- Call for Projects: Transportation Authority
- Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities
- Federal Aid Project Delivery
Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities
Application deadline for new projects and high-priority grade separations: February 10, 2023
The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has announced a call for projects for Cycle 6 of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP). This grant cycle will program projects starting with the 2022-23 fiscal year and ending with the 2026-27 fiscal year. The funds for Cycle 6 are regionally subdivided. Funds available for the state, outside of Southern California are:
- Existing TIRCP Projects Leveraging Federal and Local Funds Reserve: $900 million to $1.20 billion
- Major Projects Project Development Reserve: up to $150 million
- High Priority Grade Crossing Improvement and Separation Projects: $70 million to $210 million
- New Projects: $148.5 million to $598.5 million
The goal of TIRCP is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases; expand and improve transit service to increase ridership; integrate the rail service of the state’s various rail operations, including integration with the high-speed rail system; and improve transit safety. Eligible applicants include public agencies, including joint powers agencies, that operate or have planning responsibility for existing or planned regularly scheduled intercity or commuter passenger rail service (and associated feeder bus service to intercity rail services), urban rail transit service, or bus or ferry transit service (including commuter bus, vanpool, and micro transit services). Public agencies include local municipalities that operate transit service, construction authorities, transportation authorities, and other similar public entities created by statute.
- For High Priority Grade Crossing Improvement and Separation Projects, eligible applicants include a unit of local government or a group of local governments (including Joint Powers Authorities); a maritime port; a metropolitan planning organization; a federally recognized Native American Tribe.
- For Existing TIRCP Projects Leveraging Federal and Local Funds, applicants must be the same as those that submitted the original application.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, rail capital projects; rail projects that increase service levels, improve reliability, or decrease travel times; rail, bus, and ferry integration implementation; and bus rapid transit and other bus and ferry transit investments. There is no minimum match requirement for this funding source, but funding leverage is desirable and will be considered in the evaluation of expected project benefits.
Application deadline: February 28, 2023
The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of $1.5 billion for Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) competitive grants under the Local and Regional Project Assistance Program. Eligible projects include surface transportation infrastructure projects that improve safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, mobility and community connectivity, economic competitiveness and opportunity including tourism, state of good repair, partnership and collaboration, and innovation. Eligible applicants include states and the District of Columbia; a unit of local government; a public agency or publicly chartered authority established by 1 or more States; port authorities; federally recognized Tribal Governments; transit agencies; and a multi-State or multijurisdictional group of entities. The minimum award size is $5 million in urban areas ($1 million in rural areas) and the maximum award size is $25 million. Federal funding through RAISE may account for no more than 80% of total project costs, except in rural areas, historically disadvantaged communities, and areas of persistent poverty.
Application deadline: March 2, 2023
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) announced $10 million in funding for the Measure RR Safe Routes to BART Grant Program Cycle 2. The goals of the Safe Routes to BART Grant program are to help partner agencies implement active transportation capital projects that support BART’s station access policy, but that are not located on BART property, expand station access choices, and make it safer and easier for all riders to use the system. Eligible applicants include public agencies within Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties that have the authority over right-of-way to implement project elements. The award minimum is $500,000 and the award maximum is $1,500,000. There is a 30% match required and design must be at least 35% complete. Funds may be used for construction only.
Application deadline: March 3, 2023
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has announced $5 million in funding for the Fiscal Year 2023 Charge! Program to rapidly expand access to Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations to help achieve the Bay Area’s EV-adoption goals of 90% of the overall vehicle fleet by 2050. Eligible projects include purchasing and installing new publicly accessible (multi-family housing located projects are not subject to public accessibility requirements) chargers for EVs along transportation corridors, at multi-family housing facilities, destinations, transit parking locations, and workplaces within BAAQMD’s jurisdiction. Eligible applicants include businesses, homeowner associations, non-profits, and public agencies who either own the property where the proposed charging stations will be installed, or who have authority/permission from the property owner to install and operate charging stations for the duration of the Project Term. The local match requirement is 15%. The minimum grant award is $10,000 and the maximum grant award is $3,000,000.
Application deadline: March 7, 2023
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Department of Transportation announced the availability of up to $2,283,150,000 over Fiscal Year 2022 in competitive grant funds for intercity passenger rail service. Eligible projects include:
- A project to replace, rehabilitate, or repair infrastructure, equipment, or a facility used for providing intercity passenger rail service.
