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

Buses and Bus Facilities Program

Application Due Date: April 29, 2020

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced $454.6 million of FY 2020 funds available for buses, bus facilities, and bus equipment. Eligible projects include capital projects to replace, rehabilitate, lease, or purchase buses and related equipment or rehabilitate, purchase, construct or lease bus-related facilities, such as buildings for bus storage and maintenance. Eligible applicants are designated recipients that operate or allocate funding to fixed route bus services; state or local governmental entities; and federally recognized Indian tribes that operate fixed route bus service. FTA also may award grants for projects undertaken by subrecipients that are private nonprofit organizations engaged in public transportation. 

FTA may prioritize projects that address significant repair and maintenance needs, improve the safety of transit systems, and deploy projects that include advanced technologies to connect bus systems with other networks. FTA encourages applicants to demonstrate how their proposed projects are consistent with the Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) initiatives. The federal share of eligible capital costs is 80 percent of the net capital project cost, except for certain projects related to the ADA, the Clean Air Act, and bicycle infrastructure. There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount.   

Passenger Ferry Grant Program

Application Due Date: April 29, 2020

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is soliciting project proposals for the Passenger Ferry Grant Program. Approximately $30 million is available to assist with financing capital projects to support existing passenger ferry service, establish new ferry service, and to repair and modernize ferry boats, terminals, and related facilities and equipment. Funds will be awarded based on factors such as the age and condition of existing ferry boats, terminals and related infrastructure; benefits to riders, such as increased reliability; project readiness; and connectivity to other modes of transportation. Funds may not be used for operating expenses, planning, or preventive maintenance.

Eligible applicants must be designated recipients or eligible direct recipients of Section 5307 funds, which include public entities engaged in providing a public transportation passenger ferry service in urbanized areas. There is no minimum or maximum grant award amount and FTA intends to fund as many projects as possible. Due to funding limitations, selected projects may receive less than the requested amount and an applicant must be able to demonstrate that the proposed project is viable and able to be completed with the awarded amount. Once awards are announced, funds are available for the year the announcement is made plus five years.

Urban Greening Grant Program

Application Period: Due date of May 1, 2020 postponed until further notice

The California Natural Resources Agency is accepting concept proposals for the fourth cycle of the Urban Greening Grant Program. Approximately $28.5 million is available to support the development of green infrastructure projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide multiple benefits such as decreasing air and water pollution or reducing natural resource or energy consumption. Cities, counties, special districts, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include those that acquire, create, enhance or expand community parks and green spaces or use natural systems or mimic natural systems to achieve multiple benefits. In addition, projects must include one of the following activities:

  • Sequester and store carbon by planting trees
  • Reduce building energy use by strategically planting trees to shade buildings
  • Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes, or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools

Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process. 

Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)

Application Period: Due May 18, 2020

The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) has announced $1 billion in funding available through the  FY 20 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grant program. Replacing the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program, BUILD invests in road, rail, transit and port projects that promise to achieve national objectives. Surface transportation capital projects that include highways, bridges, public transportation, passenger and freight transportation, port infrastructure (including inland infrastructure and land ports of entry), and multi-modal projects are eligible for funding. At least $15 million will be awarded for eligible planning and pre-construction activities. Eligible applicants are State, local and tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations, and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. The  minimum grant award for projects in urban areas is $5 million and the maximum grant award is $25 million.  No more than 10% of funds ($100 million) can be awarded to a single State. DOT intends to award 50% of BUILD Transportation grant funding to projects located in rural areas.  BUILD funding can be used for up to 80 percent of the costs of projects located in an urban area. For more information, view the US DOT 2020 BUILD Webinar Series.

MTC may provide support letters for projects that are consistent with Plan Bay Area 2040 and appear eligible for the BUILD program. Agencies submitting an application to USDOT and requesting a letter of support from MTC should email the following to Anne Spevack at aspevack@bayareametro.gov by April 20, 2020:

  • Project Name
  • Project Sponsor
  • Brief Description
  • Project Type (Urban or Rural)
  • Requested BUILD Funding
  • Total Project Cost
  • Plan Bay Area 2040 Project Title and RTP ID

Federal Transit Administration (FTA) - Accelerating Innovative Mobility

Application Period: Due May 18, 2020

The FTA has announced $11 million in funding available through the Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) competitive grant program.  AIM will provide grants to help transit agencies explore new service models that provide more efficient and frequent service. Providers of public transportation, including transit agencies, state or local government departments of transportation, and federally recognized tribal governments, are eligible to apply. Eligible applicants may indicate one or more project partners. Eligible projects include the following:

  • Integrated scheduling, reservation, and payments across all mobility providers in a region
  • Innovative data tools to predict movement of all travelers to better target transit services and provide more comprehensive traveler information
  • New, more flexible or integrated operational models of bus service
  • Emerging approaches or technologies that enable access for all populations 
  • Innovative projects to demonstrate market-ready or near market-ready transit automation for revenue service
  • Partnerships with private, public, or nonprofit entities to connect riders to high-demand services or destinations

Projects funded through AIM will be allowed a maximum of 12 months for project planning. The federal share of project costs is limited to 80 percent and there is no minimum or maximum grant award. For more information, view the FTA's webinar on the AIM grant program at 10:00 am on Thursday, April 2, 2020. 

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 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

The Air District has about $40 million available through the Community Health Protection Grant Program for mobile and stationary source projects in the Bay Area. Mobile source project requirements primarily follow the Carl Moyer Program and Proposition 1B Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program (for truck projects), so eligible projects include equipment or vehicle replacement, engine replacement, power system conversion, and battery charging or fueling infrastructure. Eligible equipment includes trucks and buses, public school buses, off-road equipment, agricultural equipment, marine vessels and equipment, and locomotives. Public or private entities that own a variety of equipment types are encouraged to apply in each category, particularly if and projects may include fueling or charging infrastructure. Funds are available now on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been spent. Projects must be contracted by June 2020 and funds paid out by June 2022. See the Air District website for more information, as there are some additional requirements versus the Carl Moyer Program, including that San Francisco projects must be located in Eastern San Francisco.

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