Funding Opportunities

Welcome to the Transportation Authority's funding opportunities webpage.  Here you will find information on funding opportunities offered by the Transportation Authority and other agencies. The Transportation Authority gathers information on external funding opportunities to disseminate to interested agencies.

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The following are funding opportunities managed by the Transportation Authority.

PROPOSITION K (HALF-CENT LOCAL SALES TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION)

In November 2003, over 75% of San Francisco voters approved Prop K, extending the existing half-cent local sales tax for transportation (Prop B, approved in 1989) and approving a new 30-year Expenditure Plan identifying projects and programs to be funded by the sales tax. The Transportation Authority does the strategic planning of Prop K funds, allocates funds to eligible projects, and monitors and expedites the delivery of Prop K projects.

  • Our Prop K pages provide links to all of the crucial documents associated with the planning and programming of the Prop K funds.
  • Our Sponsor Resources page provides the materials needed to apply for Prop K funds.

PROPOSITION AA (VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE)

Proposition AA (Prop AA) is a $10 countywide vehicle registration fee that was passed by San Francisco voters in 2010. Prop AA generates about $5 million in revenues each year, which are used to fund smaller, high-impact street repair and reconstruction, pedestrian safety, and transit reliability and mobility improvement projects throughout the city. It is a key part of an overall strategy to develop a balanced, well thought-out program to improve transportation for San Francisco residents.

  • Our Prop AA pages provide links to all of the crucial documents associated with the planning and programming of Prop AA funds.
  • Our Sponsor Resources page provides materials needed to apply for Prop AA funds.

TRANSPORTATION FUND FOR CLEAN AIR

The Transportation Authority is the designated Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) Program Manager for San Francisco. In that capacity, it programs approximately $800,000 every year to bicycle, pedestrian and other transportation projects that help improve air quality by reducing motor vehicle emissions. In 2009, the Transportation Authority expanded its role under a more thoroughly delegated program that places much of the project selection and oversight duties with the congestion management agencies rather than the Air District. The Transportation Authority also provides assistance to project sponsors in applying for regional TFCA funds, programmed directly by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

  • TFCA main page: lists Transportation Authority projects funded and completed, with sponsors and funds allocated.
  • Regional TFCA: provides details on the Air District's Regional TFCA Fund Program.

Fiscal Year 2017/18 Call for Projects was closed.  Please visit the 2017/18 TFCA Call for Projects page for the latest updates

ONE BAY AREA GRANT (OBAG) PROGRAM

OBAG Cycle 1: In May 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted the OBAG (Cycle 1) as its framework for programming federal transportation funds that flow to the region, with the purpose of better integrating the region's federal transportation program with California's climate law (SB 375, Steinberg, 2008) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Please visit the OBAG Home page for more background on MTC's OBAG Program.

San Francisco received $38.8 million in OBAG funds for the current programming cycle, and in its role as the Congestion Management Agency, in September 2012, the Transportation Authority Board approved San Francisco's OBAG funding framework that set aside $3.5 million for the Transportation Authority’s CMA planning activities and dedicated the remaining $35 million for OBAG projects. In June 2013, the Transportation Authority Board adopted the final OBAG program of projects.  Please visit the OBAG 1 page for the selection process, as well as the list of projects and their status.

OBAG Cycle 2: In November 2015, MTC adopted OBAG 2 funding and policy framework for five years of funding from FY 2017/18 to FY 2021/22, including the OBAG County Program formula.  In July 2016, MTC Commission approved the OBAG 2 program funding amount, including $385.512 million for the County Program, and detailed guidance for the County Program.  As a Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority is responsible for administering San Francisco’s County Program share of $48.183 million, which includes a guaranteed minimum of $1.797 million for Safe Routes to School (based on K-12 total school enrollment).  MTC’s County Programming Policies (Resolution 4202) provide guidance on eligible project types, funding limitations, project selection process, and other requirements, such as the Priority Development Area (PDA) target (link to PDA map).

OBAG 2 Call For Project is now closed.  Please visit the OBAG 2 page for the latest updates. 

