TAP Call for Projects

Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) is issuing a call for projects for Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) project funding.

On April 23rd, 2015 the SIRTPO Policy Board approved the 2020-2021 TAP Project Selection Criteria. Approximately $688,000 will be available for transportation alternative projects in Skagit and Island counties.

Project applications are due to Gabe Philips by 5:00 PM on May 29th, 2015.

Eligible project sponsors include:

  • Local governments;
  • Regional transportation authorities;
  • Transit agencies;
  • Natural resource or public land agencies;
  • School districts, local education agencies, or schools;
  • Tribal governments; and
  • Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for oversight of transportation or recreational trails that the State determines to be eligible.

Click here for more information regarding TAP funds.

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Transportation Alternatives Program Project Selection Public Review

The Skagit-Island Regional Transportation Planning Organization (SIRTPO) is a regional agency that facilitates transportation planning activities in Skagit and Island counties. SIRTPO receives around $230,000 in Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding per year to distribute to programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities; recreational trail program projects; and safe routes to school projects.

Click here for more information on the Transportation Alternatives Program:

The SIRTPO Policy Board will be considering draft TAP project selection criteria (see link below) for approval at their April 23rd, 2015 meeting. Around $700,000 will be available for urban and rural alternative transportation projects in Skagit and Island counties.

The public may comment on the draft TAP project selection criteria. Please submit any written comments to Gabe Philips by noon on April 16th, 2015. A public comment period will also be provided at the April 23rd, 2015 meeting but written comments are preferred.

Call (360-416-6678) or email Gabe Philips if you have any questions.

North Cascades Highway to Reopen April 3

Photo courtesy of WSDOT

Photo courtesy of WSDOT

After beginning work on clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway just three weeks ago, the Washington State Department of Transportation expects to open the seasonally closed section of SR 20 at 10 AM Friday. This is one of the fastest openings for the North Cascades Highway’s 42-year history.

For more information, including a history of opening and closing dates, maps, photos and progress reports on the 2015 opening, visit the North Cascades web page:  www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/northcascades

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