Cycle 4 Lifeline Transportation Program | Call for Projects

Transit riders board 43 Masonic bus at Balboa Park Station


By the December deadline, we received four applications from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) totaling $6.6 million.  Consistent with MTC’s guidelines and the prioritization criteria, the evaluation panel reached consensus on the project rankings, and upon consultation with SFMTA, we recommended fully funding Potrero Hill Pedestrian Safety and Transit Stop Improvements ($375,854) and Expanding Late Night Transit Services (up to $4.76 million).  We also recommended concurring with transit operators' proposed Prop 1B priorities, incluing SFMTA’s Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit ($6.19 million) and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District’s (BART’s) Wayfinding Signage and Pit Stop Initiative ($4.6 million).  This recommendation was supported/approved by the Transportation Authority's Citizens Advisory Committee on January 28, Plans and Programs Committee on February 10 (link to memo), and Board on February 24 (link to resolution); and by the MTC Commission on April 22, 2015 (link to resolution).

FOR SPONSORS: See a summary and timeline for next steps.

Below is the call for projects information for reference purposes.



The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) established the Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) to fund projects improving mobility for low-income residents, specifically to address issues identified through focused outreach on the target population.  For Cycle 4, as the Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority will program up to $3.8 million in State Transit Assistance (STA) funds and $1 million in Federal Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) funds, for a total of up to $4.9 million, which are subject of this call.  Transit operators will select their own LTP priorities for state Prop 1B funds (including $6.1 million for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and $4.6 million for BART) and seek the Transportation Authority's concurrence for projects serving San Francisco.

This page shows only summary information of the call.  Please refer to the Call for Projects memo and MTC's Guidelines for details (go to Call for Projects Materials section).


See below for eligible direct recipients by funding source.

  • STA: Transit operators or city/county agencies eligible to claim Transit Development Act Article 4, 4.5, or 8 funds
  • Section 5307 (JARC): Transit operators that are Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grantees

Public agencies that are not eligible to receive funds directly and non-profit organizations can receive funds only if partnered with eligible recipients.  Cycle 4 LTP imposes additional requirements for sub-recipients, so we strongly encourage sponsors to consider applying only if they have a strong partnership with an eligible recipient that has agreed to pass through the funds, or to contact us immediately if they cannot identify eligible recipient partners.


Projects must meet the goals and objectives of the LTP, specifically by addressing transportation needs of low-income populations as identified through substantive planning efforts involving focused outreach.  It is intended to fund innovative and flexible operating and capital projects, and examples of 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. See Attachment 2 for a list of previously LTP-funded projects in San Francisco.

Projects must be consistent with funding-specific requirements, as summarized in Appendix 1 of MTC’s Guidelines (Attachment 1).


Consistent with MTC's guidelines, the Transportation Authority will evaluate eligible projects based on the following criteria:

  • Community-identified priority
  • Implementation plan and project management capacity
  • Project budget and sustainability
  • Cost-effectiveness and performance indicators
  • Coordination and outreach
  • Program/geographic diversity


We will hold a workshop for interested sponsors at a special Technical Working Group (TWG) meeting on November 6, 2014, 9:30-11 am.  Upon receipt of applications, we will first screen candidate sponsors and projects for eligibility and forward eligible applications to San Francisco’s LTP Evaluation Panel.  Based on the LTP Evaluation Panel's findings, we will develop a final funding recommendation and present it to the Transportation Authority’s committees and Board in January and February 2015.


October 29, 2014: Transportation Authority issues a call for projects
December 18, 2014, 5 pm: Applications due to the Transportation Authority
January 28, 2015: Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee considers LTP project priorities
February 17, 2015: Transportation Authority Plans and Programs Committee considers LTP project priorities
February 24, 2015: Transportation Authority Board considers LTP project priorities

A more detailed schedule is listed on p.7 of the call for projects memo.


Final guidelines and application materials are available below.



Contact Aprile Smith, Senior Transportation Planner, via email or at 415.522.4837.