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Transportation Funding

Metro is responsible for programming transportation funds in Los Angeles County. This role includes monitoring and participating in state and federal funding distribution, allocation, and management.

State and federal transportation funding is integral to implementing Metro, regional, and local transportation programs and projects. This webpage is intended to provide information and resources on funding management, programming, and opportunities:

  • Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP)
  • Active Transportation Program (ATP)
  • California Climate Investments (Cap and Trade) programs
  • 2017 Road Repair and Accountability Act (SB 1) programs
  • State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)

The Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is a federally mandated listing of transportation projects that will be funded with federal, state or local funds over the next four years. The TIP includes regionally significant and/or federally funded transit, highway, local roadway, bridge, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian capital and non-capital projects.  All transportation projects must be listed in an approved TIP in order to access federal or state funding

In Los Angeles County, local agencies program new and revised transportation projects using the Program Metro platform . Once submitted, projects are reviewed for compliance with federal and state laws and for fiscal constraint first by Metro, then SCAG, before being submitted to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

The FTIP is adopted once every odd year (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 etc.). Effective December 2018, the 2019 FTIP will replace the 2017 FTIP.

Amending the TIP - Amendments and Administrative Modifications

On an alternating monthly basis, agencies are given the opportunity to introduce or update projects on ProgramMetro. Projects may be created or amended through either a Formal Amendment or and Administrative Modification. Please note that for project amendments to be approved by SCAG, the changes must meet the following criteria:

  • May not affect the regional emissions analysis
  • May not affect the timely implementation of the Transportation Control Measures
  • May not adversely impact financial constraint
  • Stay consistent with the adopted Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Administrative Modification
This procedure is for minor changes to project cost, schedule, scope, or funding sources. Administrative Modifications are usually approved 30 days SCAG has the delegated authority to approve administrative modifications, so this process is much quicker than the amendment

Formal Amendment
This procedure is for changes of larger significance. Because of the many layers of review, Formal Amendments can take up to 3 months for approval. Changes that qualify for a Formal Amendment include

  1. cost changes that are greater than 40 percent of the total project cost or $10 million, whichever is higher
  2. adding or deleting projects that are exempt from regional emission analyses
  3. adding a project or a project phase to the program
  4. significant changes to the design concept, scope, or schedule of an existing project

For a complete definition of eligible changes, please see Section VII. Amendments and Administrative Modifications .

ProgramMetro

ProgramMetro is Los Angeles County's online TIP database. It eliminates the need for manual project submissions and ensures that both Metro and lead agencies have access to the most up-to-date entries. Agencies must view, edit, and submit their transportation projects into the TIP through ProgramMetro. Metro will not carry out the submission process on the agencies behalf. To access the Program Metro funding system please use the link below.

https://programmetro.ecointeractive.com/secure/login

TIP Workshops

The Metro TIP team regularly offers informational workshops for agency staff to explain the TIP process, its significance, and how it fits in the agency’s overall project delivery plan. These hands-on workshops also allow agency staff an opportunity to learn the different features of ProgramMetro.

To register for the upcoming TIP workshop, please contact Robin Franke at franker@metro.net .

Contact Us

Nancy Marroquin - marroquinn@metro.net
Doreen Morrissey - morrisseyd@metro.net
Nick Zhao - zhaoji@metro.net
Robin Franke - franker@metro.net


The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is a biannual competitive funding opportunity for projects that encourage increased bicycling and walking. The ATP is a state-administered program that distributes both state and federal funds. The ATP is a key source of funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects statewide and in Los Angeles County. Since 2014, Los Angeles County projects have been awarded $451 million from the ATP.

Los Angeles County ATP-Funded Projects

Metro's Role in Selecting ATP Projects

A portion of ATP funding is distributed in a regional competition. In the Southern California region, Metro helps select projects from Los Angeles County by evaluating projects’ consistency with local and regional plans. Below is the latest methodology for this evaluation.

ATP Cycle 4 Regional Program Scoring

Metro Grant Assistance Program

The ATP is a major source of funding for active transportation improvements. In fact it is one of the only major resources statewide. Metro wants to make maximize opportunities for funding projects in Los Angeles County. We administer a grant assistance program that provides selected local agencies with resources to develop competitive applications. Below are the latest Metro Board actions on the grant assistance program.

ATP Cycle 4 Priorities Framework

ATP Project Delivery and Implementation

Metro wants to help local agencies with ATP-funded projects succeed in delivering projects on-time and in compliance with ATP requirements. The following resources and tools are available to assist.

Metro Resources for Active Transportation

Metro has developed a variety of plans, toolkits, and programs to help support local and regional active transportation activities. Below are available resources


Proceeds from California’s Cap-and-Trade Program are deposited into the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund projects that help the state meet its climate goals. These California Climate Investments are made through various programs for transportation and sustainable communities, clean and efficient energy, and natural resources and waste diversion. Cap-and-Trade funding opportunities for transportation and related sustainable communities projects are summarized below.

Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program

Funds affordable housing and transportation projects that decrease vehicle miles traveled by increasing infill development and improving mobility options.
http://sgc.ca.gov/programs/ahsc /

Community Air Protection Program

Funds projects that reduce mobile source emissions. This program is related to the Carl Moyer Program.
https:// www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/cap/capfunds.htm

High Speed Rail

Provides funds to plan, design, build, and operate a California high-speed rail system.

Metro’s High-Speed Rail related projects:

Link US

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program

Funds projects by designated transportation planning agencies and transit operators that support bus or rail services, new transit routes, expansion of bus connections, fare reduction, voucher programs, and more.
http :// www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html

Metro’s Low Carbon Transit Operations projects:

Low Carbon Transportation

Provides funds to accelerate the transition to low carbon passenger and freight transportation through incentive and loan programs.
https:// www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/aqip.htm

Transit & Intercity Rail Capital

Transformative Climate Communities

Funds coordinated, partnership projects that transform the environmental, health, and economic outcomes of California’s most disadvantaged communities.
http://sgc.ca.gov/programs/tcc /


The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) was signed into law on April 28, 2017. SB 1 presents local agencies and Metro with new and expanded funding opportunities that will play an important role in our ability to implement  local and regional priorities such as Measure M, the 2009 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) and Measure R. SB 1 created and funds new programs and provides additional funding for existing programs such as the Active Transportation Program (ATP), Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), and the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Information on SB 1 is linked below.

Opportunities to Implement Measure M Through New and Expanded State and Federal Transportation Funding Programs

Metro Supports SB 1

Rebuilding California

CalSMART Project Intake and Reporting Tool


2018 Los Angeles County Regional Transportation Improvement Program Submittal

Metro, as the County Transportation Commission for Los Angeles County, is responsible for developing the county’s funding priorities for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), and for submitting the projects to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) by way of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). The RTIP is a listing of state highway and transit projects that Los Angeles County proposes for funding through the 2018 STIP covering the five-year period from Fiscal Year 2018/2019 to 2022/2023. The 2018 Los Angeles County RTIP was submitted to the CTC and Caltrans on December 15, 2017.

2018 Los Angeles County RTIP Submittal

Los Angeles County’s approved Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) programming

In March 2018, the CTC approved their recommendations for the 2018 STIP, programming Regional Improvement Program (RIP) funds for each regions RTIP. The table below shows the projects currently funded in the STIP for Los Angeles County, including those approved in the 2018 RTIP. The table shows each project’s RIP funding by year. More details can be found through the CTC's 2018 Orange Book .

Los Angeles RIP Funds Programmed for 2018-2023
($s in thousands)

Agency/Project TOTAL FY19 FY20 FY21 FY22 FY23

HIGHWAY PROJECTS
LACMTA
SR 138 AB 3090 Replacement Project (18S-01)
19,750 0 0 19,750 0 0
Caltrans
SR 138 Segment 4,Widen 4-lanes, 72nd St E-77th St E
39,950 0 20,950 0 19,000 0
Caltrans
SR 138 Segment 13,Widen 4-lanes, 190th St E-Rt 18
71,000 0 0 4,000 0 67,000
Caltrans
SR 71, Rt 10-Mission Rd, HOV+mixed-flow
20,000 0 0 0 20,000 0
LACMTA
I-405/Crenshaw Blvd, ramp improvement
12,000 0 0 0 0 12,000
LACMTA
Planning, programming, and monitoring
16,623 2,309 2,308 4,002 4,002 4,002

Subtotal for Highway Projects

179,323

2,309

23,258

27,752

43,002

83,002

RAIL AND TRANSIT PROJECTS
LACMTA
Light rail vehicles (78 plus 39 w/option)
80,700 26,200 26,700 27,800 0 0
LACMTA
AB 3090 reimbursement (12S-015)
27,520 17,200 10,320 0 0 0
LACMTA
East San Fernando Valley North-South Transit (D/B)
202,139 0 0 34,630 0 167,509
LACMTA
Bus Acquisition #1, 305 standard buses
30,246 0 30,246 0 0 0
LACMTA
Bus Acquisition #2, 305 standard buses
17,096 0 0 0 0 17,096

Subtotal for Rail & Transit Projects

357,701

43,400

67,266

62,430

0

184,605

ADVANCE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT ELEMENT (APDE)
LONG BEACH
Rt 710 S.Early Action-replace Shoemaker Br
14,000 14,000 0 0 0 0
LACMTA
Rt 605/5 Interchange improvements
18,170 0 0 18,170 0 0
LACMTA
Rt 605/ Rt 91 WB, Shoemaker Ave-Rt 605 IC
22,000 22,000 0 0 0 0

Subtotal for APDE

54,170

36,000

0

18,170

0

0

TOTAL RIP PROGRAMMED THROUGH 2023

591,194

81,709

90,524

108,352

43,002

267,607