One Bay Area Grant 3 (OBAG 3)

The One Bay Area Grant, now in its third iteration, guides how MTC distributes federal transportation funding from the Federal Highway Administration to projects and programs that improve safety, spur economic development and help the Bay Area meet climate change and air quality improvement goals.

Noah Berger

The third round of One Bay Area Grant funding (OBAG 3) will go before the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for adoption in January 2022 and includes more than $750 million in federal funding for projects from 2023 to 2026.

The OBAG 3 program is divided into a Regional Program, managed by MTC, and a County & Local Program, managed by MTC in partnership with the nine Bay Area County Transportation Agencies (CTAs).

Once adopted, MTC Resolution 4505 will contain all OBAG 3 program details. Additional funds are anticipated from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and will be programmed through the OBAG 3 framework after regional apportionment amounts are made available.

Regional Program Details

  • $375 million over 4 years
  • Funds will be targeted to address critical climate and focused growth goals of Plan Bay Area 2050, and used to coordinate and deploy strategies that are best suited for regional implementation, such as:
    • Climate Initiatives

    • Transformational Transit Action Plan near-term investments

    • Near-term multimodal operational improvements, such as Bay Bridge Forward

    • Priority Development Areas (PDAs), Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs), and other new growth geographies planning and implementation

    • Complete Streets Policy and Regional Active Transportation Plan

    • Regional Safety/Vision Zero Policy

    • Pavement Management Program

County & Local Program Details

  • $375 million over 4 years
  • MTC’s regional call for projects is expected May 2022
  • Funds will be available for a wide range of project types, and projects in Priority Development Areas (PDAs)
  • County Transportation Agencies (CTAs) will assist with countywide outreach and initial project prioritization, and submit a project nomination list to MTC for consideration

Partner Agency Resources

The following resources are provided to assist program partners in understanding and complying with OBAG 3 policies and requirements. Additional resources will be added as program areas are developed.

Staff Contact

Mallory Atkinson, Funding Policy & Programs
Phone: (415) 778-6793

Program Development

The OBAG 3 framework was developed by MTC with help from the Bay Area Partnership, advisory committees and various transportation stakeholders. Documentation on program development and adoption will be provided once Resolution 4505 is approved.