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Federal Funding

Congress distributes federal transportation dollars to MTC (and other metropolitan planning organizations) to invest in regional priority transportation projects and programs.

The Bay Area's share of federal funds totals about $150 million each year. MTC uses this money to help meet the transportation priorities identified in Plan Bay Area. MTC’s recent federal funding programs are described in detail on the OBAG 2, OBAG 1, and Previous Federal Funding pages.

Federal funding levels and regulations are established by Congress in surface transportation acts. The most recent act, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST), was signed into law by President Obama on December 4, 2015.

In the FAST Act and its predecessor, MAP‐21, the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) are the cornerstone programs for funds distributed to regions for transportation. STP and CMAQ are "flexible" funding programs. This means the money can be spent on public transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects, as well as on roads and highways.

Questions? Contact Mallory Atkinson at matkinson@bayareametro.gov or (415) 778-6793

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) signed into law in December 2015 will provide a welcome increase in both roadway and transit funding for the Bay Area. Relative to FY 2015 funding levels, the FAST Act provides the region with approximately $30 million more in transit formula funding in FY 2016, with the bump ramping up to $64 million by FY 2020. With respect to highway formula funding, the FAST Act provides the region approximately $14 million in FY 2016 over FY 2015 levels, with the bump rising to $37 million by FY 2020.  

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