Active Transportation Frequently Asked Questions


General AT Questions

What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation refers to human powered transportation, and low speed electronic assist devices. Examples include but are not limited to bicycles, tricycles, wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs/”scooters”, skates, and skateboards.

Active Transportation is a critical component in developing and implementing sustainable community strategies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing public health and making the region a more enjoyable place to live, work and play.

ATP Grant Questions

Where can I find information on applying for an ATP Grant?

The finalized guidelines and application will be available on the California Transportation Commission (CTC) website beginning March 26, 2015. Until then, the most recent draft guidelines and instructions are available on the CTC website which prospective applicants can use to begin preparing.

Am I eligible? Who can apply?

Eligible applicants include cities, counties, transit agencies, natural resource or public land agencies, public schools/school districts, tribal governments and non-profits for Recreational Trails Program. For further information on eligibility, please refer to page 6 of the Draft ATP Guidelines.

What is the deadline for applying?

June 1, 2015 is the application deadline for the 2015 ATP.

What are the match requirements?

Match requirements are being reconsidered for the 2015 ATP. The CTC will determine the match requirement at the March 26, 2015 Commission meeting. The 2014 ATP required that projects include at least 11.47% in matching funds, except for projects predominantly benefiting a disadvantaged community, stand-alone non-infrastructure projects and Safe Routes to School projects. The source of the matching funds may be any combination of local, private, state or federal funds.

How can we perform cost/benefit analysis on our project?

For the 2015 ATP, Caltrans and the CTC are unveiling a beta version of its standardized cost/benefit tool. The tool will provide a reliable and consistent method for evaluators to determine project effectiveness. Applicants will have an opportunity to defend the outcome of the cost/benefit tool in the application. To do so, the applicant must clearly indicate why the preferred alternative was chosen over other alternatives. To the best of your ability, quantify the benefits.

I have additional questions not answered here. Where can I get information?

For more information contact SCAG staff person Stephen Patchan, Senior Regional Planner,, (213) 236-1923.