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Active Transportation Program (ATP)

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) was created by Senate Bill 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and Assembly Bill 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013) to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. The ATP consolidates various transportation programs, including the federal Transportation Alternatives Program, state Bicycle Transportation Account, and federal and state Safe Routes to School programs into a single program to:

  • Increase the proportion of biking and walking trips,
  • Increase safety for non-motorized users,
  • Increase mobility for non-motorized users,
  • Advance the efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals,
  • Enhance public health, including the reduction of childhood obesity through the use of projects eligible for Safe Routes to Schools Program funding,
  • Ensure disadvantaged communities fully share in program benefits (25% of program), and
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.

Program funding is segregated into three components and is distributed as follows:

  • 50% to the state for a statewide competitive program,
  • 10% to small urban and rural regions with populations of 200,000 or less for the small urban and rural area competitive program, and
  • 40% to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000 for the large urbanized area competitive program.

2014 ATP

Adopted Program

The Statewide and Small Urban and Rural components of the 2014 ATP were adopted on August 20, 2014. Please note that the adoption of the 2014 ATP, Statewide and Small Urban and Rural components, is not authorization to begin work on a project. Contracts may not be awarded and/or work cannot begin until an allocation is approved by the Commission for a project in the adopted program.

Program Guidelines

The guidelines for the initial two-year program of projects were adopted on March 20, 2014. Guidelines for the program were developed in consultation with a workgroup that included representatives of government agencies and active transportation stakeholder organizations with expertise in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including Safe Routes to School programs. The program guidelines describe the policies and criteria used in selecting projects to be included in the program.

Funding

Competitive Component
2014-15
2015-16
Statewide
124,190
59,850
Small Urban and Rural
24,838
11,970
MPO
99,352
47,880
Total
248,380
119,700

* Amounts shown in thousands

 

Schedule

  • March 20, 2014: Call for projects
  • May 21, 2014: Applications due
  • August 20, 2014: Adoption of statewide and small urban and rural components of the program
  • November 12, 2014: Adoption of MPO component of the program

Application

Additional information about the application can be found on the Caltrans ATP webpage.

 

Project Evaluation Committee

A multidisciplinary advisory group was formed to assist in evaluating project applications. The advisory group consists of stakeholder volunteers with expertise in bicycling and pedestrian transportation, including Safe Routes to Schools projects, and projects benefiting disadvantaged communities. Volunteers were assigned to one of eight teams to provide for geographical representation by large MPOs, RTPAs, small urban, rural areas, and nongovernmental agencies. Each team is facilitated by a Caltrans representative. Below is the multidisciplinary advisory group and team assignments.

Regional MPO Guidelines

The MPOs charged with programming funds to the projects in the MPO competitive component were provided discretion to use different project selection criteria or weighting, minimum project size, match requirement, and definition of disadvantaged criteria for their respective programs. The following table summarizes the proposed amendments by MPOs that have been approved by the Commission.

 

FCOG

MTC

SACOG

SANDAG

SCAG

SJCOG

TCAG

Selection criteria and weighting

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

Minimum project size

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

Match requirement

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

Definition of disadvantaged community

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

Supplemental call for projects

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

* Kern Council of Governments and Stanislaus Council of Governments did not propose amendments for regional guidelines for the 2014 ATP.

 

Contact Information

For additional program information, contact Laurel Janssen (ljanssen@dot.ca.gov, 916-651-6143) or David Giongco (dgiongco@dot.ca.gov, 916-653-2076)