Navigating MAP-21

We are not going to let 20 years of progress in biking and walking come to an end. It's true that the current federal transportation bill — Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) — has slashed guaranteed funding for biking and walking. But Advocacy Advance is committed to ensuring that states and local governments use every opportunity in the new law to increase the safety and convenience of biking and walking.

Our Strategy | Find It, Fund It! | Federal Funding Resources


Our Strategy

Advocacy Advance, working with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and our state and local partners, is committed to ensuring that states and local governments use every opportunity in the new law to increase the safety and convenience of biking and walking.

We have identified contacts in each state to coordinate efforts around the country and track each state’s plan for implementing MAP-21. If you are an individual or a local group interested in supporting the MAP-21 campaign efforts, please email your state lead directly.

Together, we can maximize biking and walking investments -- both under MAP-21's current Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and the larger core transportation and safety funds.

How do we get there? We expect every state to:

If you are an individual or a local group interested in supporting the MAP-21 campaign efforts, please email your state lead first. They are informed about the most up-to-date information, your state’s unique circumstances, the advocacy campaign priorities and how you can plug in. They are your conduits for action. As always, you can also contact the Advocacy Advance team, and we will assist with your efforts.


State-by-State TAP Implementation Status

Updated October 2014: What are your state's plans to implement the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP)? Click here to find out! (PDF)



Find It, Fund It!

Advocacy Advance created Find It, Fund It!, an interactive online tool, to centralize and simplify information about MAP-21 funding eligibility. Find It, Fund It! helps you find federal funding sources for over 20 types of projects. Some of these sources you may know about, while others may be new to you. In every case, if your selected project is eligible, Find It, Fund It! will tell you how to fund it.

Find It, Fund It! aims to connect people interested in getting state and local bicycle and pedestrian projects funded with resources for all federal program opportunities. You can also download the PDF version of the table.



Federal Funding Resources

Legislation and Funding Tables

Federal Legislation

How will funding compare to past funding for my state?

Current status of dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funds


Biking & Walking in MAP-21 

Biking and walking projects and programs are eligible for funding throughout the federal transportation bill. The resources below will help guide advocates and agency staff to access the full range of programs that will help pay for your local bicycle and pedestrian projects.


Funding Program Flow Charts

Advocacy Advance created these infographics to show how federal program dollars flow from congress to your community in MAP-21, and advocacy tips for each stage of the process. 

For more federal funding program resources, including case studies, visit our Resources page.


Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Resources


Understanding the Transportation Alternatives Campaign One-Pagers (Advocacy Advance):


Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Resources

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with populations of more than 200,000, known as Transportation Management Areas (TMA), will run their own competitive grant process for Transportation Alternatives Program funding. Click here for a list of these MPOs


Transportation Alternatives Program Competitive Grant Processes: Examples of Regional Application: This report is intended as a guide for MPO staff setting up competitive grant process applications. It spotlights example MPO applications that will help regional transportation staff evaluate potential projects for federal TA funding. (Advocacy Advance and Safe Routes to School National Partnership) Download PDF

Sample MPO Grant Applications


State and Regional Funding Profiles

These funding profiles created for our Navigating MAP-21 Workshops detail the regional processes and policies in place for federal funding sources. They answer the who, what, where and how for each source. All files are PDFs.


Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)


Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Funding Programs


Other Federal Funding Resources

For more funding resources and advocacy tools visit our Resources page.





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