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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. On April 29, 2020 the CTC approved a three-month delay to the 2021 ATP application deadline, from June 15, 2020 to September 15, 2020. Applications for both the statewide and regional ATP are due by September 15, 2020. Approximately $220 million is available for programming in the Statewide program, and $37 million is available in MTC’s Regional program. The programming years include fiscal years 21/22, 22/23, 23/24 and 24/25.

Statewide ATP Cycle 5 Materials & Quick Build Pilot Program

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP application and the latest program material.

New for the 2021 ATP, the State included a pilot program for quick-build projects. The Quick Build pilot intends to fund interim rapid-deployment capital projects with a streamlined application. Please refer to page 46 of the Statewide ATP Guidelines for more information. Applications for Quick Build pilot were due by July 15, 2020.

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, and the supplemental application material.

Full application instructions are listed on the last page of the Regional ATP Cycle 5 Guidelines. Required materials include the electronic statewide ATP application (see above), printed; regional supplemental application, and other required back-up information. All application materials, in the form of 1 electronic copy must be received electronically by MTC no later than September 15, 2020 to be considered. Electronic copies must be submitted through MTC’s ATP file upload portal at:

MTC Regional ATP Workshop & Technical Assistance

MTC recently hosted an online regional applicant workshop to share the latest program and application information for ATP Cycle 5. If you were unable to attend, you can view a recording of the webinar here, and the presentation material here.

New for Cycle 5, MTC is implementing an ATP application technical assistance program. Technical assistance will include application scope development and assistance in screening throughout your application, 1-on-1 application technical assistance, and overall quality control, including writing assistance, editing, and proofreading. The program is available to all agencies, however, MTC will prioritize projects with a strong connection to communities of concerns and disadvantaged communities.

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

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

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 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.