Calls for Projects: Transportation Authority

Call for Projects: Transportation Authority 

Prop AA Vehicle Registration Fee

Prop AA is a voter-approved $10 countywide vehicle registration fee that generates about $5 million in revenues each year. Prop AA is used to fund smaller, high-impact street repair and reconstruction, pedestrian safety, and transit reliability and mobility improvement projects throughout the city.

  • Our Prop AA page provides links to all of the crucial documents associated with the planning and programming of Prop AA funds.
  • Our Prop AA Sponsors page provides the materials needed to apply for Prop AA funds.
Prop AA Call for Projects: Closed

The Transportation Authority is no longer accepting applications for the call for projects for Proposition AA (Prop AA) vehicle registration fee revenues, for Fiscal Years 2020/21 and 2021/22. Applications were due to the Transportation Authority by July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit the Prop AA Open Call page for the latest updates.

Transportation Fund for Clean Air

The Transportation Authority is the designated Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Program Manager for San Francisco. In that capacity, it programs approximately $800,000 every year to bicycle, pedestrian, and other transportation projects that help improve air quality by reducing motor vehicle emissions. The Transportation Authority also provides assistance to project sponsors in applying for regional TFCA funds, programmed directly by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

  • Our TFCA page lists Transportation Authority projects funded and completed, with sponsors and funds allocated.
  • The regional TFCA program page provides details on the Air District's Regional TFCA Fund Program.
TFCA Call for Projects: Closed

The Transportation Authority is no longer accepting applications for the Fiscal Year 2020/21 Call for Projects. Applications were due to the Transportation Authority by Monday, May 4, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit the TFCA Open Call Page for latest updates.

One Bay Area Grant Program

In 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission established the One Bay Area Grant program to direct federal transportation funding to projects that advance regional transportation priorities while also advancing the Bay Area's housing and land use housing goals. As San Francisco's Congestion Management Agency, the Transportation Authority is responsible for issuing a call for projects and approving San Francisco's One Bay Area Grant project priorities for San Francisco's county share of funds. To date, the Transportation Authority has awarded $77 million in OBAG funds to over two dozen projects in two grant cycles (2012 and 2017).

  • Our OBAG page provides more information, including previous projects that have received funding.
OBAG Call for Projects

The Transportation Authority anticipates a third round of the OBAG program in Fiscal Year 2021/22.

Lifeline Transportation Program

The San Francisco Lifeline Transportation Program (SF LTP) funds projects that:

  • Improve a range of transportation choices for low-income populations
  • Address gaps or barriers identified through community-based transportation plans or other substantive, collaborative, and inclusive planning efforts involving focused outreach to low-income populations.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to: new, enhanced, or restored transit service, including late-night and weekend services; transit stop enhancements; purchase of vehicles or technologies; transit-related aspects of bicycling; shuttle service; and various elements of mobility management. Public transit agencies are eligible to apply, and a 10 percent local match is required. 

Our SF LTP webpage provides more information, including projects that have received funding.

SF LTP Call for Projects

The Transportation Authority anticipates releasing a call for projects for SF LTP Cycle 2 in spring 2021. 

Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities

Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities

Goods Movement Program

Application Period: Due January 15, 2021

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has $20 million available through the Goods Movement Program to reduce air pollution from freight movement activities in California. Funding is available for heavy-duty trucks and their electric charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure, transportation refrigeration units (TRU), cargo handling equipment, shore power electrification, and locomotive projects. Except for locomotives and hybrid diesel trucks, all replacement equipment must be non-diesel-fueled. To be eligible to apply, owners of equipment must move freight/bulk goods or materials for sale or purchase on the major California trade routes (see map) more than 50 percent of the time. Maximum award amounts vary by project type, generally ranging from 15 to 75% of eligible costs. 

