Overview
A muni bus operating at night

Photo: freeside, flickr

Introduction

The Lifeline Transportation Program funds projects that:

  • Focus on Communities of Concern
  • Improve mobility and accessibility in low-income communities
  • 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

San Francisco’s Lifeline Transportation Program is supported by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission with State Transit Assistance funds. The Transportation Authority administers Lifeline Transportation Program funds.

Resources

San Francisco’s Communities of Concern map

Contact

Aprile Smith, Senior Transportation Planner: lifeline@sfcta.org, 415-522-4837

Background

In December 2018, the Transportation Authority Board approved San Francisco’s State Transit Assistance County Block Grant framework (PDF) for Fiscal Years 2018/19 and 2019/20, creating the San Francisco Lifeline Transportation Program. The approved framework distributes 40 percent of funds to the SFMTA’s paratransit program. The remaining 60 percent of funds go to a new San Francisco Lifeline Transportation Program modeled after the former regional Lifeline Transportation Program established by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, with which the Transportation Authority administered five funding cycles. The new San Francisco Lifeline Transportation Program will support projects that improve mobility for low-income residents by addressing transportation gaps or barriers identified through equity assessments and collaborative and inclusive community-based planning processes. 

Program delivery

MyStreetSF Project Map

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A screenshot of the MyStreetSF tool

View all projects funded by the Lifeline Transportation Program on the MyStreetSF project map.

 

Sponsors

Call for Projects is now Closed

Applications were due February 15, 2019

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is pleased to announce a call for projects for an estimated $4.599 million in San Francisco Lifeline Transportation Program (SF LTP) Cycle 1 funds for Fiscal Years 2018/19 and 2019/20. SF LTP Cycle 1 requires a minimum local match of 10% of the total project cost.There is no minimum grant amount and no maximum grant amount beyond the fund availability. Applications are due by February 15, 2019, with anticipated Board approval in April 2019. 

The Transportation Authority Board established the SF LTP to fund projects that:

  • Improve a range of transportation choices for low-income populations; and
  • 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 Sponsors

Only public transit operators are eligible to apply for SF LTP funds. 

Eligible Projects

The SF LTP is intended to fund operating and capital projects that address transportation needs of low-income populations, many of whom are transit-dependent.  Eligible projects include: 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.

Projects must be eligible per STA guidelines as established by the State. See the State Transit Assistance Public Utilities Code in the Resources section for more information on eligibility. 

Prioritization Criteria

For SF LTP Cycle 1, the highest priority will be given to Communities of Concern supportive transit services that directly increase mobility for low income persons since STA is one of the few sources that the Transportation Authority can use to fund transit service.  In addition, transit service projects provide an opportunity for a broad geographic distribution of benefits to Communities of Concern. 

Eligible projects will be prioritized based on the following criteria:

  • Transit Services Directly Benefitting Communities of Concern
  • Community-Identified Priority
  • Project Need
  • Implementation Plan and Project Management Capacity
  • Project Budget and Sustainability
  • Cost-Effectiveness 
  • Project Sponsor’s Priority of Application
  • Higher Local Match
  • Geographic Diversity

Application Process

In order to be eligible to compete for this call, sponsors must submit via email an electronic copy of a complete set of application materials by 5 pm on February 15, 2019, with the subject line of “SF LTP Cycle 1 Application – [insert sponsor and project name]” to lifeline@sfcta.org.

A complete SF LTP Cycle 1 application consists of:

  • Application
    • Word file: Project Summary and Narrative
    • Excel file:
      • Operating Projects - Schedule, Cost, and Funding Plan (Worksheet 1)
      • Capital Projects - Schedule, Cost, and Funding Plan (Worksheet 2) and Major Line Item Budget (Worksheet 3)
  • Map of project area/route map with transit stops indicated
  • All applicable attachments, such as letters of support, charts, drawings, and route schedule/timetable

Schedule

January 14, 2019: Transportation Authority issued a call for projects
February 15, 2019, 5 pm: Applications due to the Transportation Authority
March 27, 2019: Transportation Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee considers LTP project priorities
April 9, 2019: Transportation Authority Board considers LTP project priorities for preliminary action
April 23, 2019: Transportation Authority Board considers LTP project priorities for final action
May/June 2018: MTC Commission approval of program of projects

A more detailed schedule is listed in the call for projects memo.

Call for Projects Materials

Final guidelines and application materials are available below.

Contact

Aprile Smith, Senior Transportation Planner: lifeline@sfcta.org or at 415-522-4837