2020-2022 Federal Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant Proposals

Public Review and Comment


The proposals are available for public review and comment beginning May 14, 2018. Comments are due to TRPC no later than 5:00 p.m. PST, Friday, May 25. Please send all comments in an email to brewstp@trpc.org or send a letter to:

Paul Brewster, Senior Planner
Thurston Regional Planning Council
2424 Heritage Court SW, Suite A
Olympia, WA 98502

Be sure to include the title of the proposal with your comment, as well as your name and address.

All comments received will be provided to TRPC policy makers for their consideration when evaluating proposals.

Summary of Proposals


TRPC will award approximately $958,000 TAP grant funds to projects that will start between 2020 and 2022. Eight proposals were submitted for consideration. The applicants’ combined requests total $1,201,184. Click on the titles to view project descriptions and obtain a link to the proposal’s complete grant application. Learn more about TAP project eligibility.

APPLICANT  PROPOSAL  FUNDING REQUEST 
Intercity Transit Walk N Roll for 2021/2022 and 2022/2023  $218,000
Lacey Martin Way Corridor Study - East  $86,500
Olympia Martin Way Corridor Study - West  $173,000
Olympia School District School Speed Limit Zone Flashing Beacon Installation Project  $68,950
North Thurston, Olympia, & Tumwater School Districts School Walk Route Mapping for North Thurston, Olympia, & Tumwater Schools  $51,900
Thurston County Rochester-Grand Mound Trail Feasibility Study  $150,000
Tumwater Israel Rd & Linderson Way Pedestrian & Bicycle Improvements  $400,000
Yelm Mill Road Pedestrian Improvements  $52,834
   TOTAL Requested $1,201,184


TAP Proposal Descriptions


Walk N Roll for 2021/2022 and 2022/2023

Agency: Intercity Transit Grant Request: $218,000
Match: $34,023 Total Cost: $252,023
Phase: Program Project Date: 2021-2023
Location: Various North Thurston, Olympia, and Tumwater School District schools

Project Overview

The Walk N Roll program is the cornerstone of Intercity Transit's Youth Education program that reduces drive‐alone trips to school and builds the next generation of safe and healthy pedestrians, bike riders, and transit users.

Many students may not learn about transportation options in school, at home, or in their community. Walk N Roll seeks to change that by showing young people the many options that exist to successfully get around by walking, biking, and using transit. Walk N Roll seeks and succeeds in showing students that active transportation can be easy, accessible for everyone, and fun.

This established, school‐focused public education and outreach program helps students and families to access their schools and community through active transportation choices, and positively influences air quality in our region, neighborhoods, and around public schools by reducing congestion and idling on the trip to school and home.

Link to the full project application


Martin Way Corridor Study – East

Agency: Lacey Grant Request: $86,500
Match: $13,500 Total Cost: $100,000
Phase: Study Project Date: 2020-2022
Location: Martin Way, from College Street to Marvin Road

Project Overview

Martin Way, from College Street to Marvin Road (4.1 miles), has been identified as both an urban corridor (land use designation) and strategy corridor (transportation designation) in regional and local plans. This former state highway serves as an alternative to I‐5, has frequent transit service, and is a prime candidate for increasing land use intensity and walking and biking activity. This section of Martin Way carries between 17,000 to 31,000 daily vehicles, has bicycle lanes and sidewalks for the most part, but the multimodal infrastructure, such as safe opportunities to cross the roadway, is insufficient for an urban corridor. The Martin Way Corridor Study East will focus on this section of the corridor, and identify opportunities to increase multimodal mobility and safety. The project will be a collaborative project between Thurston County, the City of Lacey, Intercity Transit, and Thurston Regional Planning Council, with the City of Olympia, and the Economic Development District as key partners. Note: If the Martin Way Corridor West project is also funded, the two projects will be conducted together.

Link to the full project application


Martin Way Corridor Study – West

Agency: Olympia Grant Request: $173,000
Match: $27,000 Total Cost: $200,000
Phase: Study Project Date: 2020-2022
Location: Martin Way, from Pacific Avenue to College Street

Project Overview

Martin Way, from Pacific Avenue to College Street (3.2 miles), has been identified as both an urban corridor (land use designation) and strategy corridor (transportation designation) in regional and local plans. This former state highway serves as an alternative to I-5, has frequent transit service, and is a prime candidate for increasing land use intensity, and walking and biking activity. This section of Martin Way carries between 14,000 to 25,000 daily vehicles, and has bicycle lanes, but inconsistent pedestrian facilities. The Martin Way Corridor Study West will focus on this section of the corridor, and identify opportunities to increase multimodal mobility and safety. This is a collaborative project between the City of Olympia and Thurston Regional Planning Council, with Thurston County, the City of Lacey, Intercity Transit, and the Economic Development District as key partners. Note: If the Martin Way Corridor East project is also funded, the two projects will be conducted together.

