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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.

Statewide ATP Cycle 4 Materials & Recommendations

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for additional Cycle 4 information and application materials and project recommendations.

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 4 Recommendations

MTC regional recommendations for the 2019 Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP) were released on February 7, 2019.

Following the release of the recommendations MTC staff will work with project sponsors and Caltrans to make a final determination on project eligibility. In the event a project or project elements are deemed ineligible, the next highest scoring project from the contingency list will be selected.

MTC’s regional ATP recommendations will be considered at the February 13, 2019 Programming and Allocations Committee, and by the MTC on February 27, 2019. The California Transportation Commission will consider approving MTC’s project list on June 30-31, 2019.

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 4 Materials

ATP Cycle 4 covers fiscal years 2019/20 through 2022/23. Approximately $238M was available in the statewide component and about $37M in MTC’s regional component. The full MTC Commission adopted Resolution No. 4324, MTC’s Regional ATP Guidelines, in April 2018.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the State and MTC’s regional guidelines at the May 16-17, 2018 Meeting. Immediately following the state and regional guideline adoption, the state released the call for projects on May 17, 2018. Applications for both the statewide and regional ATP were due by July 31, 2018.

A list of project applications received for MTC’s Regional ATP Cycle 4 (as of August 8, 2018) is available to view online. 

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, 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.

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.