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Active Transportation Program

Some 40 percent of the Bay Area’s greenhouse gas emissions come from cars and trucks.

MTC works hard to increase walking and biking options across our region — so that more people can make more trips without using a car.

Since 2013 we’ve been getting help from California’s Active Transportation Program, or ATP.

ATP taps both state and federal funds to provide a total of about $120 million each year for bike and pedestrian projects across California.

The program allows cities, counties, transit agencies and other public agencies to compete for grants to build bicycle/pedestrian paths, install bike racks, and other projects or programs that make walking or biking easier, safer and more convenient.

Project Sponsors Can Compete for ATP Funding

MTC administers our region’s share of ATP money -- and we work with local project sponsors to help them compete for funding through the statewide program. MTC has programmed funds from Cycle 1 and Cycle 2.

MTC just completed programming funds from Cycle 2. ATP Cycle 3 will cover FY 2019-20 and FY 2020-21. The Call for Projects began April 15, 2016; applications for both the statewide and regional ATP were due on June 15, 2016. $132 million is available for programming through the Statewide ATP Cycle 3, and $22 million is available in MTC’s Regional ATP Cycle 3.

In order to be eligible for both Statewide and Regional ATP, applicants must have submitted the statewide application to Caltrans and both the statewide and regional supplemental applications to MTC by the June 15 deadline.

Statewide ATP Cycle 3 Approved Program

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP materials and the approved project listing.

MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Approved Program

MTC adopted the regional ATP program of projects on January 25, 2017. The full program as transmitted to the California Transportation Commission is available here. The regional recommendations were released on December 22, 2016, and considered by the MTC Programming and Allocations Committee on January 11, 2017.

MTC staff will work with project sponsors and Caltrans to make a final determination on project eligibility. In the event a project or project elements are deemed ineligible, the next highest scoring project from the contingency list will be selected.

The California Transportation Commission will consider approving MTC’s project list on March 15-16, 2017.


MTC Regional ATP Cycle 3 Materials

A list of project applications received for MTC’s Regional ATP Cycle 3 (as of June 27, 2016) is available to view online. 

See the last page of the Regional ATP Cycle 3 Guidelines for full application instructions. Required materials include the electronic statewide ATP application (see above), printed; regional supplemental application, and other required back-up information. Applicants must include three hard copies and one electronic copy, and mail by June 15 (postmarked) to: MTC ATP Cycle 3 Applications, Attn: Kenneth Kao, 375 Beale St., Ste. 800, San Francisco, CA 94105.

More Information

MTC held applicant workshops in early May; refer to the workshop materials for further details. See the “Related Documents” section for program documents and guidelines, and refer to the Caltrans ATP web page and the CTC ATP web page for additional information. Questions? Contact Kenneth Kao at or (415) 778-6768; or Karl Anderson at or (415) 778-6645.

MTC and its Active Transportation Working Group collaborate with county congestion management agencies, Bay Area transit agencies, the California Department of Transportation, the California Transportation Commission and interested members of the public to develop the regional ATP.

MTC requires project sponsors seeking regional ATP grants to put up matching funds totaling at least 11.47 percent of the grant amount.

The match requirement may be waived for projects that benefit low-income communities, communities of color, Safe Routes to School projects, or stand-alone non-infrastructure projects. The statewide ATP grant program does not require a local match.

State law requires at least 25 percent of ATP funds benefit disadvantaged communities.

MTC defines these Communities of Concern as those large concentrations of:

  • Minority residents
  • Household incomes under 200 percent of the federal poverty level
  • Limited English-proficient households
  • Zero-vehicle households
  • Seniors age 75 or older
  • Residents with a disability
  • Single-parent families
  • Rent-burdened households

MTC updated the metrics to define Communities of Concern in January 2016. View an interactive map of where the COCs are located.