REGIONAL SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

With the adoption of the OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) Program framework in May 2012, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved the continuation of the Regional Safe Routes to School Program (RSR2S) with a total of $20 million in federal funds available over four years (Fiscal Year 2012-13 through 2015-16). The purpose of MTC's program is to significantly reduce vehicle emissions stemming from school-related travel. San Francisco's share is $1,439,000 based on its proportion of K–12 school enrollment in the nine Bay Area counties. San Francisco's RSR2S funds will be administered by the Transportation Authority in our capacity as Congestion Management Agency. We worked with the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Coalition (Coalition) throughout the spring of 2013 to develop an approach to enhance the existing SR2S efforts and best achieve the objectives for MTC's RSR2S program. View the work scope of the enhanced program.

OBAG 1 SR2S Update: MTC extended Cycle 1 OBAG by 1 year and, as a result, generated supplemental funds for the Regional SR2S program. In June 2016, the Transportation Authority Board approved programming San Francisco’s modest share ($360,000) of these funds to expand SFDPH’s SR2S Program, particularly the communication, coordination, outreach, and evaluation efforts (link to resolution).

OBAG 2 SR2S Update: This regional program has been incorporated into the overall County Program under OBAG Cycle 2.

LIFELINE TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM

The Transportation Authority released a call for projects for up to $4.92 million in Cycle 4 Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP) funds. 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, including 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 more information on LTP and the Cycle 4 selection process, please visit our LTP page.

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OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

The following are funding opportunities that are not managed by the Transportation Authority.

 OPEN FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES APPLICATION DEADLINE
Vehicle Buy Back Program None, until funds are exhausted
Cultural Corridor Consortium Grants June 2, 2017

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative

June 12, 2017

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant

June 21, 2017

Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Program

June 26, 2017

On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstrations Projects

August 16, 2017

Vehicle Buy Back Program

To reduce air pollution, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's (Air District) Vehicle Buy Back Program (VBB) will pay $1,000 for an operating and registered 1994 and older vehicle. Vehicle dismantlers contracted by the Air District will scrap the vehicles. The VBB Program is a voluntary program that takes older vehicles off the road. The VBB Program is funded through the Air District's Carl Moyer, Mobile Source Incentive Fund and Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) programs.

The program is available until funds are exhausted. See the website for more information about the program.

Transportation For America (T4A) Cultural Corridor Consortium Grants

T4A is seeking to award $50,000 (each) to creative placemaking projects in three new cities for 2017-2018. Over the last two years, T4A had worked alongside local partners in Nashville, Portland and San Diego to explore how arts and culture and more creative forms of engaging the public can transform neighborhoods in a positive way. Visit http://t4america.org/2017/04/28/arts-culture-helping-three-cities-transform-neighborhoods-positive-way/ about the work currently underway in each city.

T4A will accept proposals for creative placemaking projects addressing a wide variety of transportation challenges or opportunities. Preference will be given to projects that improve the quality, design, uniqueness, and local ownership of transit corridors, and that connect to larger transportation plans or system investments. Each application must include partners that include representatives from at least two of the following categories: public/quasi-public, private, or nonprofit. Projects at any phase of development are eligible. A letter of support from the local Metropolitan Planning Organization or equivalent indicating awareness of and support for the proposed project is strongly encouraged.

The application deadline is June 2, 2017. Informational webinar will be held on May 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. Eastern. For more information, please visit http://t4america.org/creative-placemaking-grants/.

Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative

Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) Initiative has released the notice of funding opportunity for the second round to provide up to $60 million to develop model deployment sites for large scale installation and operation of advanced transportation technologies to improve safety, efficiency, system performance, and infrastructure return on investment. FHWA will make no fewer than 5 and no more than 10 awards of up to $12 million individually. The minimum local match requirement is 50%.

