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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. The ATP consolidated various transportation programs into a single program and was originally funded at about $123 million a year from a combination of state and federal funds. Most recently, Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 Senate Bill 1 (Chapter 20, Statutes of 2017) added approximately $100 million per year in available funds for the ATP. This will nearly double the amount of available funds for the Active Transportation Program.


Active Transportation Program (ATP) funds are separated into three main components: the statewide competitive program, the small urban and rural area competitive program (to be managed by the state), and the large urbanized area competitive program (managed by the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) – also known as the Regional Competitive ATP).


2021 Active Transportation Program Cycle 5 Information


Fresno COG Staff engaged with program stakeholders and held a virtual workshop on May 14, 2020. In the workshop stakeholders discussed the revised regional schedule to align with the amended statewide schedule, in response to COVID-19. Based on the discussion at the workshop, the proposed schedule amendment to the Regional 2021 Cycle 5 Active Transportation Program schedule is outlined below. The schedule will be included in the June TTC/PAC and Policy Board for acceptance.


Project Milestones Original Schedule Revised Schedule
Commission approves or rejects MPO guidelines May 13-14, 2020 August 12, 2020
Statewide Project applications to Caltrans (postmark date) June 15, 2020 September 15, 2020
Regional project application copies and resolutions due to FCOG August 14, 2020 November 20, 2020
Staff recommendation for statewide and small urban and rural portions of the program posted November 16, 2020 February 15, 2021
FCOG MAG Reviews and Scores regional projects December 9, 2020** February 24, 2021**
Commission adopts statewide and small urban and rural portions of the program December 2-3, 2020 March 2021*
Projects not programmed distributed to large MPOs based on location December 2-3, 2020 March 2021*
FCOG project recommendations to TTC/PAC for approval January 8, 2021 March 12, 2021
Deadline for MPO Draft project programming recommendations to the Commission January 18, 2021 April 15, 2021
FCOG project recommendations to Policy Board for adoption January 28, 2021 March 25, 2021
Deadline for MPO Final project programming recommendations to the Commission April 2, 2021 May 14, 2021
Commission adopts MPO selected projects May 2021* June 2021*

*Exact dates will coincide with the Commission’s 2021 meeting calendar

**Date subject to change


Statewide ATP Cycle 5 Materials
Refer to the Caltrans ATP web page for the electronic statewide ATP application and additional program material.  Statewide guidelines can be found on the CTC website.


2019 Active Transportation Cycle 4 Information


Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program

2019 ATP Cycle 4 MPO Project Recommendations

Final Adopted 2019 ATP Guidelines

Multi-disciplinary Advisory Group (MAG)

Summary of Cycle 4 Regional Guidelines Changes


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Soliz via email at or via phone at 559-233-4148 ext. 223.


Statewide Competitive Program

For statewide guidelines, applications, scoring rubrics and additional ATP information please visit the CTC website at


Previous ATP Cycle Information:

Fresno COG’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 3 Regional Call for Projects took place from July 1, 2016, through September 15, 2016.  Six applications were submitted directly to the Regional Call for Projects for a total funding request of $1.51 million.  However, per program guidelines, the Fresno County applications not selected through the Statewide Call for Projects, which was open by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) from April 15, 2016, through June 15, 2016, were also considered and evaluated as part of the Regional Call for Projects. For Cycle 3, Fresno COG will receive $1,338,000 for each fiscal year (2019/20 and 2020/21) to award to local projects. Per the ATP legislation, at least 25% of the program funds must benefit projects in disadvantaged communities.


The scoring committee, consisting of ATP Multidisciplinary Advisory Group (MAG) members, convened on November 2, 2016, to score and deliberate on the project applications submitted. The draft recommended program of projects can be found below.


ATP Cycle 3 MPO Draft Project Recommendations


Fresno COG staff anticipates proposing a recommendation of approval for the ATP program of projects at the January 13, 2017, Transportation Technical Committee (TTC) and Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings, as well as the January 26, 2017, Policy Board meeting. The deadline for Fresno COG to submit the Regional ATP Cycle 3 program of projects to the CTC is January 27, 2017.  CTC plans to adopt the various MPO Program of Projects at their March 2017 meeting.  Subsequently, Fresno COG’s 2017 FTIP will be amended during the summer of 2017 to incorporate the approved Cycle 3 ATP projects. Project proponents and members of the public are welcome to attend any of these meetings and speak on behalf of the projects.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Chelsea Gonzales ( or Suzanne Martinez ( The final Regional Guidelines, final CTC Statewide Guidelines, and other relevant attachments are also available below.


FINAL Fresno COG Regional Competitive ATP Guidelines
Summary of Cycle 3 Regional Competitive Guidelines Changes
Final CTC Statewide ATP Cycle 3 Guidelines
Caltrans ATP Guidelines
Caltrans ATP NI Guidance
CTC Cycle 3 Scoring Rubrics

ATP Cycle 3 Electronic Application form
ATP Cycle 3 Application Instructions
ATP Question 1 Census Tract Instructions


ATP Application Webinar Recording:

Please email Chelsea Gonzales at with any other questions or requests.


Fresno COG Regional Active Transportation Program


MPOs with large urbanized areas, such as Fresno COG, have the option of either administering a regional call for projects or delegating that responsibility to the State. The Policy Board recommended that Fresno COG administer our own regional call for projects and that we develop our own guidelines applicable to our region. Because Fresno COG is using guidelines with slightly different requirements, such as minimum project size, for its regional competitive ATP selection process than the state, Fresno COG had to obtain California Transportation Commission (CTC) approval prior to administering a regional call for projects.  The guidelines for the ATP Cycle 3 Regional Call for Projects were approved by the CTC at the June 29, 2016 meeting.


The Programming Subcommittee formed a new Multidisciplinary Advisory Group (MAG) to assist in the development of the guidelines, scoring criteria and to participate in the evaluation of the project applications. In forming the MAG, the Subcommittee sought participants with expertise in bicycling and pedestrian transportation, including Safe Routes to Schools type projects, and in projects benefiting disadvantaged communities. The representatives are geographically balanced representing tribal agencies, state agencies, Fresno COG, local jurisdictions in Fresno County, and non‐governmental organizations. The MAG will prioritize, rank the applications, and ensure that 25% of available funds are dedicated to projects and programs benefiting Disadvantaged Communities as identified in the CTC ATP guidelines and in the Fresno COG regional competitive ATP Guidelines.




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.