UPDATE November 15, 2012: WAMPO has recently been informed by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) that $650,000 in TE funds will be made available to the WAMPO region. This funding is in addition to the funds available for the statewide TE application process. The WAMPO TE funds will follow the same criteria, application form, and milestone dates for any projects being submitted to KDOT for consideration in the statewide TE application process. The main difference between the WAMPO and KDOT TE application processes is that project selection for TE funding through WAMPO at the regional level will be completed after KDOT has selected projects at the statewide level.
Project sponsors may submit applications for both the WAMPO and the KDOT application processes or, if they prefer, just the KDOT or WAMPO application process. In order to be considered for the WAMPO TE application process, a total of six copies must be sent to WAMPO at 455 N. Main, Wichita, KS 67202. In order to be considered for the KDOT TE application process, a total of three copies must be sent directly to KDOT. Please note that this means if you want to be considered for both KDOT and WAMPO TE funds, you will need to submit a total of nine copies of your application – three to KDOT and six to WAMPO. All completed applications are due no later than February 15, 2013.
Attached is a copy of a flow chart that identifies each of the three routes down which an applicant may proceed when applying for WAMPO and/or KDOT TE funds. The application form is exactly the same no matter which stream(s) of funding you choose to apply for.
Project scopes for projects being applied for are still due on January 7, 2013 as mentioned in the previous communication from WAMPO regarding the TE program.
For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Mike Spadafore at (316) 352-4860, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brenton Holper at (316) 352-4863, via e-mail at email@example.com.
October 30, 2012: The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) recently released an application for Transportation Enhancement (TE) funds*. According to their eligibility guidance, all projects within urbanized areas (defined as populations greater than 50,000) must be submitted through their respective Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). WAMPO will be reviewing all proposals for the Wichita region that wish to receive a letter of support to be added to the Documentation of Community Support section of their application.
WAMPO will only review the applicant’s scope of project; review by WAMPO and/or receipt of a letter of support from WAMPO neither implies nor guarantees funding. Complete, concise applications are still due to KDOT by their deadline.
If you would like your application to be reviewed for concurrence with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) 2035, please submit your materials no later than 5:00pm January 7, 2012 to the address below.
Applications will be reviewed to ensure that the proposals align with the existing regional planning efforts for the Wichita area as outlined in the MTP 2035. Staff will compile a recommendation of all received applications and present it to the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for review during their January 28, 2013 meeting. The recommendation of the TAC will be brought to the Transportation Policy Body (TPB) for action during their February 12, 2013 meeting. If the TPB votes to support any or all of the reviewed applications, letters of support will be sent to KDOT and each project sponsor.
Questions about the application, required paperwork, process, and due date should be directed to the respective staff member of KDOT as provided in your application guidance. If you have any questions about WAMPO’s involvement with the application process, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 316.352.4860.
*Please be aware that this application process is for 2013 Transportation Enhancements (TE) funding only and is not a component of the new Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).