Call for Projects: Transportation Authority

Call for Projects: Transportation Authority 

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: Applications are due April 19, 2024

Applications for the Fiscal Year 2024/25 Call for Projects are due to the Transportation Authority by April 19, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Please visit the TFCA Open Call Page for latest updates.

Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities

Call for Projects: Other Funding Opportunities

Charging Infrastructure for Government Fleets

Application deadline: April 5, 2024

The California Energy Commission (CEC) announced the availability of $30 million in competitive grant funds for the Charging Infrastructure for Government Fleets program. This program will support electrification of government fleets by providing reliable, readily accessible, dedicated light-duty electric vehicle charging infrastructure; support local governments’ sustainability goals; and reduce vehicle emissions in disadvantaged and/or low-income communities. Eligible projects will deploy a minimum of 100 electric vehicle charging ports to support a light-duty government fleet(s) under a single government entity. Charging ports can be installed at multiple locations and are not required to be made available to the public. All public and private entities are eligible to apply. The CEC encourages (but does not require) owners of the government fleet to be served to act as the primary applicant. The CEC notes that Electric Vehicle Service Providers may serve as the primary applicant. Primary applicants must forgo profit. The maximum award is $6 million, and there is a 30% fund matching requirement.

Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicle Equipment Replacement Projects

Application deadline: April 11, 2024

The Air District has $90 million in incentive funding available to upgrade or replace eligible medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and equipment with cleaner and zero-emissions technology. Applications are being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible projects will upgrade school and transit buses, off-road equipment, agricultural equipment, marine vessels, or locomotives in the Air District’s most impacted communities (West Oakland, East Oakland, Richmond-San Pablo, Bayview-Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco, Disadvantaged Communities, and Low-Income Communities), except for agricultural projects, which may operate anywhere within the Air District’s jurisdiction. Zero-emission projects are highly encouraged. See the Air District’s website for more information on eligibility and funding sources for each project category.

Congestion Relief Program

Application deadline: April 22, 2024

Congestion Relief Program: The Federal Highway Administration announced the availability of up to $150 million in FY 2022, FY 2023, and FY 2024 competitive grant funds for the Congestion Relief Program. This program aims to advance innovative, integrated, and multimodal solutions to congestion relief in the most congested metropolitan areas of the United States with an urbanized area population greater than 1,000,000. Eligible activities include planning, design, implementation, and construction for:

  • Deployment and operation of an integrated congestion management system;
  • Deployment and operation of a system that implements or enforces high occupancy vehicle toll lanes, cordon pricing, parking pricing, or congestion pricing;
  • Deployment and operation of mobility services, including establishing account-based financial systems, commuter buses, commuter vans, express operations, paratransit, and on-demand micro-transit; and
  • Incentive programs that encourage travelers to carpool, use non-highway travel modes during peak period, or travel during non-peak periods.

Other types of projects that achieve one or more of the program goals may be considered, including activities that support transit-oriented development such as improving intermodal integration with highways and other congestion-reducing land use strategies. Eligible applicants are states, MPOs, cities, or municipalities with a population of more than 1,000,000. The minimum grant award is $10 million and the maximum grant award is $150 million. The required local match is 20%.

Low or No Emission (Low-No) Program

Application deadline: April 25, 2024

The Federal Transit Administration has announced the availability of $1.1 billion in competitive grants under the Low or No Emission Grant Program (Low-No Program) and $390 million under the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program (Buses and Bus Facilities Program). FTA is joining these two grant opportunities in one NOFO, with a total of $1.5 billion available, and applicants are welcome to apply to either program or both.

The purpose of the Low-No Program is to support the transition of the nation’s transit fleet to the lowest polluting and most energy efficient transit vehicles. Eligible activities 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. Additionally, recipients are permitted to use up to 0.5 percent of their requested grant award for eligible workforce development activities, and an additional 0.5 percent for costs associated with training at the National Transit Institute. For applicants proposing projects related to zero-emission vehicles for either program, 5 percent of the requested federal award must be used for workforce development activities. Eligible applicants include direct or designated recipients of FTA grants, States, local governmental authorities, and Indian Tribes. Required local match rates are 15% for leasing or purchasing a transit bus and 10% for leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities.

Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Program FY 2025-2026

Application deadline: May 6, 2024

The MPDG opportunity contains three grant programs: the National Infrastructure Project Assistance grants program (Mega), the Nationally Significant Multimodal Freight and Highway Projects grants program (INFRA), and the Rural Surface Transportation Grant program (Rural). The funding opportunities are awarded on a competitive basis for surface transportation infrastructure projects – including highway and bridge, intercity passenger rail, railway-highway grade crossing or separation, wildlife crossing, public transportation, marine highway, and freight projects, or groups of such projects – with significant national or regional impact, or to improve and expand the surface transportation infrastructure in rural areas. It is anticipated that this opportunity will award approximately $5.1 billion for this round from FY2025 and FY2026 funding: INFRA for $2.7 billion, Mega for $1.7 billion, and Rural for $780 million.

