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Active Transportation Program

Some 40 percent of the Bay Area’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks.

MTC works hard to increase walking and biking options across our region — so that more people can make more trips without using a car.

Since 2013 we’ve been getting help from California’s Active Transportation Program, or ATP.

ATP taps both state and federal funds to provide a total of about $120 million each year for bike and pedestrian projects across California.

The program allows cities, counties, transit agencies and other public agencies to compete for grants to build bicycle/pedestrian paths, install bike racks, and other projects or programs that make walking or biking easier, safer and more convenient.

Project Sponsors Can Compete for ATP Funding

MTC administers our region’s share of ATP money -- and we work with local project sponsors to help them compete for funding through the statewide program. MTC has programmed funds from Cycles 1, 2, and 3.

MTC completed programming funds from Cycle 3 in January 2017. Senate Bill 1 (2017) provided an additional $100 million per year statewide for the ATP. In response, both the state and MTC released calls for projects in July 2017 for an augmented 2017 ATP. The call was only open to projects that applied for funding in Cycle 3.

ATP Cycle 3 Augmentation Information

The ATP Cycle 3 Augmentation Call for Projects closed on August 1, 2017. A list of applications MTC received for the Augmentation (as of August 15, 2017) is available to view online.

Refer to the MTC Cycle 3 Augmentation Guidelines (adopted July 26, 2017) and the CTC Cycle 3 Augmentation Guidelines (adopted June 29, 2017) for further information.

Statewide and MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Approved Programs

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP materials and the approved project listing.

MTC adopted the regional ATP program of projects on January 25, 2017. The full program as transmitted to the California Transportation Commission is available here. The California Transportation Commission approved MTC’s project list on March 15-16, 2017.

MTC staff will work with project sponsors and Caltrans to make a final determination on project eligibility. In the event a project or project elements are deemed ineligible, the next highest scoring project from the contingency list will be selected.

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Materials

A list of project applications received for MTC’s Regional ATP Cycle 3 (as of June 27, 2016) is available to view online. See the last page of the Regional ATP Cycle 3 Guidelines for full application instructions. 

More Information

See the “Related Documents” section for program documents and guidelines, and refer to the Caltrans ATP web page and the CTC ATP web page for additional information. Questions? Contact Kenneth Kao at kkao@mtc.ca.gov or (415) 778-6768; or Karl Anderson at kanderson@mtc.ca.gov or (415) 778-6645.

MTC and its Active Transportation Working Group collaborate with county congestion management agencies, Bay Area transit agencies, the California Department of Transportation, the California Transportation Commission and interested members of the public to develop the regional ATP.

MTC requires project sponsors seeking regional ATP grants to put up matching funds totaling at least 11.47 percent of the grant amount.

The match requirement may be waived for projects that benefit low-income communities, communities of color, Safe Routes to School projects, or stand-alone non-infrastructure projects. The statewide ATP grant program does not require a local match.

State law requires at least 25 percent of ATP funds benefit disadvantaged communities.

MTC defines these Communities of Concern as those large concentrations of:

  • Minority residents
  • Household incomes under 200 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Limited English-proficient households
  • Zero-vehicle households
  • Seniors age 75 or older
  • Residents with a disability
  • Single-parent families
  • Rent-burdened households

MTC updated the metrics to define Communities of Concern in January 2016. View an interactive map of where the COCs are located.