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Active Transportation Program

Active Transportation Program (ATP)


  1. The CTC-approved list of MTC’s Regional ATP Projects (PDF) is now available.
  2. MTC adopted the Regional Competitive ATP (PDF) on September 24, 2014.
  3. CTC approved MTC’s Regional Competitive ATP on November 12, 2014.
  4. The Regional Competitive ATP call for projects closed on July 24, 2014.The Log of Regional Applications Received (PDF), as of August 15, 2014, is now available. For further schedule detail, see below.
  5. The California Transportation Commission adopted the Statewide ATP projects (PDF) on August 20, 2014.


In September 2013, the Governor signed Senate Bill 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes 2013) and Assembly Bill 101 (Chapter 254, Statutes 2013) into law, creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP). The State envisions the ATP to consolidate a number of other funding sources intended to promote active transportation, such as the Bicycle Transportation Account and Transportation Alternatives Program, into one program.

State and federal law segregate ATP funds into three main components, with funding distributed as follows:

  • 50% to the state for a statewide competitive program
  • 10% to the small urban and rural area competitive program to be managed by the state
  • 40% to the large urbanized area competitive program, with funding distributed by population and managed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) – also known as the Regional Competitive ATP

The California Transportation Commission (CTC) developed guidelines for the ATP, approved on March 20, 2014. The CTC Guidelines lay out the programming policies, procedures, and project selection criteria for not only the statewide competitive program, but also for the small urban/rural and large MPO regional competitive programs. Large MPOs, such as MTC, have the option of developing their own policies, procedures, and project selection criteria that differ from those adopted by CTC, provided they are approved by CTC.

Additional information for the Statewide and Regional Active Transportation Programs is below.

Regional Competitive ATP


The Regional Competitive ATP will have $30 million available for the MTC region in FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16.


Wednesday, May 21, 2014
  • MTC releases Regional Competitive ATP Call for Projects
Thursday, July 24, 2014
  • Regional ATP Applications Due to MTC by 4 PM
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
  • MTC Programming and Allocations Committee scheduled consideration of recommended Regional ATP projects
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • MTC Commission scheduled consideration of final Regional ATP list of projects
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Deadline for successful ATP sponsors to submit amendment for the 2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) via the Fund Management System (FMS)
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  • California Transportation Commission (CTC) scheduled consideration of Regional ATP list of projects (location: Sacramento)
January 2015
  • Expected approval of ATP amendments to the 2015 TIP
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
  • Deadline for ATP projects programmed in FY 2014-15 to receive CTC allocation and federal obligation (E-76)


Regional Guideline Deviations from CTC Guidelines

MTC received CTC approval for four main differences in the Regional ATP Guidelines, described below. Further detail is listed in the additional links section.

  1. Add additional evaluation criteria for previously adopted regional priorities, such as bike share expansion, Bay Trail and Regional Bike Network build-out, gap closures in the Regional Bike Network, and multi-jurisdictional projects.
  2. Use MTC’s Communities of Concern definition to meet the 25% requirement for projects benefiting “Disadvantaged Communities,” rather than other measures prescribed by CTC (such as Cal-Enviro-Screen and percent of subsidized school lunches).
  3. Waive local match for construction if pre-construction phases are funded entirely with non-federal and non-ATP funds. Other match and minimum project size requirements remain the same as the Statewide Competitive ATP.
  4. Contingency Backup List. MTC will also adopt a list of contingency projects, ranked in priority order based on the project’s evaluation score. MTC intends to fund projects on the contingency list should there be any project failures or savings in the Cycle 1 Regional Competitive ATP. This will ensure that the Regional Competitive ATP will fully use all ATP funds, and that no ATP funds are lost to the region.


MTC staff has presented the Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program to many groups. The latest presentation is available for download (PDF).

Regional ATP Application Materials

As listed in Appendix A-3 of the MTC Regional ATP Guidelines, all project applicants must submit the following information in order to be responsive to the Regional ATP Call for Projects (including project applicants that were unsuccessful in the Statewide Competitive ATP call for projects).

  1. Cover letter on Agency letterhead signed by the applicant’s Chief Executive Officer or other officer authorized by the applicant’s governing board. If the proposed project is implemented by an agency other than the project sponsor, documentation of the agreement between the two entities must be included.
  2. Project application forms
    1. Statewide ATP Application Form, Parts I and II, available from Caltrans. If applicant applied to the Statewide Competitive ATP and there are no changes, applicant may include copies of the submitted Statewide ATP application form.
    2. Regional Competitive ATP Supplemental Application Form
  3. Project Programming Request (PPR) form (also required in Part I, Section V of the Statewide ATP Application Form)
  4. Documentation of all other funds committed to the project. Documentation may be in the form of identification and verification of other committed funds in the cover letter (bullet 1, above).
  5. Resolution of Local Support. Resolution may be submitted after July 24 if there is a justifiable reason. If Resolution is not included in the application package, applicant must provide justification and expected submittal date in the cover letter (bullet 1, above).
  6. Complete Streets Checklist

Applications were due MTC by 4:00 PM on July 24, 2014. Application packages should be addressed to Kenneth Kao at MTC, and must include five hard copies (one original, four copies) and one electronic copy (via CD/DVD, portable hard drive, or USB thumb drive).

Statewide Competitive ATP


The Statewide Competitive ATP will have $180 million available statewide in FY 2014-15 and FY 2015-16.


Call for projects: March 20, 2014; Applications due: May 21, 2014; CTC Approval: August 20, 2014.

Additional Links

The following documents and links provide further information on the Statewide Competitive ATP.

Note: Please refer to the CTC ATP Webpage for the latest versions of the above documents, which may not be listed here.

Outside Resources

The following links include additional information on the ATP from outside resources (not CTC, Caltrans, or MTC).

State ATP Applications Received by MTC

A log of State ATP applications received by MTC is now available.

Additional Links

The following documents are of interest to applicants and include guidelines and application forms for MTC’s Regional Competitive ATP.

Below are additional background information related to MTC’s Regional Competitive ATP.

Additional Contact Information

Guidelines, programming, and delivery
Kenneth Kao
(510) 817-5768

Application, evaluation panel, and scoring
Sean Co
(510) 817-5748

Transportation Improvement Program
Adam Crenshaw
(510) 817-5794