Transportation Fund for Clean Air Call for Projects | FY 2017/18

The Fiscal Year 2017/18 TFCA County Program Manager Fund call for projects has closed.


The Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program (TFCA) was established to fund the most effective transportation projects that achieve emission reductions from motor vehicles. Funds are generated from a $4 surcharge on the vehicle registration fee. Forty percent of the funds are set aside for Program Managers for each of the nine counties in the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District). The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (Transportation Authority) is the designated Program Manager for the City and County of San Francisco. The remaining sixty percent of the revenues, referred to as the Regional Fund, is distributed on a competitive basis to applicants from the nine Bay Area counties. The Regional Fund is administered by the Air District through a separate application process. This solicitation is for projects under the Fiscal Year 2017/18 TFCA County Program Manager Fund for San Francisco.



$724,466 is available to San Francisco's Program Manager Fund for the Fiscal Year 2017/18 cycle. There is no local match requirement.


Consistent with the legislation governing the TFCA program, and the Air District's adopted policies for the Fiscal Year 2017/18 TFCA County Program Manager fund, we will accept applications for the types of projects listed below:

  • Bicycle Projects
  • Smart Growth/Traffic Calming
  • Ridesharing Programs
  • Bike Share
  • Shuttle/Feeder Bus Service
  • Arterial Management
  • Alternative Fuel Light-Duty Vehicles
  • Alternative Fuel Heavy-Duty Vehicles 
  • Alternative Fuel Buses
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure


Public agencies are eligible to apply for all project categories. Non-public entities may only be awarded TFCA grants for certain clean air vehicle projects (new alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure projects) that reduce mobile source emissions.

how are tfca projects selected?

Projects are selected based on the Transportation Authority's local prioritization criteria for the expenditure of TFCA funds, which were considered by the Transportation Authority on February 28, 2017. The intent of the criteria is to maximize the air quality benefits to San Francisco while allowing room to test a variety of new and innovative strategies for achieving motor vehicle emission reductions. As in prior years, the Transportation Authority's local expenditure criteria include:

  • Project type
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Emissions reduced
  • Program diversity
  • Project readiness (projects must be delivered within two years of receipt of funds)
  • Sponsor's track record of delivering prior TFCA projects

All applicant projects must meet the Air District's eligibility requirements, or have an exception pre-approved by the Transportation Authority and Air District staff before funds are programmed to the project.


Each project application must include a completed Project Information Form and the Cost Effectiveness Worksheet appropriate for the subject project.

Project Information Form

Please note that applications submitted in response to the San Francisco call for projects must include more detail than the Air District requires in the Project Schedule section, and a Project Budget section has been added. These modifications are included in the Project Information Form but not referenced in the Air District's Program Guidance document.

Cost Effectiveness Worksheets

Please submit applications to


Please contact Mike Pickford, Transportation Planner, at 415-522-4822 or via email, if you have any questions.