2018 Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Grant Application Announcement

The Lackawanna-Luzerne Transportation Study (LLTS) Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) met on November 29, 2017 on the campus of Luzerne County Community College to review fifteen Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program (TAS) grant applications. Each applicant was allowed five minutes to explain their grant request to the TAC who then had five minutes to ask questions. TAC members then ranked each request on the ten criteria as outlined by PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration.

LLTS had a total of $1.4 million dollars to allocate in this round of funding. The TAC decided the total funds would be divided to approve at least one project in both counties and selected the following three projects:

  1. Lackawanna River Heritage Trail-Marvine Section
  2. Updated Luzerne County Transportation Authority (LCTA) Bus Stop Signage for Safety and Wayfinding
  3. Wilkes University Pedestrian Safety Improvements

$800,000 was recommended for the Marvine Heritage Trail development, $240,000 to fully fund the Bus Signage project, and the remaining $360,000 for the Wilkes University Pedestrian Safety Improvements. The TAC sent their recommendation to the LLTS Technical Committee for review at their January 3, 2018 meeting. The recommendation was unanimously approved and the result forwarded to the LLTS Coordinating Committee for final action at the January 17, 2018 meeting.

The applications that were not fully funded and those that were not funded in the LLTS round are automatically forwarded to the state and will be in competition for funds from the statewide allocation.