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Active Transportation Program

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 $220 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.

Active Transportation Program History

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, 3, and 4.

Since 2014, $236 million has been awarded to projects in the MTC region through the State and Regional ATP competitions. More information on these projects is available here.

2021 Active Transportation Program – Cycle 5

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the State and MTC’s regional guidelines at the March 25, 2020 Meeting. Immediately following the state and regional guideline adoption, the state released the call for projects. Applications for both the statewide and regional ATP were due by September 15, 2020. 

ATP Cycle 5 covers fiscal years 2021/22 through 2024/25. Approximately $220M is available in the statewide component and $37M in MTC’s Regional component. Staff recommendations for both programs will be released in spring 2021.

Statewide ATP Cycle 5 Materials & Quick Build Pilot Program

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the latest program information.

New for the 2021 ATP, the State included a pilot program for quick-build projects. The Quick Build pilot funds interim rapid-deployment capital projects with a streamlined application. CTC released staff recommendations on September 15, 2020 and adopted the Quick-build Pilot Program of projects on October 21, 2020. The CTC programmed $4.4 million for eight projects around the state, with $2.2 million going to four projects in the Bay Area. The full list of approved projects is available at catc.ca.gov/programs/active-transportation-program

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 5 Materials

Please refer to the Related Documents side tab for the final adopted MTC regional guidelines for the 2021 Regional Active Transportation Program.

2019 ATP - Cycle 4 Statewide and MTC Regional Approved Programs​

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for Cycle 4 information and programmed projects.

MTC adopted the Regional ATP program of projects on February 27, 2019. The full program as transmitted to the California Transportation Commission is available here. The California Transportation Commission approved MTC’s project list on May 15-16, 2019.

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 Karl Anderson at kanderson@bayareametro.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.