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Active Transportation Program

California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) taps state and federal funds to support programs that make walking and biking better travel options for Bay Area residents.

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

California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) draws both state and federal funds to provide a total of about $320 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 pay for other projects or programs that make walking or biking easier, safer and more convenient.

California’s Active Transportation Program

ATP promotes frequent, safer trips by bike and foot to increase public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Funded projects benefit many types of users, including disadvantaged communities.

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Staff Contact

Karl Anderson, Funding Policy and Programs
Phone: (415) 778-6645
Email: kanderson@bayareametro.gov

Active Transportation Program History

MTC administers the Bay Area’s share of ATP money. We work with local agencies to help them compete for funding through the statewide program.

MTC has programmed funds from Cycles 1 through 6. Since 2014, $557 million has been awarded to projects in the MTC region through the State and Regional ATP competitions - view details on these projects.

Active Transportation Program — Cycle 7

The next funding opportunity from ATP is approaching. The California Transportation Commission will consider adoption of the statewide and MTC’s regional guidelines for ATP Cycle 7 in March 2024, with the call for projects open shortly thereafter. MTC will also consider regional guidelines for the next ATP cycle in March 2024, with CTC approving MTC’s guidelines in March 2024. The call for projects for the regional program will overlap with the state program.

Cycle 7 will cover fiscal years 2025/26 through 2028/29. Approximately $284 million will be available in the statewide component and $49 million in MTC’s regional component. The deadline for applications is expected to be June 17, 2024. Please refer to CTC ATP webpage for the draft guidelines.

More Information

See the Related Documents section of this page for program documents and guidelines, and refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for additional information.

ATP Partnership

MTC and its Active Transportation Working Group collaborate with county transportation 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.

Requirements and Waivers

MTC requires project sponsors seeking regional ATP grants to put up matching funds totaling at least 11.47% 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.

Disadvantaged?

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

MTC defines these Equity Priority Communities as those large concentrations of:

  • Minority residents
  • Household incomes under 200% 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

View an interactive map of where the Equity Priority Communities (formerly known as Communities of Concern) are located.