Adaptation Planning Grant Program (APGP) Round 2

Pre-Application Interest Form (required) due: May 6, 2024
Application deadline: May 20, 2024

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has announced the availability of $9.5 million in FY 2023/24 funding from Round 2 of the Adaptation Planning Grant Program (APGP). This competitive grant program provides funding to help fill local, regional, and tribal planning needs, provides communities the resources to identify climate resilience priorities, and supports the development of a pipeline of climate resilient infrastructure projects across the state. Eligible projects must fall into one or more of the following phases: explore, define, and initiate an adaptation planning activity; assess vulnerability of a community to climate hazards; define adaptation framework and strategies for adapting to climate change; and prepare an implementation program that puts adaptation strategies into action. Eligible applicants include local public entities, community-based organizations, and academic institutions. 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 $100,000 and maximum award size is $650,000 for planning projects spanning 30 months. No local match is required.

Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A)

Application deadlines for Planning and Demonstration Grants: April 4, May 16, and August 29, 2024
Application deadline for Implementation Grants: May 16, 2024

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the availability of over $1.2 billion in competitive grant funds for the FY 2024 Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program. The program supports planning, infrastructure, behavioral, and operational initiatives to prevent death and serious injury on streets involving all roadway users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation, micromobility users, motorists, and commercial vehicle operators. Eligible activities fall under two grant categories:

  • Planning and Demonstration Grants ($657 million available, awards from $100,000 to $10 million)
    • Develop a comprehensive safety Action Plan
    • Conduct supplemental safety planning to enhance an Action Plan
    • Carry out demonstration activities to inform the development of, or an update to, an Action Plan
  • Implementation Grants ($580 million available, awards from $2,500,000 to $25 million)
    • Conduct planning, supplemental planning, design, demonstration, and development activities for projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan
    • Carry out projects and strategies identified in an Action Plan
    • Applicants must have an existing Action Plan to apply for Implementation Grants or have an existing plan that is substantially similar

Eligible applicants include metropolitan planning organizations, political subdivisions of a State or territory, federally recognized Tribal governments, and multijurisdictional groups of entities composed of the above entities. An eligible applicant for an Implementation Grant must have ownership and/or maintenance responsibilities over a roadway network, have safety responsibilities that affect roadways, or have agreement from the agency that has ownership and/or maintenance responsibilities for the roadway within the applicant’s jurisdiction. The required local match is 20%.

Clean Ports Program

Application deadline: May 28, 2024

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced two Notices of Funding Opportunity from the Clean Ports Program, making available $2.79 billion for the Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition and $150 million for the Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition. Ports are places with high concentrations of mobile source equipment, including dray trucks, locomotives, cargo-handling equipment, and marine vessels. The Zero-Emission Technology Deployment Competition will fund ZE port equipment and infrastructure to reduce mobile source emissions (criteria pollutants, air toxics, and/or greenhouse gases) at US ports; the EPA anticipates awarding 32 to 90 grants or cooperative agreements under this NOFO. The Climate and Air Quality Planning Competition is designed to fund climate and air quality planning activities focused on one or more ports that fall under the categories of (1) emissions inventory and accounting exercises, (2) strategy analysis and goalsetting, (3) stakeholder collaboration and communication, and (4) resilience planning; the EPA anticipates awarding 50 to 70 grants or cooperative agreements under this NOFO.

Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants Program

Application deadline: November 21, 2024

The Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grant program (Community Change Grants), created by the Inflation Reduction Act, offers an unprecedented $2 billion in grants under this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Community Change Grants will fund community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation. This historic level of support will enable communities and their partners to overcome longstanding environmental challenges and implement meaningful solutions to meet community needs now and for generations to come. There will be two tracks of funding under this opportunity. Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million - $20 million. Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million - $3 million. Grants cannot exceed 3 years in duration.

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 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.

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: 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.

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' 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.

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 training.

  • 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)
  • 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 Invoicing
    • 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 Audits and Corrective Actions
    • 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. 

2023 TIP update 

Non-exempt project [update to reflect Plan Bay Area 2050]
Primer & latest schedule
General
  • MTC TIP page, including MTC Guide to TIP and TIP revision schedule and status (2023 TIP)
  • MTC Fund Management System (FMS, online database for TIP)
  • 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

Nick Smith, Senior Transportation Planner