Active Transportation

Active Transportation Program Grant Funding and Implementation

The California Active Transportation Program (ATP) was created by Senate Bill 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes 2013) and Assembly Bill 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes 2013), to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, as well as to ensure compliance with the federal transportation authorization Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). The new ATP program will award approximately $124.2 million statewide per year for active transportation projects. The first three-years of funding, approximately $360 million statewide, will be awarded in the 2014 Call for Projects. The goals of the Active Transportation Program are to:

  • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking.
  • Increase the safety and mobility of non-motorized users.
  • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals as established pursuant to Senate Bill 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) and Senate Bill 391 (Chapter 585, Statutes of 2009).
  • Enhance public health, including reduction of childhood obesity through the use of programs including, but not limited to, projects eligible for Safe Routes to School Program funding.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program.
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.

As of the May 20th deadline, SCAG local jurisdictions applied for nearly $500 million in ATP grant funds. While this far exceeds the amount available in the statewide competition, it underscores the demand for active transportation infrastructure within the SCAG Region.

2014 ATP Cycle 1 Funding Requested
County Total Amount Requested
Los Angeles $281,396,972.56
Orange $53,090,672.15
San Bernardino $60,145,937.33
Riverside $78,241,090.00
Imperial $7,053,201.61
Ventura $10,584,389.00
Total Amount Requested for SCAG Region: $490,512,262.65

A complete listing of applications within the SCAG region can be found here.

Statewide & Regional Opportunities

Funds awarded through the new ATP program will be distributed by the state (60%) as well as regional MPOs (40%). SCAG does not intend to host a separate Call for Projects. Caltrans will instead forward grant proposals from the SCAG region that were not awarded funding in the first statewide selection round for consideration in the Regional Program. Therefore, all project applications must meet the state’s criteria and be submitted to Caltrans first.


As mentioned above, all grant applications must meet the state’s criteria and be submitted to Caltrans first. After the state selects and approves projects for the the Statewide Program, the remaining applications will be forwarded to regional MPOs for consideration in the Regional Programs.

SCAG is currently collaborating with the county transportation commissions to develop competitive project selection priorities for its Regional Program, including consideration of geographic equity. However, all project applications will be initially scored based on the state’s funding criteria and must be submitted to Caltrans by May 21, 2014.

The competitive process is outlined in the California Transportation Commission draft ATP Guidelines (to be adopted by March 20, 2014). To be notified of when the guidelines become available, please visit the Caltrans ATP website