For more information on funding options and instructions for submitting your applications online, visit the Goods Movement Program webpage

California Office of Traffic Safety Grants

Application Period: Due January 30, 2021

In December 2020, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is anticipated to announce the grant application period for Fiscal Year 2020/21 OTS grants. The goal of the annual program is to prevent serious injury and death resulting from motor vehicle crashes so that all roadway users arrive at their destination safely. Public entities are eligible to submit applications for funding. 501c (3) non-profit organizations may apply if a public entity acts as a grant host. Eligible projects must use the funds for one of the program priority areas: 

  • Alcohol-Impaired Driving
  • Drug-Impaired Driving
  • Motorcycle Safety
  • Police Traffic Services
  • Roadway Safety and Traffic Records
  • Distracted Driving
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Occupant Protection
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing Program

Two types of grant applications are available – General grants and Grants Made Easy. Application type is determined by the problem the funding will address. The problem must be identified through analysis of local crash data, California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) data, and the OTS Rankings for California cities and counties.The expenses and costs eligible for reimbursement under the highway safety program are those stipulated in the approved grant budget. To be allowable, costs must be necessary, reasonable, allocable, and expended according to the appropriate federal and state statutes or grant regulations. Project expenses are reimbursed after the grantee pays for them. Funds are intended as “seed money” to start new programs. For more detail, visit the OTS webpage and view the OTS Grant Program Manual.

Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Application Period: Anticipated in January 2021 

Caltrans has released the FY 2021-22 Draft Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Application Guide for comments. The guide describes policies, grant program objectives, grant administrative requirements, and procedures for submitting a competitive grant application. Comments were due to Regional.Planning.Grants@dot.ca.gov by November 4, 2020. The grant application deadline is anticipated in January 2021 with grant awards in spring. The  anticipated start date is in July 2021 for MPOs and by November 2021 for non-MPOs. 

Learn more about the program and upcoming webinars

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program

 Applications Period: Due February 11, 2021  

In fall 2020, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) is expected to announce $375 million in grants or loans through Round 6 of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program to fund projects that make it easier for residents to get out of their cars and walk, bike, or take public transit.  Eligible applicants include local governments, transit agencies, non-profit and for-profit housing developers, joint powers authorities, K-12 and college/university school districts, and federally recognized tribal governments. AHSC provides funding for affordable housing developments (new construction or renovation) and transportation infrastructure, including new transit vehicles, sidewalks, and bike lanes; transportation-related amenities, such as bus shelters, benches, or shade trees; and other programs that encourage residents to walk, bike, and use public transit.

Projects benefiting disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, or low-income households, as defined by the SGC, will receive priority in the scoring process. Project awards range from $1 million to $30 million. At the time of application, the project must demonstrate that the committed funding combined with the AHSC request cover at least 90% of the total development cost.  Final guidelines will be approved in November 2020. Deadline to Request AHSC Technical Assistance (allocated on a rolling basis) is December 15, 2020. 

Learn more about the AHSC program 

Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program

Application Period: Applications accepted on a rolling basis

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $100 million available for  the Expedited Project Delivery (EPD) Pilot Program. The program aims to streamline project delivery of new transit infrastructure and encourages innovative partnerships. State and local government authorities may apply. Eligible projects include fixed guideway capital projects, small start projects, or core capacity improvement projects that have not entered into a full funding grant agreement with FTA. Projects under this program must include public-private partnerships, be operated and maintained by employees of an existing public transportation provider, and have a federal share not exceeding 25 percent of the project cost. 

FTA intends to award up to eight grants under this announcement, subject to funding availability. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified whether their application was approved within 120 days of submittal.

Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Zero-Emission Transit, School, and Shuttle Bus Program

Application Period: Continuous

The Volkswagen (VW) Mitigation Trust was established as part of a settlement with Volkswagen for using illegal emission testing defeat devices in certain VW vehicles, resulting in excess NOx emissions. $130 million in first come, first served funding is available to replace high-polluting transit and shuttle buses with new battery-electric or fuel-cell buses.  There is no longer funding available for school buses.  Government and non-government vehicle owners as well as agencies that lease or rent applicable buses to third parties are eligible to apply.  The old bus to be replaced must have a fuel type of gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas (CNG); an internal combustion engine; and an engine model year of 2009 or older.  The maximum funding per entity is capped at $3,250,000 and the maximum funding level for each vehicle varies based on the bus and fuel types, ranging from $160,000 to $400,000 per vehicle.  Matching funds are required for all non-government owned purchases (at least 25 percent).

