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 Fiscal Years 2019/20 to 2021/22 Call for Projects. Applications were due to the Transportation Authority by April 26 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit the Prop AA Open Call page for 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 2019/20 Call for Projects. Applications were due to the Transportation Authority by Friday, April 19 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 2020. 

Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities

Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) - Transit Performance Initiative (TPI)

Application Period: Due January 29, 2020

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has released a call for projects for the FY2019-20 Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) Population-Based funds from the Transit Performance Initiative/Key Transit Corridors category. This is a competitive program of approximately $5 million to fund low-cost capital investments that improve ridership, reduce travel time, improve reliability, and/or improve customer experience on a key transit corridor using existing fleet size. 

LCTOP is a program administered by Caltrans that provides operating and capital assistance to transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility. Five percent of annual cap-and-trade auction proceeds go to LCTOP. Awarded projects must also be eligible under the LCTOP guidelines.  Recommendations of projects to the Programming and Allocations Committee will be made by March 11, 2020.

Transformative Climate Communities (TCC)

Applications due: February 28, 2020

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has announced $60 million through Round 3 of the Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) program to fund neighborhood-level projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in disadvantaged communities. Priority will be given to projects within neighborhoods ranked in the top 10 percent of CalEnviroScreen. Public and private non-profit agencies are eligible applicants for the implementation and planning grants available. 

Implementation Grants

$56,400,000 is available for two grant awards of $28,200,000 each. Eligible project types include equitable housing and neighborhood development, affordable housing land acquisition, and transit access and mobility. Grant terms are seven years and include a five year project completion period followed by a two year performance and monitoring period. 

Planning Grants

$600,000 is available for three grant awards of $200,000 each to help prepare disadvantaged communities for future funding opportunities. Eligible projects include evaluating, updating, and streamlining planning and other local government policies and codes; completing fiscal analyses and studies; developing climate action and adaptation plans; and designing or improving community engagement. Grant terms are two years.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - Accelerating Innovative Mobility

Application Period: Anticipated in Spring 2020

On January 14 the FTA announced its plan for an Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) competitive grant program, with a Notice of Funding Availability to be released in the spring.  AIM will provide $11 million in challenge grants to help transit agencies experiment with new ways of doing business, such as exploring new service models that provide more efficient and frequent service.  The initiative will also establish a national network of transit agencies that will test and share project results and use FTA’s technical assistance centers to promote promising innovations.  FTA has established the grant program to encourage innovation throughout the industry by promoting forward-thinking approaches to improve transit system design, service, and financing. We will provide more detail when the more detailed NOFO is released.

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 is accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis 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
  • Agricultral Equipment
  • Marine Vessels and Equipment
  • Locomotives 

$50 million was made available when the program opened on June 17, 2019. 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.

Zero-emission and alternative fuel or battery charging infrastructure projects are highly encouraged to apply. This year, there are also higher award amounts available for projects that replace diesel-fueled equipment with zero-emission equipment. Applicants are encouraged to read the Air District's call for projects, as new project types and increased grant amounts are available for other equipment and infrastructure purchases as well.

Clean Vehicle Rebate Project

Application period: Continuous

Funding is currently available from the California Air Resource Board's Clean Vehicle Rebate Project for public fleets to acquire approved new zero-emission or plug-in hybrid vehicles. Public agencies are eligible for the following rebates:

  • Fuel-cell Electric Vehicle: $5,000 to $7,000
  • Battery Electric Vehicle: $2,500 to $4,500
  • Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle: $1,500 to $3,500
  • Zero-emission Motorcycle: $900

Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis, and the total amount of funding available will vary over time. Agencies can receive up to 30 rebates a year. Agencies operating in disadvantaged communities as designated by CalEnviroScreen may qualify for the upper range of rebates listed above.

Community Health Protection Grant Program

Application period: Continuous
Eligibility: Public or private entities

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has $40 million available for eligible projects that reduce toxic air emissions and ozone-forming pollutants from mobile and stationary sources by replacing old, high-polluting vehicles and equipment. Priority is given to projects in the AB 617-identified communities, including eastern San Francisco. Community input will play an important role by informing the Air District’s project outreach and project identification processes. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are awarded to owners of eligible equipment and vehicles by June 2020. Please see the BAAQMD website for more information.

Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program

Application period: Continuous

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is accepting applications for the Hybrid Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP), which 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.

After funding was exhausted in 2017, an additional $140 million was added in January 2018. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Light-Duty Zero-Emissions Vehicle Program

Application period: Continuous

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has made $5 million available for fleet operators to purchase or lease new light-duty zero-emission vehicles. Applicants can receive $1,000 per light-duty vehicle or motorcycle. Project awards must range between $10,000 and $500,000. The proposed light-duty vehicles must be driven at least 18,000 miles a year to be eligible for funding.

View a list of eligible zero-emissions vehicles.

Funding is available on a first come, first-served basis to public and private fleet owners. Applicants must attend a pre-applicaiton webinars before submitting their request.

Vehicle Buy Back Program

Application period: Continuous

To reduce air pollution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's Vehicle Buy Back Program (VBB) will pay $1,000 for an operating and registered 1994 and older vehicle. Vehicle dismantlers contracted by the Air District will scrap the vehicles. The VBB Program is a voluntary program that takes older vehicles off the road. The VBB Program is funded through the Air District's Carl Moyer, Mobile Source Incentive Fund, and Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) programs.

The program is available until funds are exhausted.

Vehicle Trip Reduction Grant Program

Application period: Continuous
Eligibility: Only public agencies are eligible

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has approximately $3.5M available for eligible transportation services (e.g. demand responsive shuttles) and bicycle facility projects that improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds are awarded. Applicants must attend a pre-applicaiton webinars before submitting their request. Please see the BAAQMD website for more information.

Additional Resources

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

View MTC's guide Moving Costs for an overview of transportation funding for the San Francisco Bay Area.

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)
  • SF mini TIP hands-on training handout (10-24-16)

Other Federal and State Agency Resources

Training Resources

FAQ

Contact

Aprile Smith, Senior Transportation Planner