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Transportation Funding Programs
As the federal-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for San Joaquin County, SJCOG is responsible for developing the region’s funding priorities for specific federal and state transportation funding programs and managing others.

Federal Funding
Federal funding levels and regulations are established by Congress in surface transportation acts. The most recent act, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST), was signed into law by President Obama on December 4, 2015.

In the FAST Act and its predecessor, MAP-21, the Surface Transportation Program (STP) and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) are the cornerstone programs for funds distributed to regions for transportation. STP and CMAQ are "flexible" funding programs. This means the money can be spent on public transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects, as well as on roads and highways.

Under the role of MPO, SJCOG is responsible to adopt a 
Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) every two years in order for the region to use federal funds from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) on projects. Projects requiring federal funding, a federal action, or projects that are considered regionally significant must be included in the FTIP. The FTIP covers all modes - transit, highway, bridges, local streets and roads, bicycle, pedestrian, and freight movement projects. 

Questions? Contact Ryan Niblock at (209) 235-0588 or

See more about Transit Programs.

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 federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program , Bicycle Transportation Account, and State Safe Routes to School, into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation.


The goals of the ATP 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.
  • - 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.


State and federal law segregate program funding 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 in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000 for the large urbanized area competitive program. At least 25% of the funds must benefit Disadvantaged Communities, which includes many parts of San Joaquin County.


More information: and

SJCOG Regional Active Transportation Program
SJCOG issued a call for projects for the Regional ATP on June 16, and applications were due on July 29. There is approximately $2.1 million available for eligible projects in San Joaquin County. Eligible projects include bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, Safe Routes to School, plans, and education and enforcement programs.

All previosuly submitted grant applications to the statewide call for projects and any new applications will be considered as part of SJCOG’s regional scoring process to determine a programming recommendation. The programming recommendation for the Regional ATP funds will be adopted by the SJCOG Board on January 26, 2017. 

Questions? Contact David Ripperda at (209) 235-0565 or

State Programs

Under the role of Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), SJCOG is responsible for developing the region’s funding priorities for the 
State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

And for submitting the projects to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) by way of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)

Appropriation of Funds

SJCOG is also responsible for the apportionment of Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds each year in conformance with legislative priorities. TDA funds include the Local Transportation Fund and the State Transit Assistance Fund. The transit operators and other member agencies submit their annual TDA claims based on these apportionments and in compliance with SJCOG TDA Administration Policy.

SJCOG is subsequently required by state law to prepare and submit an audit of its performance on a triennial basis to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in order to continue receiving Transportation Development Act (TDA) funding.

Diane Nguyen
Deputy Director - Planning, Programming, & Project Delivery
Ph: (209) 235-0442