Eligible applicants include state or local governments or their political subdivisions (such as publicly owned toll or port authorities), transit agencies, Metropolitan Planning Organizations representing a population of over 200,000, or a multi-jurisdictional group or consortia of research institutions or academic institutions. Partnership with the private sector or public agencies is encouraged. Eligible projects include:

  • advanced traveler information systems;
  • advanced transportation management technologies;
  • infrastructure maintenance, monitoring, and condition assessment;
  • advanced public transportation system;
  • transportation system performance data collection, analysis, and dissemination systems;
  • advanced safety system;
  • integration of Intelligent Transportation Systems with the smart grid and other energy distribution and charging systems;
  • electronic pricing and payment systems; or
  • advanced mobility and access technologies. 

The application due date is June 12, 2017. Questions are due on or before May 12, 2017 to ATCMTD@dot.gov. For more information, please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293139.

April 25, 2017 webinar files can be accessed via https://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s170425/s170425_ATCMTD_intro.asp.

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program

Applications are currently being accepted for The California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation program (EEM) 2016/17 grant cycle. EEM awards up to $7 million each fiscal year for grants to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified state transportation facilities. Grants are generally limited to $500,000 for development projects and up to $1,000,000 for acquisition projects. Matching funds are not required, but applications which include other sources of funds will be more competitive.

Eligible applicants are local, state and federal governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. Eligible projects include (1) Urban Forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide; (2) Resource Lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within or near the right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements; (3) Mitigation Projects Beyond the Scope of the Lead Agency responsible for assessing the environmental impact of the proposed transportation improvement.

The deadline for applications is June 21, 2017. Four technical assistance workshops will be held throughout California in May. For more information, please visit http://resources.ca.gov/grants/environmental-enhancement-and-mitigation-eem/.

Low or No Emission (Low-No) Vehicle Program

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced the availability of $55 million of Fiscal Year 2017 funds for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as related equipment or facilities. The Low-No program supports projects to bring advanced, American-made bus technologies such as battery electric power and hydrogen fuel cells into service nationwide. All proposed projects must be part of the intended recipient’s long-term integrated fleet management plan.The minimum local match requirement is 10% - 15%.

Eligible applicants include a designated recipient of FTA grants, states, local governmental authorities and Indian Tribes. Eligible projects include projects or programs of projects in an area for:

  • purchasing or leasing low or no emission buses;
  • acquiring low or no emission buses with a leased power source;
  • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission buses;
  • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission buses;
  • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission buses

The application due date is June 26, 2017. A webinar for this opportunity will be held on May 11, 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/applying/notices-funding/low-or-no-emission-low-no-program-fy-2017-notice-funding-0

On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstrations Projects 

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has announced its Fiscal Year 2016-17 grant solicitation for the On-Road Advanced Technology Demonstrations Projects. Up to $17 million is available for projects which provide greenhouse gas (GHG), criteria pollutant, and toxic air contaminant emission reduction benefits to disadvantaged communities. Eligible applicants include air districts, ports, local government entities or agencies as well as California-based non-profit organizations with expertise implementing large scale advanced technology demonstration projects and the requisite knowledge of advanced technology truck operations. The matching funds requirement is 25%.

Projects funded will demonstrate technologies in one or more of the following three categories: pre-commercial Intelligent Transportation Systems and Connected Trucks, Advanced Engines and Powertrains, and Zero-Emission Short and Regional Haul Trucks. Eligible vehicle types are limited to Class 7 and Class 8 (GVWR >26,000 lbs.) on-road heavy-duty trucks focused on freight activities.

Funding is available for the following activities:

  • Vehicle, technology, and infrastructure production and installation.
  • Demonstration of the deployed vehicle technology and infrastructure.
  • Administrative costs (administrative costs shall not exceed 5 percent of the project amount funded by CARB).
  • Data collection and emission testing

The application due date is August 16, 2017. CARB will hold an applicant teleconference on June 15, 2017. For more information, please visit https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/solicitations.htm#fy1617onroaddemo

OTHER lINKS

For an overview of transportation funding sources and apportionments, please view Caltrans' 2014 Guide to Transportation Funding in California.

For an overview of transportation funding for the San Francisco Bay Area, please view MTC's guide Moving Costs.

For more information or assistance with Prop K or other federal, state, or regional funding opportunities, please contact Anna LaForte, Deputy Director for Policy & Programming with the Authority, at 415.522.4805 or via email.

 

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