- A project to improve intercity passenger rail service performance, including reduced trip times, increased train frequencies, higher operating speeds, improved reliability, expanded capacity, reduced congestion, electrification, and other improvements.
- A project to expand or establish new intercity passenger rail service.
- A group of related projects described in paragraphs (1) through (3).
- The planning, environmental studies, and final design for a project or group of projects described in paragraphs (1) through (4).
Eligible applicants include states; groups of states; interstate compacts; public agencies or publicly chartered authorities established by one or more states; political subdivisions of a state; Amtrak; and federally recognized Indian Tribes. There are no predetermined minimum or maximum dollar thresholds for awards. The federal share is up to 80 percent of the project cost.
Application deadline: March 9, 2023
Caltrans has released a call for projects for the Fiscal Year 2023-24 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants, including Sustainable Communities, Strategic Partnerships, and a one-time augmentation of $50 million for Climate Adaptation Planning.
- Sustainable Communities Grants ($17 million competitive, $12.5 million formula to MPOs) to encourage local and regional planning that furthers state goals, including, but not limited to, the goals and best practices cited in the Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines adopted by the California Transportation Commission. Eligible applicants: MPOs (with sub-applicants); RTPAs; transit agencies; cities and counties with compliant Housing Elements and completed Annual Progress Reports; Tribal Governments; and other public transportation planning entities. Minimum award: $100,000 ($50,000 for Underserved Communities), maximum award: $700,000, required local match is 11.47%. Approximately $3 million set-aside for technical projects such as data acquisition or road pricing studies and $500,000 set-aside for Tribal Governments.
- Climate Adaptation Planning Grants ($50 million) to support local and regional identification of transportation-related climate vulnerabilities through the development of climate adaptation plans, as well as project-level adaptation planning to identify adaptation projects and strategies for transportation infrastructure. Eligible primary applicants: MPOs/RTPAs; transit agencies; cities and counties; Tribal Governments; a joint exercise of powers authority; and local transportation authorities. Minimum award: $100,000, maximum award: $1.5 million for a single organization and $1.5 – $3 million to be considered for partnership applications, required local match is 11.47% (not required for Native American Tribal Governments).
- Strategic Partnerships ($1.5 million) to fund transportation planning studies in partnership with Caltrans that address the regional, interregional and statewide needs of the State highway system. Eligible primary applicants: MPOs and RTPAs, eligible sub-applicants: MPOs/RTPAs; transit agencies; universities and community colleges; Tribal Governments; cities and counties; community-based organizations; non-profits; and other public entities. Minimum award: $100,000, maximum award: $500,000, required local match is 20%.
- Strategic Partnerships – Transit ($3 million) to fund multimodal planning studies with a focus on transit, in partnership with Caltrans, of regional, interregional and statewide significance. Eligible primary applicants: MPOs and RTPAs, eligible sub-applicants: MPOs/RTPAs; transit agencies; universities and community colleges; Tribal Governments; cities and counties; community-based organizations; non-profits; and other public entities. Minimum award: $100,000, maximum award: $500,000, required local match is 11.47%.
Learn more by attending the virtual District 4 open house on Monday, January 23, 2023, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM.
Application deadline: March 31, 2023
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has announced the availability of $6.6 million in funding from the Adaptation Planning Grant Program (APGP). This competitive grant program aims to facilitate climate adaptation planning and support the development of climate-resilient projects across the state. Eligible projects include those that identify climate resilience priorities; engage in integrated climate planning; plan social and physical climate resilient infrastructure projects; and strengthen local coordination, leadership, knowledge, and skills to implement co-beneficial projects and increase access to additional state and federal funding. Eligible applicants include local public entities, community-based organizations, and nonprofits. There should be a minimum of one co-applicant in addition to the lead applicant, and more than one co-applicant is encouraged. The minimum award size is $150,000 and maximum award size is $650,000 for planning projects spanning 30 months. No local match is required.
Please note that applicants must submit an initial "Request for Full Application" survey in order to receive a link to the actual application, which APGP staff recommend completing as soon as possible.
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.
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
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.
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 those 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.
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.
