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2022 Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund

  • Granting Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Appropriation Amount: $22,000,000
  • Grant Amount: Up to $15,000 for planning; No minimum or maximum for implementation, though typically under $1 million
  • Announcement Date: June 7, 2022
  • Closing Date: September 15, 2022

Read the NOFO, released for FY22 through FY26.

Read more about the program at the USDOT program page.

Purpose: The goal of the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund (TTPSF) is to reduce deaths or serious injuries in transportation-related crashes in Tribal areas. The FHWA will prioritize projects that incorporate safety into existing infrastructure. Strategic safety planning, data collection and analysis, and the implementation of safety projects are objectives that contribute to achievement of the TTPSF goal. Successful TTPSF projects leverage resources, encourage partnerships, result from strategic safety planning, and have the data to support the applicants’ approach in addressing the prevention and reduction of death or serious injuries in transportation-related crashes.

The TTPSF emphasizes the development of strategic transportation safety plans using a datadriven process as a means for Tribes to determine how transportation safety needs will be addressed in Tribal communities. Transportation safety plans are a tool used to identify risk factors that lead to serious injury or death and organize various entities to strategically reduce risk. Transportation safety plans are aimed at preventing transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries in a locality that may include–
• A goal and timeline for eliminating fatalities and serious injuries;
• An analysis of the location, severity, and contributing factors of vehicle-involved crashes in a locality;
• An analysis of community input, gathered through public outreach and education;
• A data-driven approach to identify projects or strategies to prevent fatalities and serious injuries in a locality, such as those involving–
a. Education and community outreach;
b. Effective methods to enforce traffic laws and regulations;
c. New vehicle or other transportation-related technologies; and
d. Roadway planning and design; and
• Mechanisms for evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of the transportation safety plan, including the means by which that effectiveness will be reported to residents in a locality.

Eligible Expenditures:

Eligible projects are those described in 23 U.S.C. § 148(a)(4), which include strategies, activities, and projects on a public road that are consistent with a transportation safety plan and
(i) correct or improve a hazardous road location or feature, or (ii) address a highway safety problem.
Under 23 U.S.C. § 148(a)(4)(B), eligible projects are limited to the following:
(i) An intersection safety improvement that provides for the safety of all road users, as appropriate, including a multimodal roundabout.
(ii) Pavement and shoulder widening (including addition of a passing lane to remedy an unsafe condition).
(iii) Installation of rumble strips or another warning device, if the rumble strips or other warning devices do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists and pedestrians, including persons with disabilities.
(iv) Installation of a skid-resistant surface at an intersection or other location with a high frequency of crashes.
(v) An improvement for pedestrian or bicyclist safety or safety of persons with disabilities.
(vi) Construction and improvement of a railway-highway grade crossing safety feature, including installation of protective devices or a grade separation project.
(vii) The conduct of a model traffic enforcement activity at a railway-highway crossing.
(viii) Construction or installation of features, measures, and road designs to calm traffic and reduce vehicle speeds.
(ix) Elimination of a roadside hazard.
(x) Installation, replacement, and other improvement of highway signage and pavement markings, or a project to maintain minimum levels of retroreflectivity, that addresses a highway safety problem consistent with a State strategic highway safety plan (SHSP).
(xi) Installation of a priority control system for emergency vehicles at signalized intersections.
(xii) Installation of a traffic control or other warning device at a location with high crash potential.
(xiii) Transportation safety planning.
(xiv) Collection, analysis, and improvement of safety data.
(xv) Planning integrated interoperable emergency communications equipment, operational activities, or traffic enforcement activities (including police assistance) relating to work zone safety.
(xvi) Installation of guardrails, barriers (including barriers between construction work zones and traffic lanes for the safety of road users and workers), and crash attenuators.
(xvii) The addition or retrofitting of structures or other measures to eliminate or reduce crashes involving vehicles and wildlife.
(xviii) Installation of yellow-green signs and signals at pedestrian and bicycle crossings and in school zones.
(xix) Construction and operational improvements on high risk rural roads.
(xx) Geometric improvements to a road for safety purposes that improve safety.
(xxi) A road safety audit.
(xxii) Roadway safety infrastructure improvements consistent with the recommendations included in the publication of FHWA entitled “Highway Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians” (FHWA-RD-01-103), dated May 2001 or as subsequently revised and updated.
(xxiii) Truck parking facilities eligible for funding under section 1401 of the MAP-21.
(xxiv) Systemic safety improvements.
(xxv) Installation of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication equipment.
(xxvi) Installation or upgrades of traffic control devices for pedestrians and bicyclists, including pedestrian hybrid beacons and the addition of bicycle movement phases to traffic signals.
(xxvii) Roadway improvements that provide separation between pedestrians and motor vehicles or between bicyclists and motor vehicles, including medians, pedestrian crossing
islands, protected bike lanes, and protected intersection features.
(xxviii) A pedestrian security feature designed to slow or stop a motor vehicle.
(xxix) A physical infrastructure safety project not described in clauses (i) through
(xxviii).

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law” (BIL)), Public Law 117-58, added eligibilities to the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) for non-infrastructure safety projects known as specified safety projects. Those changes to eligibility for HSIP are not transferable to TTPSF because the establishing legislation for TTPSF in 23 U.S.C. § 202(e) specifically refers to projects described in 23 U.S.C. § 148(a)(4).

Tribes should continue to identify multi-disciplinary strategies such as improvements to enforcement, emergency medical services, and education to address the challenges identified in their safety plans. Funding to implement such strategies may be available through the Indian Highway Safety Program managed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Justice Services, the Tribal Injury Prevention Cooperative Agreement Program managed by the Indian Health Service, the Safe Streets and Roads for All Program managed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, or transportation safety programs managed by States. Relevant contacts may be found at https://www.tribalsafety.org/state-contacts.

Upon award, successful applicants will receive TTPSF funds through their existing TTP contracting methodology with either FHWA or the BIA. Upon completion of a TTPSF project, funds that are not expended are to be recovered and returned to FHWA to be made available for the following year’s TTPSF grant cycle.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible applicants for TTPSF discretionary grants are federally recognized Indian Tribes identified on the list of “Indian Entities Recognized and Eligible to Receive Services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs” (published at 86 FR 18552 or future updates). Other entities may partner with a Tribal government to submit an application, but the eligible applicant must be a federally recognized Indian Tribe. A Tribe may submit more than one application; however, only one project may be included in each application. In the event a Tribe submits more than one application, each application will be evaluated separately.

For further information concerning this notice please contact:
Adam Larsen
TTPSF Program Manager
Office of Tribal Transportation
Office of Federal Lands Highway
Federal Highway Administration
610 E 5th Street, Vancouver, WA 98661
Email: TTPSF@DOT.GOV
Phone: 360-619-2601

Office hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.