Call 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 

Buses and Bus Facilities Program

Proposals due: May 31, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $372 million available for Fiscal Year 2022 grants to help transit agencies purchase and rehabilitate buses, vans, and related equipment, and build bus facilities. Eligible applicants include designated recipients that allocate funds to fixed route bus operators, states or local governmental entities that operate fixed route bus service, and Indian tribes. Eligible subrecipients include all otherwise eligible applicants and private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation. Eligible projects include capital projects to replace, rehabilitate and purchase buses, vans, and related equipment, and to construct bus-related facilities, including technological changes or innovations to modify low or no emission vehicles or facilities. The federal share of eligible capital costs is 80 percent of the net capital project cost, unless the grant recipient requests a lower percentage. The Federal share may exceed 80 percent for certain projects related to the ADA, the Clean Air Act (CAA), and certain bicycle projects. For more information, visit: https://www.transit.dot.gov/bus-program

Low or No Emission Vehicle Program

Proposals due: May 31, 2022

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced approximately $1.1 billion available for Fiscal Year 2022 grants to help modernize bus fleets and bus facilities across the country, including to help transit agencies purchase or lease low- or no- emission vehicles that use advanced technologies to help improve air quality and combat climate change. Eligible applicants include direct or designated recipients of FTA grants; States; local governmental authorities; and Indian Tribes. Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for funding eligible projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated state proposal. States and other eligible applicants also may submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas. Eligible projects include purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses, acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source, constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses, constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses, and rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses. All eligible expenses under the Low-No Program are attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore, the Federal share of the cost of leasing or purchasing a transit bus is not to exceed 85 percent of the total transit bus cost. The federal share in the cost of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities is 90 percent of the net project cost. For more information, visit: https://www.transit.dot.gov/lowno 

Safe Streets and Roads for All

Applications are expected to open in May 2022

This new $5 billion competitive grant program at the Department of Transportation (USDOT) will provide funding directly to and exclusively for local governments to support their efforts to advance "vision zero” plans and other complete street improvements to reduce crashes and fatalities, especially for cyclists and pedestrians. Eligible applicants include metropolitan planning organizations; counties, cities, towns, other special districts that are subdivisions of a State, and transit agencies; federally recognized Tribal governments; and multi-jurisdictional groups comprised of the above entities.

Active Transportation Program (ATP) – Statewide

Application deadline: June 15, 2022

On March 16th, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) released the call for projects for Cycle 6 of the statewide Active Transportation Program (ATP), which funds infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects that increase the use of active transportation modes like walking and biking. ATP Cycle 6 has $325 million available over four fiscal years 2023/24 through 2026/27. The Commission does not require a funding match for ATP, although it encourages the leveraging of additional funds. At least 25% of total funds must benefit a disadvantaged community and projects that benefit these communities are awarded additional points in the evaluation process. Eligible projects include: (1) Infrastructure Projects: Capital projects that will further the goals of the ATP. (2) Plans: The development of a community-wide bicycle, pedestrian, safe routes to school, or active transportation plan located in a disadvantaged community. (3) Non-infrastructure Projects: Education and encouragement programs that further the goals of the ATP. (4) Infrastructure projects with non-infrastructure components: Capital projects that include an education or encouragement component. (5) Quick-Build Project Phase II Pilot Program. Minimum grant award is $250,000 for infrastructure projects, which does not apply to non-infrastructure projects, safe routes to school projects, recreational trail projects, plans, and quick-build pilot projects. Large (>$10 million) and Medium (>$3.5 million) infrastructure Projects will be scored on leveraging other fund sources (up to 5 points).

Active Transportation Program (ATP) – Regional

Application deadline: June 15, 2022

In parallel with statewide ATP, MTC released the Regional ATP Cycle 6 call for projects that follows the same major dates as the statewide program (e.g., applications due June 15, 2022). The Regional ATP has $55 million available over Fiscal Years 2023/24 through 2026/27. MTC will follow the State Competitive ATP Guidelines, with the main differences from the Statewide ATP Guidelines as follows: (1) Update the additional screening criteria to require that jurisdictions receiving funds in future regional ATP cycles have an approved Housing Element, an approved Local Road Safety Plan, and are consistent with MTC’s Complete Streets Policy, as required by the One Bay Area Grant Program (OBAG 3); (2) Maintain additional screening criteria focused on transit agency coordination; (3) Maintain additional evaluation criteria; (4) Maintain the revised Disadvantaged Communities portion of the Statewide Application; (5) Maintain an 11.47% match requirement, with match waivers for projects benefiting an Equity Priority Community, stand-alone non-infrastructure projects, and safe routes to school projects; (6) Maintain the provision requiring applicants requesting more than $10 million to provide a scalability plan for their project; (7) Maintain a contingency project list.

RAISE Round 2

Application deadline: April 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time

The US DOT has announced a second $1.5 billion round of discretionary RAISE funding. Projects eligible for funding include highways, bridges, public transportation, passenger rail or freight rail transportation, and port infrastructure. Eligible applicants include states, local government, or public agency with a transportation function. The Federal share may not exceed 80 percent of the project, unless the project is located in a rural area, a historically disadvantaged community, or an area of persistent poverty. Grant minimums are $5 million in urbanized areas, and requests must not exceed $25 million. No more than 50 percent of available funding is to be allocated to projects in rural areas and not more than 50 percent is to be allocated for projects in urbanized areas, with up to five percent is to be made available for the planning, preparation or design of eligible projects. For more information visit the program website. US DOT intends to amend this NOFO to provide more details on or before January 30, 2022.

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.

Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program

Application period: Available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, August 10

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.  Up to $83 million is available.

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.

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).

Additional Resources

View Caltrans' 2020 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