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Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program


The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program, formerly known as Transportation Enhancements (TE), was created to help expand transportation choices and provide funding for activities that are often left out of transportation projects. Activities that are eligible for TA funding include pedestrian and bicycle facilities. GPATS receives an allocation in TAP funding each year, which is awarded on a competitive grant basis.


For more information on the program and eligible activities, visit SCDOT's Transportation Alternatives Program page.


Safe Routes to School Program

The Safe Routes to School Page was absorbed into the TA Program per the Fast Act 2015.


Successful Safe Routes to School programs emphasize the “Five E’s”: Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement, Education, and Evaluation. Safe Routes efforts can include anything from additional crossing guard patrols, to a “walking school bus” of parents and children, to infrastructure improvements.


Through a Community Transformation Grant awarded to Greenville County in 2012, Upstate Forever will complete five Safe Routes to School travel plans for selected Greenville County schools in 2013 and 2014. These schools include Monaview Elementary, Welcome Elementary, Duncan Chapel Elementary, Augusta Circle Elementary, and Bryson Elementary. The travel plans will identify strategies to provide schools with a clear path to increase the number of students walking and biking to school.


For more information on the Safe Routes to School national program, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School.




The last TA Program application cycle was held in 2024, and two applications were submitted. A short summary is included below. These projects were ranked based on specific criteria and voted on during the May 2024 Policy Committee meeting. The winning project, Upstate Greenways and Trails Alliance’s Bryson Elementary to S. Kings Drive Multi Use Trail, was added to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). For more information on this project please contact GPATS staff at


Upstate Greenways and Trails Alliance

Bryson Elementary School to S. Kings Drive Multi Use Trail

  • Awarded $1,127,441.60 in 2024
  • Construction of 0.9 miles of trail that will connect to the broader Swamp Rabbit Trail network is being built. The trail will also connect five residential neighborhoods to Bryson Elementary School.

    City of Greer

    Wards Creek Trail Phase 1

  • Awarded $1,090,345.60 in 2023
  • Construction of a 12 foot wide trail located along Wards Creek connecting Wards Creek Park to Biblebrook Drive. The trail will accomodate pedestrians and cyclists, and will total approximately 0.45 miles.

    Town of Central

    Southern Wesleyan University to Town of Central Connector Project

  • Awarded $643,000 in 2019
  • Construction of a 3,420-foot multi-use path connecting Downtown Central to Southern Wesleyan University’s Athletic Complex on Hwy 93.  This project is a portion of the larger regional Green Crescent Trail, which will ultimately connect Central, Clemson, and Pendleton.

    City of Fountain Inn

    Woodside Park Connector Project

  • Awarded $119,400 in 2017
  • Awarded $232,080 in 2018
  • Awarded $447,972 in 2022
  • Conversion of an existing trail connecting Woodside Park to Fairview Park to an 11 inch wide shared use path.

    Transportation Enhancements (TE) transitioned into the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) in 2013.  In 2015 the program was shorten to Transportation Alternatives (TA).  The program has helped fund many projects in the GPATS region that would not have been realized otherwise.  Below is a summary of all the projects that have been awarded TA funding.


    Anderson County School District 1 - Complete

    Ragsdale Road Sidewalk Project – Phase 1
    Awarded $200,000 in 2013


    Anderson County School District 4 - Active

    Riverside Middle School Safe Routes to School Project
    Awarded $200,000 in 2014
    Awarded $214,596.80 in 2022


    Anderson County - Closed

    SC-81 Sidewalk Project – Phase 1
    Awarded $240,000 in 2013


    Ragsdale Road Sidewalk Project - Complete
    Awarded $320,000 in 2017
    Continuation of Anderson County School District 1 project from 2013


    City of Clemson - Closed

    Berkeley Drive Shared-Use Path Project
    Awarded $400,000 in 2013


    City of Easley - Canceled

    Brushy Creek Greenway Project
    Awarded $534,000 in 2013


    City of Fountain Inn - Active

    Woodside Park Connector Project
    Awarded $119,400 in 2017
    Awarded $232,080 in 2018


    City of Greenville - Closed

    Woodruff Road Sidewalk Project
    Awarded $360,976 in 2014


    Haywood Road Sidewalk Project - Complete
    Awarded $400,000 in 2016


    City of Mauldin - Closed

    Multi-use Path to Sunset Park Project
    Awarded $260,260 in 2013
    Awarded $63,040 more in 2016


    City of Pickens - Canceled

    Pickens Downtown Doodle Connector Project
    Awarded $204,294 in 2017
    Awarded $199,893 in 2018


    City of Simpsonville - Canceled

    Simpsonville Section of Swamp Rabbit Trail Project
    Awarded $280,000 in 2013


    Greenville County - Active

    Poinsett Corridor Streetscape Project
    Awarded $794,830 in 2013
    Awarded $450,000 in 2015


    Pickens CTC - Closed

    Berkeley Drive Pedestrian Bridge
    Awarded $400,000 in 2013
    In conjunction with City of Clemson’s Berkeley Drive shared-use path


    Town of Williamston - Complete

    Minor Street Sidewalk Project – Phases 1 & 2
    Awarded $200,000 in 2015


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