Bay Area Vanpool Program

Application period: Continuous

MTC’s recently established Bay Area Vanpool Program is offering direct subsidies to new and existing vanpools, thanks to an infusion of over $9.5 million approved by MTC in July of 2018 for the next five years. Qualifying vanpools that rent their vehicles through Enterprise (the preferred vendor for the Vanpool Program) are eligible for a $350/month subsidy. Vanpoolers can pay for their remaining vanpool costs with pretax dollars, further reducing the cost of their shared commute.

Learn how to join a vanpool, start a new one, or see if your existing vanpool qualifies for the subsidy.
Learn how vanpool groups can apply for subsidies.

Carl Moyer Program

Application period: Continuous

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has up to $10 million available for the Carl Moyer Program. This program funds equipment or vehicle replacement, engine replacement, power system conversion, and battery charging or fueling infrastructure. It aims to reduce emissions in the communities most impacted by air pollution. Eligible equipment includes:

  • Trucks and Buses

  • Public School Buses

  • Off-road Equipment

  • Agricultural Equipment

  • Marine Vessels and Equipment

  • Locomotives 

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum funding amounts depend on the type of project. Projects required by law or contract are ineligible. Public or private entities that will operate the equipment within the Bay Area may apply. New project types and increased grant amounts are available for the purchase of hybrid, zero- and near-zero-emissions equipment, and for fueling and charging infrastructure as part of alternative-fuel or battery-electric project types.

Community Health Protection Grant Program

Application period: Continuous

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has up to $40 million available for the Community Health Protection Grant Program, which follows the same guidelines as the Carl Moyer program, with a few caveats, including that projects must be in eligible areas, such as “Eastern San Francisco”. Please see the information for the Carl Moyer Program above, as well as the Air District Community Health Protection Grant Program website for additional information.

Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust Zero-Emission Class 8 Freight and Port Drayage Trucks Category

Application Period: Continuous

On August 18, 2020, the Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust released the first solicitation for freight and port drayage truck projects. $27 million is available on a first-come, first-served basis to fund the replacement of Class 8 freight trucks (including drayage trucks), waste haulers, dump trucks, and concrete mixers with zero emission technologies. Both public and private entities that own and operate eligible vehicles may apply. The program will fund up to 100% of project cost for government owned equipment and up to 75% of cost for non-government owned equipment. Per piece of equipment, maximum funding is $200,000. 

The program is currently oversubscribed. Applications will continue to be accepted in order to generate a back-up list of applications. Projects placed on the back-up list will only be considered if returned or additional funds become available.

Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program

Application period: Anticipated to Re-Open in Late 2020

The California Air Resources Board's (CARB) Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP), provides vouchers to California purchasers and lessees of eligible zero-emission, hybrid and low NOx medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses. The program is meant to accelerate the adoption of clean vehicle technology. Voucher amounts range between $20,000 and $110,000, depending on the vehicle's weight. Increased voucher amounts are available for buses purchased by school districts. Any purchaser of an eligible vehicle may apply for funding, with a limit of 200 vouchers per fleet. Vouchers are applied at the point of sale.
 
No new voucher requests will be accepted until HVIP reopens when FY 2020 – 21 funding is available. This is anticipated for late 2020. The California Air Resources Board closed the waitlist on November 1, 2019.

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program

Application Period: Anticipated to Open in January 2021

In January 2021, the California Natural Resources Agency is anticipated to announce approximately $13.4 million available through the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation program to fund projects that contribute to mitigation of the environmental effects of transportation facilities. Local, state, and federal agencies and nonprofits may apply. While partnerships are encouraged, only one entity may submit a project proposal. Eligible projects must fit one of the following categories:

  • Urban Forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.
  • Resource Lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within the right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements.
  • Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency projects to mitigate the impact of proposed Transportation Facilities or to enhance the environment, where the ability to effectuate the mitigation or enhancement measures is beyond the scope of the lead agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.

