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Call for Projects

 

The Measure A Transportation Expenditure Plan and Measure W Congestion Relief Plan provide funding for a multitude of mobility programs in San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Transportation Authority administers the proceeds of Measure A and Measure W sales tax revenue. While some programs are directly provided funding allocations (like the Local Streets and Transportation category), other programs must hold a competitive selection process known as a “Call for Projects” in order to fund projects. The Call for Projects process uses an evaluation criteria either set by the Transportation Authority’s Strategic Plan or as listed in an adopted corresponding short-range planning document. The Highway, Pedestrian & Bicycle, Grade Separation, Shuttle, Alternative Congestion Relief/Transportation Demand Management, and Regional Transit Connections programs must use a competitive Call for Projects process in order to select projects to be funded.

The information provided below summarizes the status of current or upcoming Call for Projects opportunities for each of the applicable programs. Please direct any general questions regarding the Transportation Authority’s Call for Projects to Patrick Gilster, Manager of Programming and Monitoring, at gilsterp@samtrans.com.

Highway Program

Funding Process Overview: The Highway Program Call for Projects is guided by a Short Range Highway Plan that includes a corresponding Capital Improvement Program. Eligible projects must be included in the existing 2011-2021 Short Range Highway Plan to compete for funding. The Transportation Authority is currently in the process of updating the Short Range Highway for 2020-2030. Local jurisdictions, San Mateo County, and other potential project sponsors are able to apply for and contend for funding for one project development phase at time. Project applications are scored by an Evaluation Committee using the adopted criteria in the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Transportation Authority Board of Directors who approve and program the project awards. 

Call for Projects Timeline:  The next Highway Program Call for Projects will be released following the August 2021 TA Board meeting with applications tentatively due at the end of September 2021. A virtual workshop for interested stakeholder and applicants will be held on August 11, 2021 to communicate the guidelines and schedule. All materials for the CFP and a recording of the workshop will be posted here following the TA Board meeting. To register for the workshop, please use the link below to sign up.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smcta-2021-highway-call-for-projects-workshop-tickets-163392544499

Past Awards: The previous 2017 Call for Projects were awarded in February 2018. To view past awards, please visit the Highway Program webpage here.

Pedestrian & Bicycle Program

Funding Process Overview: The Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Call for Projects allows local jurisdictions, San Mateo County, and other transportation agencies an opportunity to apply for and contend for funding. Project applications are scored by an Evaluation Committee using the adopted criteria in the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Transportation Authority Board of Directors who approve and program the project awards.

Call for Projects Timeline: The next Pedestrian & Bicycle Program Call for Projects is projected to occur in 2022. A mid-cycle Planning and Programs Only Call for Projects may occur in 2021.

Past Awards: The previous 2020 Call for Projects were awarded in December 2020. To view past awards, please visit the Pedestrian & Bicycle Program webpage here.   

Grade Separation Program

Funding Process Overview: The Grade Separation Program Call for Projects allows local jurisdictions, San Mateo County, SamTrans, and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Boards (JPB) an opportunity to apply for and contend for funding. Candidate grade separation projects must be listed in the 2004 Expenditure Plan to be eligible for funds. Project applications are scored by an Evaluation Committee using the adopted criteria in the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Transportation Authority Board of Directors who approve and program the project awards.

Call for Projects Timeline: The next Grade Separation Call for Projects does not have a definitive date at this time and generally occurs every 10 years due to the complex nature of these projects and large dollar values. Projects approved in previous Call for Projects may request funding for the next phase of work on a first come, first served basis.

Past Awards: The previous 2013 Call for Projects were awarded in November 2013. To view past awards, please visit the Grade Separation Program webpage here. 

Shuttle Program

Funding Process Overview: The Shuttle Program Call for Projects allows for local jurisdictions and/or public agencies within San Mateo County to apply for and contend for funding. Funding for this program is provided jointly from Measure A and City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County. Although a public agency must be the applicant for funds, they may use another entity such as SamTrans, the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance (Commute.org) or others to manage and/or operate the service. Project applications are scored by an Evaluation Committee using the adopted criteria in the Strategic Plan 2020-2024. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Transportation Authority Board of Directors who approve and program the project awards.

Call for Projects Timeline: The next Shuttle Program Call for Projects is projected to occur in 2022. The Transportation Authority is currently developing a Short Range Shuttle Plan to help guide future Call for Projects.

Past Awards: The previous Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Call for Projects were awarded in May 2020. To view past awards, please visit the Shuttle Program webpage here.

Alternative Congestion Relief & Transportation Demand Management Program

Funding Process Overview: Currently, Measure A Alternative Congestion Relief funds are used to directly allocate funding to support the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance (Commute.org). With the passage of Measure W, new Transportation Demand Management funding is available under the Countywide Highway Congestion program for projects that reduce highway or freeway traffic. The Transportation Authority will be undertaking the development of an Alternative Congestion Relief & Transportation Demand Management Plan (ACR/TDM Plan) in 2021 to help guide investments. The ACR/TDM Plan will develop goals, project eligibility, and evaluation criteria to be used in future Call for Projects that are open to local jurisdictions and public agencies. Funding for Commute.org will not be changed under the ACR/TDM Plan.

Call for Projects Timeline: The first Alternative Congestion Relief & Transportation Demand Management Program Call for Projects is currently projected to occur in winter 2022 following the adoption of the ACR/TDM Plan at the end of 2021.

Regional Transit Connections Program

Funding Process Overview: A Regional Transit Connections Plan (RTC Plan) will be developed starting in the later half of 2021. Measure W provides funding for the program category for projects that improve transit connectivity between adjacent counties and the rest of the region. The RTC Plan will develop goals, project eligibility, and evaluation criteria to be used in future Call for Projects.

Call for Projects Timeline: The first Regional Transit Connections Program Call for Projects is currently projected to occur in late 2022 following the adoption of the RTC Plan.


Archived Call for Projects

View archived Call for Projects here