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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 just completed programming funds from Cycle 2. ATP Cycle 3 will cover FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21. The Call for Projects begins April 15, 2016; applications for both the statewide and regional ATP are due on June 15, 2016. $120 million is available for programming through the Statewide ATP Cycle 3, and $20 million is available in MTC’s Regional ATP Cycle 3.

In order to be eligible for both Statewide and Regional ATP, applicants must submit the statewide application to Caltrans and both the statewide and regional supplemental applications to MTC by the June 15 deadline.

Statewide ATP Cycle 3 Materials

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP application:

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Materials

See the last page of the Regional ATP Cycle 3 Guidelines for full application instructions. Required materials include the electronic statewide ATP application (see above), printed; regional supplemental application, and other required back-up information. Applicants must include three hard copies and one electronic copy.

More Information

MTC held applicant workshops in early May; refer to the workshop materials for further details. 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 or (510) 817-5768.

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.