Active Transportation Program Application

A cyclist rides on a separated bike path along Lake Merrit.

California’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) draws both state and federal funds to provide a total of about $220 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 pay for other projects or programs that make walking or biking easier, safer and more convenient.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) administers the Bay Area’s share of ATP money. MTC works with local agencies to help them compete for funding through the statewide program.

MTC has programmed funds from Cycles 1 through 5. Since 2014, $287 million has been awarded to projects in the MTC region through the State and Regional ATP competitions.

Staff Contact

Karl Anderson, Funding Policy and Programs
Phone: (415) 778-6645

Application Timeline & Best Practices

2021 ATP: Cycle 5 Statewide & MTC Regional Approved Programs​

MTC adopted the Regional ATP program of projects on April 28, 2021 — see the full program as transmitted to the California Transportation Commission (CTC).

New for the 2021 ATP, the State included a pilot program for quick-build projects. The Quick-Build Pilot funds interim rapid-deployment capital projects with a streamlined application. CTC released staff recommendations on September 15, 2020 and adopted the Quick-Build Pilot program of projects on October 21, 2020. The CTC programmed $4.4 million for eight projects around the state, with $2.2 million going to four projects in the Bay Area. View the full list of approved projects.

2019 ATP: Cycle 4 Statewide & MTC Regional Approved Programs​

Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for Cycle 4 information and programmed projects.

MTC adopted the Regional ATP program of projects on February 27, 2019. See the full program as transmitted to the CTC. The CTC approved MTC’s project list on May 15-16, 2019.

More Information

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Requirements & Waivers

MTC requires project sponsors seeking regional ATP grants to put up matching funds totaling at least 11.47% 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.

Disadvantaged Communities Requirements

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

ABAG and MTC define these Equity Priority Communities (formerly known as Communities of Concern) as those large concentrations of:

  • Minority residents
  • Household incomes under 200% 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

View the Equity Priority Communities interactive map.


MTC and its Active Transportation Working Group collaborate with county transportation agencies, Bay Area transit agencies, the California Department of Transportation, the California Transportation Commission and others working in active transportation to develop the regional ATP.