Transportation Alternatives Program Profile

California's Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail | Photo by TrailLink user danwary

Funding History

Distribution of Programmed TE & TA Funds by Category
Cumulative FY 1992 Through FY 2018

Chart Legend

Combined TE/TA Funds by Fiscal Year
— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded

For help with this chart please see the TE Primer.
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State DOT Program Staff

State DOT TA Coordinator
April Nitsos
TE Program Manager
California Department of Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-653-8450
Fax: 916-653-1905

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Larry Vinzant
TE Program Contact
CA Division
650 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-498-5040

Shawn Oliver
TE Program Contact
CA Division
650 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-498-5048

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • TA program structure: On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in the Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354). The ATP consolidates existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation. The ATP administered by the Division of Local Assistance, Office of Active Transportation and Special Programs.
  • Who is eligible to apply: Local, Regional, or State Agencies; Caltrans; Transit Agencies; Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies; Tribal Governments; and Public Schools.
  • Application information: The application forms can be found online.
  • Application timeline: ATP allocations must be requested in the fiscal year of the project programming and are valid for award for six months from the date of allocation unless the California Transportation commission (CTC) approves an extension.
  • Application components: Project narrative, applicant, co-applicants, partner, project description, funding, master agreements with Caltrans, project type, project status (permits/ environmental clearance), signatures, Project Programming Request (PPR), and Project Estimates.
  • Selection criteria: The potential for increased walking and bicycling; increasing and improving connectivity and mobility of non-motorized users; potential for reducing the number and/or rate of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries; public participation and planning; cost- effectiveness; improved public health; benefit to disadvantaged communities; use of California Conservation Corps; and applicants past performance on grants.
  • Application tips: Complete the entire application to be eligible for funding. Caltrans provides the program training.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes.
  • Advisory committee members: The members can be seen online.
  • Project award minimum: The minimum request for funds is $250,000. This minimum does not apply to Non-Infrastructure, Safe Routes to School (SRTS), or Recreational Trail Project (RTP).
  • Project award maximum: None.
  • Typical local match: Projects must include at least 11.47 percent in matching funds.
  • Matching policies: Projects predominately benefiting a disadvantage community, stand alone non-infrastructure projects, and safe routes to school projects are excluded from the matching funds.
  • Once your project is funded: The applicant or implementation agency is responsible for requesting funding allocation for their projects adopted in the ATP.