Left-Col-140px-Bike

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.

Funding Process Overview:  The Highway Program Call for Projects is guided by a Short Range Highway Plan (SRHP) that includes a corresponding Capital Improvement Program (CIP). Eligible projects must be included in the 2021-2030 SRHP/CIP (Adopted June 2021) to compete for funding in the Highway Program. 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 is projected to occur in 2023.

Past Awards: The previous 2021 Call for Projects were awarded in December 2021. To view past awards, please visit the Highway Program webpage here.

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 planned to be released in August 2022 with applications due in September 2022.

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

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. 

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 along with updates recommended in the 2021 SamTrans/Caltrain Shuttle Study. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Transportation Authority Board of Directors who approve and program the project awards.

Call for Projects Timeline: Given the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic and reductions or elimination in shuttle services, the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 awarded shuttles will be given a one year extension for Fiscal Year 2023. This will also provide time for the new ReImagine SamTrans bus routes to be deployed prior to the next Call for Projects to ensure future routes properly serve San Mateo County. The next Shuttle Program Call for Projects is planned to be released in December 2022 with applications due February 2023.

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.

Funding Process Overview: The Alternative Congestion Relief (ACR) and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program is guided by the ACR/TDM Plan which was adopted in January 2022. The ACR/TDM Program includes three competitive categories: (1) Intelligent Transportation Systems Planning and Design Funds; (2) ACR/TDM Planning; and, (3) ACR/TDM Project & Program Funds. Local jurisdictions, San Mateo County, Commute.org, C/CAG, and other potentially eligible sponsors are able to apply for and contend for funding for up to three projects during each Call for Projects cycle. Project eligibility is confirmed during required pre-application submittal meetings with SMCTA staff and applications are scored by an Evaluation Committee using the adopted criteria in the ACR/TDM Plan. Funding recommendations are then presented to the Transportation Authority Board of Directors who approve and program the project awards.

Call for Projects Timeline: The first ACR/TDM Program Call for Projects is planned to be released in March 2022 with applications due in April 2022.

Past Awards: Historically, Measure A ACR has only been used to support the Peninsula Traffic Congestion Relief Alliance (Commute.org). A competitive Call for Projects has not been conducted previously. To learn more about the ACR/TDM Program, please visit the TDM page here.

Funding Process Overview: A Regional Transit Connections Plan (RTC Plan) will be developed starting in 2022. 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 or early 2023 following the adoption of the RTC Plan.


Archived Call for Projects

View archived Call for Projects here