash Available for 'Non-Traditional' Transportation Projects

The federal government has $20 million in funds available for things like sidewalks, shared paths and wetland creation. Could any of the money come here?

The state of Maryland announced a new program yesterday that could offer cash to communities like College Park to fund bike paths, sidewalks and other projects that encourage alternative forms transportation. 

The federal government has about $20 million set aside for so-called "non-traditional" transportation projects, and the Maryland Department of Transportation is currently seeking proposals. 

According to a press release from the State Highway Administration, these funds are available under the new Transportation Alternatives Program. The money could be used for things like "planning, design and construction funds for on and off-road facilities for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized transportation."

In other words, places for people to bike and walk would be a good fit. The program could also work for "community improvement and environmental mitigation activities," according to the release. 

Since this is a federal program, competition for funds will surely be stiff. The application window is March 1 to May 15. 

Are there any projects in College Park that would benefit from an injection of new money? Sidewalks? Trails? Open space preservation?

Tell Patch in the comments. 


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