Link to the full project application


School Speed Limit Zone Flashing Beacon Installation Project

Agency: Olympia School District Grant Request: $68,950
Match: $11,550 Total Cost: $80,500
Phase: Design and Construction Project Date: 2020-2022
Location: Boulevard Road SE

Project Overview

This project will improve the school crossing on Boulevard Road SE at 15th Avenue SE and McKinley Place SE near the Olympia Regional Learning Academy, a K-12 school serving 400 students. The existing 20 MPH school speed limit zone signing, currently "When Flagged" or "When Children are Present," will be replaced. This project will include installation of School Speed Limit Zone flashing beacons and signing on Boulevard Road. Solar powered units will be installed, if feasible, or power will be installed. The intent of this traffic-control device is to more effectively get motorists' attention, informing them of when the school zone speed limit is in effect. Improved motorist compliance to the school zone speed limit will enhance the safety of students walking and bicycling to and from school and crossing at these locations, and encourage students to walk and bike to school rather than being driven to school.

Link to the full project application


School Walk Route Mapping for North Thurston, Olympia, and Tumwater Schools

Agency: Agency Grant Request: $51,900
Match: $8,100 Total Cost: $60,000
Phase: Program Project Date:  2020-2022
Location: North Thurston, Olympia, and Tumwater School Districts

Project Overview

Washington requires school districts to identify walking routes from each neighborhood to each elementary school (RCW 28A.160.160(5)) and review routes every two years. While school districts are fulfilling this basic requirement, the district maps are not family friendly or readily accessible to households seeking information for planning safe routes to school. School route maps are useful for encouraging students and families to walk or ride bikes to school safely and reduce the number of vehicles driving to and from schools. Such maps also play a role in assisting districts, their families, cities, and the county with identifying school transportation needs such as filling in sidewalk gaps, installing street crossing improvements, and school bus route planning.

TRPC and Intercity Transit in partnership through the Walk N' Roll Program will create detailed school walk route maps using an interdisciplinary stakeholder process. There are 31 elementary schools in North Thurston, Olympia, and Tumwater school districts. This project will formalize a partnership between the school districts, TRPC, Intercity Transit, and community stakeholders to develop effective and user-friendly school walk route maps for every elementary and several middle schools within the three districts. The maps will be reviewed and updated every two years, as necessary.

Link to the full project application


Rochester-Grand Mound Trail Feasibility Study

Agency: Thurston County Grant Request: $150,000
Match: $25,000 Total Cost: $175,000
Phase: Study Project Date: 2020-2022
Location: Grand Mound to Rochester Corridor

Project Overview

Nonmotorized transportation facilities and safe routes to school are sorely lacking in this rural County Corridor. Although school bus transportation service is provided, community members including the Thurston County Fire District #1 Fire Chief and PSAP Railroad operators have all expressed concerns over the risks that vehicular travel and trains poses to school children and other pedestrians and cyclists in the unincorporated communities of southwest Thurston County.

The Rochester-Grand Mound Trail was identified in the 2007 Regional Trails Plan as an important east-west non-motorized corridor that connects people from the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and the communities of Rochester and Grand Mound. Expanding the trail corridor to these unserved communities will increase transportation and recreation opportunities for thousands of additional residents.
  
A feasibility study examining potential trail connections to these locations will lay the ground work for the future creation of the Rochester-Grand Mound Trail and is the next step outlined in the 2007 Regional Trails Plan.  The anticipated benefits of this proposal will identify future projects that will: 1) increase safety for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers alike; and 2) provide a safe route to schools, increase recreational opportunities and provide for increasing physical activity.

Link to the full project application


Israel Rd and Linderson Way Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements

Agency: Tumwater Grant Request: $400,000
Match: $95,000 Total Cost: $495,000
Phase: Construction Project Date: 2020-2022
Location: Israel Rd and Linderson Way (near City Hall)

Project Overview

This project focuses on multi-modal improvements on portions of Israel Rd and Linderson Way. This proposal includes: replacement of select existing curb ramps, 4’ sidewalks and busted up steep driveways, addition of enhanced pedestrian crossing treatments (retroreflective markings and signs), installation of a new pedestrian refuge island, lane narrowing or road widening to accommodate bike lanes to an intersection, signal modifications such as addition of accessible pedestrian signals, pedestrian countdown signal heads and video detection so bikes are detected and more.

Link to the full project application


Mill Road Pedestrian Improvements

Agency: Yelm Grant Request: $52,834
Match: $8,246 Total Cost: $61,080
Phase: Design and Engineering Project Date: 2020-2022
Location: Mill Road near Mill Pond Elementary School

Project Overview

The City of Yelm proposes the construction of new ADA compliant sidewalks and a pedestrian path in two phases to connect Mill Pond Elementary and Ridgeline Middle School with surrounding residential, public, downtown and commercial areas. The existing roadway offers no protection from moving or turning vehicles, and the nearby Cochran Memorial Park does not offer a path through. This exposes school children to potential safety hazards of oncoming traffic. There is only a dirt pathway on the west side of Mill Road that people use to travel the town on foot. Phase one of this project with fill the gap in the sidewalk infrastructure system between the intersection of the 104th Way SE and 107th Loop SE and phase two will complete the gaps on the north side of 2nd ST SE from the park to SE Mosman Ave in order to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

This proposal is for preliminary engineering/design only.

* Note: This proposal was revised on 5/18/2018 to update the grant funding request, match, total cost, and the scope of work. 


Link to the full project application