Proposition AA is a voter-approved $10 annual vehicle registration fee that funds local street repair and reconstruction, pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements, and transit reliability and mobility improvements throughout San Francisco. The Transportation Authority administers the Prop AA program, which is a key part of an overall funding strategy to improve transportation for San Francisco residents.
Prop AA generates nearly $5 million per year and is used to support high-impact transportation projects that provide tangible benefits in the short term.
Categories of Transportation Improvements
In November 2010, San Francisco voters approved Proposition AA, an additional $10 annual vehicle registration fee to fund local street repairs and reconstruction, pedestrian safety improvements, and transit reliability and mobility improvements throughout the city. Prop AA generates nearly $5 million per year and is used to fund small but high-impact projects that will provide tangible benefits in the short-term.
Prop AA designated the Transportation Authority as the fund administrator and approved a 30-year Expenditure Plan (PDF) specifying the use of the revenues. Revenue collection began in May 2011. The Prop AA Expenditure Plan is the document that guides the implementation of Prop AA and sets investment priorities. The Expenditure Plan directs the Transportation Authority to develop five-year Strategic Plans to establish policies for the allocation and expenditure of funds, set prioritization criteria, define expectations for project delivery, and program funds for the three programmatic categories within Prop AA over the five-year period.
The Prop AA Strategic Plan identifies the projects that Prop AA revenues will fund. The Strategic Plan is amended when changes to the program of projects are needed for reasons such as modifying project cash flows, programming funds to a different project phase, cancelling projects, and adding new projects. Projects that are not advancing may lose Prop AA funding, and those funds become available through a competitive call to fund new projects.
The first Prop AA Strategic Plan (PDF), adopted in 2012, programmed $26.4 million to eighteen projects.
The 2017 Prop AA Strategic Plan (PDF) identified eleven projects to be funded with Prop AA funds.
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Proposition AA Project Summary
Number of Projects
Prop AA Funds Programmed or Allocated
Total Project Cost
*Project status as of March 2020.
Prop AA Projects
Browse projects supported by the Prop AA Vehicle Registration Fee.
Prop AA generates nearly $5 million per year and is intended to fund small, high-impact projects that provide tangible benefits to the public in the short term and fall into one of the following three programmatic categories: Street Repair and Reconstruction; Pedestrian Safety; and Transit Reliability and Mobility Improvements. The Prop AA Expenditure Plan establishes that revenues can only be used to fund design (not planning or environmental studies) and construction (including procurement).
The Transportation Authority prepares a 5-year Strategic Plan to determine which projects receive funds. Only public agencies are eligible to apply for Prop AA funds. Public agencies may include, but are not limited to, federal, state, and local agencies and transit operators. The project sponsor is the agency that administers the project.
The Prop AA Expenditure Plan was developed with the following guiding principles:
- Provide a documentable benefit or relationship to those paying the fee
- Limit the Expenditure Plan to a few programmatic categories, given the relatively small revenue stream
- Focus on small, but high-impact projects that will provide tangible benefits in the short term
- Provide a fair geographic distribution that takes into account the various needs of San Francisco's neighborhoods
- Ensure accountability and transparency in programming and delivery
2017 Strategic Plan Project Programming and Cash Flow (PDF) (Approved June 23, 2020)
2017 Strategic Plan Policies (PDF) (Adopted October 25, 2016)
Reports, Tools, and Guides
Standard Grant Agreement Sample (PDF) (Updated January 23, 2018)
Portal Guide for Sponsors (PDF) for quarterly progress reports, amendment requests, and closeout/de-obligation requests.
