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.
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Regional Active Transportation Program

As part of the Active Transportation Program, SJCOG issues a call for projects for the regional portion of the ATP 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 previously submitted grant applications to the statewide call for projects and any new applications are considered as part of SJCOG’s regional scoring process to determine a programming recommendation. The programming recommendation for the regional portion of ATP Cycle 3 were adopted by the SJCOG Board on January 26, 2017. The next call for projects is anticipated to occur in 2018.