Lifeline Transportation Program

MTC’s Lifeline Transportation Program funds projects that advance mobility and accessibility in low-income communities.


Through the Lifeline Transportation Program, MTC works with county transportation agencies to establish better service for communities that rely on public transit.

MTC taps both state and federal funds to provide Lifeline grants for projects that meet mobility and accessibility needs in Equity Priority Communities across the Bay Area.

Project types include:

  • Fixed-route bus service
  • Transit stop improvements
  • Pedestrian and bicycle access improvements
  • Transportation services for seniors and children
  • Community shuttles
  • Auto loan programs
  • Participatory budgeting pilots
  • Regional means-based transit discount program (Clipper® Start)

MTC allocated some $285 million for grants to over 300 projects during the first six cycles of the Lifeline Transportation Program.


MTC establishes new guidelines for each cycle of the Lifeline Transportation Program. But the goal is the same: fund community-based transportation projects developed through a collaborative and inclusive process.

Lifeline projects must address transportation gaps or barriers identified in community-based transportation plans or other local planning efforts in low-income neighborhoods.


The Bay Area’s nine county transportation agencies (CTAs) administer the Lifeline Transportation Program.

This includes determining the eligibility of grant proposals and appointing local review teams to evaluate them. CTAs also guide MTC’s Community-Based Transportation Planning Program.

Lifeline Transportation Program-funded initiatives are made possible through partnerships with transit agencies, social service and health entities, community-based organizations and non-profits.

The Region’s Blueprint

Projects funded by the Lifeline Transportation Program are also listed in the region’s four-year Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan, the region’s blueprint for serving seniors, people with lower incomes and people with disabilities.