Porter Park Pathway, City of Mesa

Porter Park Pathway, City of Mesa

Program Overview

Prior to 2013, there were three types of federal formula funds that were apportioned to the state: Transportation Enhancements (TEA), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and the Recreational Trails Program. In 2012, the federal government passed the new federal transportation authorization bill, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21). MAP-21 consolidated these three programs into one federal formula funding category called the Transportation Alternatives Program (TA). The MAG region receives about $4.4 million per year for this program. There are two categories of projects: Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects. Previously, local schools have applied for TEA and SRTS funds through ADOT. With the TA program, all applications must come through a MAG member agency. Local schools interested in submitting projects should contact their city/town/agency representative for more information.

Goals and Objectives

In coordination with its members, MAG developed goals and objectives for the MAG TA program, specific eligible activities for the MAG TA program and a multi-disciplined evaluation team for infrastructure-related TA projects.

Call for Projects — Infrastructure

In the Fall of 2013, MAG held a call for TA infrastructure projects for Fiscal Years 2015, 2016 and 2017. $12 million total was available. 33 applications were received with requests exceeding $24.5 million. Through the evaluation process, 13 projects were approved for funding by the MAG Regional Council (see “Final Project Rankings”).

Local schools interested in applying for future rounds of TA infrastructure funding should coordinate with their local agency contacts (see “Transportation Alternatives Local Agency Contact list” document below). All TA applications must be submitted through a MAG member agency.

Call for Projects — Non-Infrastructure Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

As part of the MAG TA program, $400,000 per year (or 9% of the total TA funding) was provided for non-infrastructure Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects for FY2015, 2016, and 2017. A separate application for non-infrastructure SRTS projects can be found here. The call for non-infrastructure SRTS projects began in January 2014. If any local schools have a non-infrastructure SRTS project idea, they should contact their city/town/agency representative as noted below in the TA City/Town/Agency Contacts for more information on the TA non-infrastructure SRTS program.

About MAG

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

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Title VI requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which MAG receives federal financial assistance.

Get in Touch

  • Address: 302 N. 1st Ave., Suite 300
    Phoenix, Arizona 85003

  • Phone: (602) 254-6300

  • FAX: (602) 254-6490

  • Email: mag@azmag.gov