The Metropolitan Transportation Commission created the One Bay Area Grant program to help support commitments to regional transportation priorities while also advancing the Bay Area's land-use and housing goals. The program enables counties to invest federal funds particularly in areas that local governments have identified and approved for future growth. Projects include local street and road maintenance, streetscape enhancements, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, transportation planning, Safe Routes to School projects, and more.
As Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority administers the One Bay Area Grant County Program.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission created the One Bay Area Grant Program as a new funding approach that better integrates the region's federal transportation program with California's climate law (SB 375, Steinberg, 2008) (PDF) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy (PDF). This is accomplished by the following principles:
Using transportation dollars to reward jurisdictions that accepted the Regional Housing Need Allocation process to produce housing: This was accomplished by using a fund distribution formula that considered population, past housing production, future housing commitments from Regional Housing Needs Allocation, and added weight to acknowledge very low and low income housing.
Supporting the Sustainable Communities Strategy by promoting transportation investments in Priority Development Areas: This was accomplished by requiring that at least 70 percent of all One Bay Area Grant Program funds be spent within designated Priority Development Areas. Since the Priority Development Program was adopted by Association of Bay Area Governments in November 2007, over 100 Priority Development Areas have been approved within the Bay Area, with 12 of them (PDF) being within San Francisco.
Providing a higher proportion of funding to local agencies and additional investment flexibility: The One Bay Area Grant County Program allowed each county the flexibility to invest in one or more of the following transportation categories to best meet the county's needs: Transportation for Livable Communities, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, local streets and roads preservation, Safe Routes to School, and Congestion Management Agency planning activities.
As the Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority administers the One Bay Area Grant County Program for San Francisco.
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The Transportation Authority has conducted two One Bay Area Grant funding cycles. The first cycle, covering Fiscal Years 2012/13 - 2016/17, programmed over $35 million and the second cycle, covering Fiscal Years 2017/18 - 2021/22, programmed over $42.2 million to projects throughout San Francisco, including the Safe Routes to School Non-infrastructure (e.g. education and outreach) program.
Total Project Cost
|SF Public Works||Broadway Chinatown Streetscape Improvement||$3,477,537 ¹,³||$7,102,487|
|SF Public Works||ER Taylor Elementary School Safe Routes to School||$400,115 ³,⁴||$604,573|
|SF Public Works||Longfellow Elementary School Safe Routes to School||$670,307||$852,855|
|SFMTA||Mansell Corridor Improvement||$1,762,239||$6,807,348|
|SFMTA||Masonic Avenue Complete Streets||$0 ²||$22,785,900|
|Transbay Joint Powers Authority||Transbay Transit Center Bike and Pedestrian Improvements||$6,000,000||$11,480,440|
|SFMTA||Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) Procurement||$10,227,540 ²||$175,000,000|
|SF Public Works||Second Street Streetscape Improvement||$10,567,997 ⁴||$15,415,115|
|SFMTA||Lombard Street US-101 Corridor||$1,910,000 ¹||$24,263,920|
|Cycle 1 Total||$35,015,735||$264,312,638|
|SF Public Works||Better Market Street||$0 ⁵||$603,720,000|
|Caltrain||Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project||$11,187,736||$1,980,253,000|
|SFMTA||Geary Bus Rapid Transit Phase 1||$6,939,000||$64,656,000|
|SF Public Works||John Yehall Chin Elementary Safe Routes to School||$3,366,000||$4,200,000|
|SFMTA||San Francisco Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Project, 2019-2021||$2,813,264||$3,177,752|
|BART||Embarcadero Station: New Northside Platform Elevator and Faregates||$2,000,000||$15,000,000|
|Cycle 2 Total||$42,286,000||$4,249,306,752|
1 $1.91 million in OBAG funds were swapped with SFMTA local revenue bond funds because the OBAG funds were unavailable when needed. In October 2015, the Transportation Authority Board reprogrammed the OBAG funds to SF Public Works' Lombard Street US-101 Corridor Improvement via 2016 Regional Transportation Improvement Program, as requested by SFMTA and SFPW Resolution 16-19.
2 In order to minimize risk of losing federal funds due to project delays, in February 2015, the Transportation Authority Board reprogrammed $10,227,540 in OBAG funds from SFMTA's Masonic Avenue project to the LRV Procurement project, with the condition that SFMTA continue to follow OBAG reporting requirements for the Masonic Avenue project. See the Plans and Programs Committee memo (February 3, 2015) and Resolution 15-42 for more detail.
3 On December 15, 2015, the Transportation Authority Board approved SF Public Works' request to reprogram $67,265 cost savings from the recently completed ER Taylor SR2S to Chinatown Broadway, which has received a higher-than-anticipated bid to its original construction contract advertisement.
4 On June 28, 2016, the Transportation Authority Board approved SF Public Works' request to reprogram additional $51,215 from the completed ER Taylor SR2S to Second Street to cover the cost of the pedestrian lighting, which has been added per the community's request.
⁵ On November 27, 2018, the Transportation Authority Board approved a Prop K fund exchange with Better Market Street to help backfill the Central Subway RIP commitment. See Resolution 19-22 for more detail.
The Transportation Authority has conducted two One Bay Area Grant funding cycles. The first cycle, covering Fiscal Years 2012/13 - 2016/17, programmed over $35 million and the second cycle, covering Fiscal Years 2017/18 - 2021/22, programmed over $42.2 million to projects in San Francisco.
Detailed guidelines, application, Board Memos and presentations, and reference documents from the call for projects are below:
OBAG Cycle 1 (PDF)
OBAG Cycle 2 (PDF)
In June 2013, the Transportation Authority programmed $35 million in Cycle 1 OBAG funds to seven projects:
Resolution 13-63 (PDF)
The Transportation Authority programmed $42.2 million in Cycle 2 OBAG funds to six projects in three actions:
Resolution 18-5 in July 2017 (PDF)
Resolution 18-13 in September 2017 (PDF)
Resolution 18-29 in January 2018 (PDF)
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