In previous cycles, grants have been limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1,000,000 for acquisition projects. Matching funds are not required; however, project proposals which include other sources of funds for the proposed project may be more competitive. Development projects are funded on a reimbursement basis and acquisition projects may include advances into escrow towards the fair market value of the property.

Additional Resources

View Caltrans' 2017 Guide to Transportation Funding in California (PDF) for an overview of transportation funding sources and apportionments.

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has created a list of programs that may fund active transportation projects and elements, to serve as a resource for cities, counties and agencies looking to fund valuable active transportation projects in their communities.

Contact

For more information or assistance with Prop K or other federal, state, or regional funding opportunities, contact Anna LaForte, Deputy Director for Policy & Programming

Federal Aid Project Delivery

Introduction

This is a resource page for sponsor agencies who currently or potentially may use federal funds to implement their transportation projects in San Francisco, focusing on Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds.

Funding Opportunities

Project Delivery Policies and Status Update Reports

Federal funds come with strict timely-use-of-funds requirements, especially on the obligation and reimbursement, at various levels⁠—federal, state, and regional. It is critical for sponsors to adhere to the requirements to avoid risk of losing funds.

Caltrans Programs and Procedures References

Caltrans, with its delegated authority from FHWA, develops procedures for and conducts review of a majority of FHWA-funded projects. Also see Caltrans District 4 page and the Training Resources section (below) for materials from past trainings.

  • Local Assistance Program Guidelines (LAPG) provides a description of federal and state programs, including:
    • Introduction/Overview: Ch 1 Introduction/Overview (PDF); Ch 2 Financing the Federal-Aid Highway Program (PDF); Ch 3 Federal-Aid Routes & Functional Classifications
    • Most commonly used funding programs: Ch 4 Surface Transportation Program (STP); Ch 5 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ); Ch 9 Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP); Ch 23 Local Agency State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Projects (PDF)
  • Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM) describes procedures and documents required to use federal and state funds. This link gives a compilation of "packages" required by phase.
    • Introduction/Overview: Ch 1 Introduction/Overview; Ch 2 Roles/Responsibilities
    • Authorization/Agreement/Invoicing: Ch 3 Project Authorization; Ch 4 Agreements; Ch 5 Accounting/Invoices
    • Environmental: Ch 6 Environmental Procedures
    • Preliminary Engineering: Ch 7 Field Review; Ch 8 Public Hearings; Ch 9 Civil Rights and DBEs; Ch 10 Consultant Selection; Ch 11 Design Standards; Ch 12 PS&E
    • ROW/Utility Coordination: Ch 13 ROW; Ch 14 Utility Relocations
    • Construction: Ch 15 Advertise and Award; Ch 16 Administer Contracts
    • Completion (and after): Ch 17 Project Completion; Ch 18 Maintenance; Ch 19 Oversight and Process Reviews; Ch 20 Deficiencies and Sanctions
    • LAPM forms in word documents
  • Updates

Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

Transportation projects that receive federal funds, are subject to a federally required action, or have a regionally significant air quality impact must be included in the TIP. 

2019 TIP update 

Non-exempt project [update to reflect Plan Bay Area 2040]

Primer & latest schedule

General

  • MTC TIP page, including MTC Guide to TIP and TIP revision schedule and status (2019 TIP)
  • MTC Fund Management System (FMS, online database for TIP) Workshop materials (03-26-12)
  • FMS Funding Report page, which generates reports showing obligation status by funding program by county
  • Air Quality (AQ) PM 2.5 ("fine particulate matter") Conformity Requirement: MTC, with the help of project sponsors, must conduct a project-level hot spot analysis for "projects of air quality concern."
    • MTC memo (PDF) on quantitative analysis requirement (12-12-11)
    • MTC instruction (PDF) to submit AQ PM 2.5 info (03-08-12, as part of the 2013 TIP Update)

Other Federal and State Agency Resources

Training Resources

FAQ

Contact

Aprile Smith, Senior Transportation Planner