Application Period: Continuous
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 $45,000 and $150,000, depending on the vehicle's weight. Increased voucher amounts are available for transit buses and vehicles that provide service in disadvantaged communities. 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. A total of approximately $1.7 billion is available. The funding allocation is broken down into multiple categories:
- HVIP Standard: $265 million
- Zero-Emission Public Transit Buses: $70 million
- Zero-Emission Public School Buses: $135 million
- Zero-Emission Drayage Trucks: $157 million
- Innovative Small E-Fleets: $35 million
- Local Education Agency School Bus Replacement Grants: $1.125 billion, to be awarded in $225 million increments between FY 23/24 and FY 27/28.
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.
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).
View Caltrans' 2021 Guide to Transportation Funding in California (PDF) for an overview of transportation funding sources and apportionments.
View Caltrans' Division of Local Assistance June 2022 Transportation Funding Opportunities Guidebook (PDF) for information about state and federal funds available for local public agency projects.
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.
For more information or assistance with Prop K or other federal, state, or regional funding opportunities, contact Anna LaForte, Deputy Director for Policy & Programming
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.
- SFCTA Funding Opportunities (see "Calls for Projects: Transportation Authority & Other Funding Opportunities" above)
- MTC Funding page
- Transportation Funding in California — Caltrans' overview
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 Delivery Policies and Reports
- Caltrans Local Safety Program Delivery Status Reports (for Highway Safety Improvement Program)
- Caltrans Inactive Project Information page
- Caltrans E-76 Status page: search by project ID or agency name to find the status of E-76s that are pending or obligated within last month or E-76s that have been obligated for the current fiscal year
- Caltrans Local Programs Accounting Tracking page contains payment history for payments issued within the past 18 months except major construction contractors.
- MTC Project Delivery / Program Monitoring
- Resolution of Local Support requirement (MTC email (PDF); link to template (doc))
- Regional Project Delivery Policy Guidance (PDF)(MTC Resolution 3606)
- Transportation Improvement Program Funding Report page (also see under TIP below)
- Annual Obligation Status section lists downloadable links for the "FHWA Obligated Funds — Federal Fiscal Year to Date" list and the "FHWA Projects Submitted by District 4 to Caltrans HQ — Federal Fiscal Year to Date" list — up to FY 2017/18 (for the current fiscal year, visit Caltrans E-76 Status page).
- Project Monitoring and Delivery (MTC presentation, March 26, 2012)
- Federal Aid Single Point of Contact Workshop (MTC Presentation and Caltrans Presentation) (including presentations on funding programming, TIP, CMA overview, Caltrans overview (Local Assistance, environmental, and Right of Way), 06-06-2017
- Federal Aid Single Point of Contact Checklist
- SFCTA's Portal page for sponsors to submit quarterly reports for SFCTA-funded projects
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
- Division of Local Assistance Office Bulletins (DLA-OBs) disseminate the most recent policy and procedural changes, including LAPG and LAPM chapters and forms.
- Local Programs Procedures (LPPs) formalize LAPG and LAPM changes that have been initiated through DLA-OBs. DLA-OBs expire upon issuance of LPPs.
- Caltrans Oversight Information Notices (COIN) are single-topic bulletins intended to provide information and guidance to local agencies on a wide range of issues pertaining to the Federal-aid projects.
- Local Assistance Blog (or "LAB") on federal-aid program updates and resources
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
- 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)
- TIP Overview and How to Use FMS (powerpoint)
- 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."
Other Federal and State Agency Resources
- FHWA MAP-21 page, including Fact Sheets
- California Transportation Commission (CTC): meeting schedule and agenda, CTC-administered programs
- Caltrans Division of Transportation Programming
- California Safe Routes to School Active Transportation Resource Center, including a resource page for Caltrans SRTS Non-Infrastructure Projects
- Caltrans District 4 Training (District 4-specific training), which includes materials from past training
- Caltrans Highway Bridge Program (HBP) training videos
- Caltrans Local Assistance Training for Local Agencies (general training info)
- California Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP; Caltrans in partnership with Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education)
- Caltrans Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) training resource
- SF Public Work's Overview of the Federal Aid Process for Transportation Projects (powerpoint)
- FHWA's Every Day Counts Exchange webinars on project development and delivery practices and tools for local agencies
- UC Berkeley TechTransfer (click on "Click here to register for a class!")
- Twelve Procedural Errors (doc) from TechTransfer training