2017 Strategic Plan
2017 Strategic Plan (PDF) (Adopted June 16, 2017) (Amended June 23, 2020)
2017 Strategic Plan Policies (PDF) (Adopted October 25, 2016)
Strategic Plan Screening and Prioritization Criteria (PDF) (Adopted March 19, 2019)
Amended 2017 Strategic Plan Project Programming and Cash Flow
2017 Strategic Plan Project Programming (PDF) (Approved September 22, 2020)
Expenditure Plan (PDF) (Adopted July 15, 2010)
Resolution 11-10 (PDF), which placed the measure on the ballot
Senate Bill No. 83 (PDF), the legislation that enabled Prop AA
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2020 Call for Projects
Call for Projects is closed: Applications were due at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020
The Transportation Authority is pleased to announce a call for projects for an estimated $4.24 million, in Proposition AA (Prop AA) vehicle registration fee revenues. Prop AA revenues come from a $10 fee on motor vehicles registered in San Francisco. Revenues are used to fund transportation improvements in three programmatic categories: Street Repair and Reconstruction, Pedestrian Safety, and Transit Reliability & Mobility Improvements.
For this call for projects, the estimated amount of funds available in each category is detailed in the table below. The funds are available for projects ready to commence the design and/or construction phase in Fiscal Years 2020/21-2021/22.
|Prop AA Funds Available by Category (Fiscal Years 2020/21 – 2021/22)|
|Street Repair and Reconstruction||$ 318,089|
|Pedestrian Safety||$ 262,636|
|Transit Reliability and Mobility Improvements||$ 3,664,159|
|Total Funds Available||$ 4,244,884|
Who is Eligible for Funds?
Only public agencies are eligible to apply for Prop AA funds. Public agencies may include, but are not limited to, federal, state, and local agencies and transit operators. The project sponsor is the agency that will administer the project.
Types of Projects that Are Eligible
Prop AA is intended to fund small, high-impact projects that provide tangible benefits to the public in the short term and fall into one of the following three programmatic categories: Street Repair and Reconstruction; Pedestrian Safety; and Transit Reliability and Mobility Improvements. The Prop AA Expenditure Plan establishes that revenues can only be used to fund design (not planning or environmental studies) and construction (including procurement).
This call will program approximately $4,244,884 in Prop AA funds, available in Fiscal Years 2020/21 to 2021/22.
There is no minimum grant amount nor is there a maximum grant amount beyond that which fits within the funds available. Though no local match is required, the adopted Prop AA Strategic Plan policies (PDF) specify that priority shall be given to projects that can demonstrate leveraging of Prop AA funds.
Projects are required to meet all screening criteria in order to be considered for Prop AA funding. The screening criteria (PDF) are focused on meeting the eligibility requirements for Prop AA funds and include the following factors:
- Project sponsor is an eligible public agency per the Prop AA Expenditure Plan guidelines.
- Project is eligible for funding from one or more of Prop AA’s three programmatic categories.
- Project is seeking Prop AA funds for design or construction (including procurement) phases only.
- Project is consistent with the regional transportation plan.
- Project is consistent with agency adopted plans, existing and planned land uses, adopted standards for urban design and the provision of pedestrian amenities, and planned growth in transit friendly housing, employment, and services
Projects that meet all of the Prop AA screening criteria will then be prioritized for Prop AA funding based on, but not limited to, the general and programmatic category prioritization criteria (PDF). In general, the more criteria that a project satisfies and the better it meets them, the higher the project will be ranked.
- June 26, 2020: Transportation Authority Releases Prop AA Call for Projects
- July 9, 2020: Pre-Application Virtual Workshop, 11:00 a.m. (Zoom meeting link)
- July 31, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.: Prop AA Applications Due to the Transportation Authority
- September 2, 2020: Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting – ACTION
- September 15, 2020: Transportation Authority Board Meeting – PRELIMINARY ACTION
- September 22, 2020: Transportation Authority Board Meeting – FINAL ACTION
Meeting dates and times are subject to change. Please check the Transportation Authority’s website for the most up-to-date schedule.
Application Guidance and Materials
Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2020. Submit applications to PROPAA@sfcta.org.
Prop AA Call for Projects Guidance (memo with attachments) (PDF)