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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 has programmed funds from Cycles 1, 2, and 3.

MTC completed programming funds from Cycle 3 in January 2017. Senate Bill 1 (2017) provided an additional $100 million per year statewide for the ATP. In response, both the state and MTC released calls for projects in July 2017 for an augmented 2017 ATP. The call was only open to projects that applied for funding in Cycle 3.

2017 Statewide and MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Augmentation Programs

The CTC released recommendations for the Statewide Competitive ATP Augmentation on August 31, 2017. At its October 18-19, 2017 meeting, CTC approved advancing three existing Cycle 3 Bay Area projects, and funding five new projects in the MTC region. Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP materials.

MTC adopted the 2017 Regional ATP Augmentation program of projects on September 27, 2017. The full program as transmitted to the California Transportation Commission is available here. The California Transportation Commission will consider MTC’s project list on December 6-7, 2017.

ATP Cycle 3 Augmentation Materials

A list of applications MTC received for the Augmentation (as of August 18, 2017) is available to view online.

Refer to the MTC Cycle 3 Augmentation Guidelines (adopted July 26, 2017) and the CTC Cycle 3 Augmentation Guidelines (adopted June 29, 2017) for more information.

Statewide and MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Approved Programs

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP materials and the approved project listing.

MTC adopted the regional ATP program of projects on January 25, 2017. The full program as transmitted to the California Transportation Commission is available here. The California Transportation Commission approved MTC’s project list on March 15-16, 2017.

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Materials

A list of project applications received for MTC’s Regional ATP Cycle 3 (as of June 27, 2016) is available to view online. See the last page of the Regional ATP Cycle 3 Guidelines for full application instructions. 

Previous Cycle Award Recipients

Since 2014, almost $187 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.

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 Kenneth Kao at or (415) 778-6768; or Karl Anderson at 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.