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Project Delivery

After a project has secured all of its necessary funding, the final step in constructing or implementing a transportation project is project delivery.

Federally-funded transportation projects carry with them a set of specific regulations and required procedures, as discussed on this page.

Project Delivery

Federally-funded projects must comply with MTC’s Regional Project Delivery Policy (MTC Resolution No. 3606). These policies include deadlines for certain delivery milestones to ensure that the region is able to deliver federally-funded projects in a timely manner. By meeting state-mandated delivery deadlines and targeted amounts, the Bay Area is eligible to receive even more transportation dollars from other regions throughout the state that are unable to deliver their projects.

Key elements of MTC’s Regional Project Delivery Policy include:

  • Obligation requests must be submitted to Caltrans by November 1 of the year the funds are programmed in the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
  • Funds must be obligated by January 31 of the year the funds are programmed in the TIP.
  • Once obligated, the project sponsor must submit invoice reimbursements at least once every six months.
  • For funds contracted out, a contract must be awarded within 6 months of obligation.
  • Projects that fail to meet these deadlines are subject to deprogramming by MTC. Project sponsors that do not comply with the delivery policy will be subject to limitations on programming in future years.
  • After January 31, projects programmed in future years of the TIP may be approved for funding on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending upon the availability of funds.

News and Announcements

In FY 2016-17, the Bay Area expects to deliver 163 federally-funded projects totaling roughly $241 million in federal funds. Projects included in the annual obligation plan have priority for funding in the coming year.

  • FY 2016-17 Annual Obligation Plan (3/31/17)
  • FHWA Obligated Funds to Date, FADS07 (See the "Related Documents" box)
  • FHWA Projects Submitted to Caltrans to Date, FADS12 (See the "Related Documents" box)
  • Archive of Previous Obligation Plans (See the "Related Documents" box)

Bay Area jurisdictions and agencies receiving funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are required to designate and maintain a Single Point of Contact (SPOC).

Each year, MTC is required to report the list of projects within the Bay Area that have obligated* federal funds.

*The term obligation indicates that the sponsor of the project has received authorization from the Department of Transportation to spend federal funds.