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— Available   — Apportioned — Obligated   — Rescinded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
Trina Luo
TA Program Manager
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: 916-653-8450

FHWA Division TA Coordinator
Antonio Johnson
Planning Team Leader
FHWA - CA Division
650 Capitol Mall Suite 4-100, Sacramento, CA
Tel: 916-498-5889

State DOT Website:

TA Program Structure, Policies, and Procedures

  • Application timeline: Applications close on 6/15/22. Please see website for more information.
  • TA program structure: The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) administers the state's Active Transportation Program (ATP). 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, school districts, tribal governments, non-profit organizations and any other entity with responsibility for oversite of transportation or recreational trails
  • Application information: The application forms can be found online.
  • 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: ATP prioritizes investment in disadvantaged communities, which have long suffered from underinvestment and communities cut off by transportation infrastructure. The Active Transportation Resource Center provides technical assistance to applicants.
  • Is there an advisory committee?: Yes
  • Advisory committee members: Members represent a diverse statewide constituency who represent the needs and interests of all active transportation users
  • Project award minimum: $250,000
  • 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.