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Metro Active Transport (MAT) Program

Measure M establishes a Metro Active Transport, Transit and First/Last Mile (MAT) Program, which over the course of 40 years, is anticipated to fund more than $857 million (in 2015 dollars) in active transportation infrastructure projects throughout the region. The Program will fund projects to improve and grow the active transportation network and expand the reach of transit.

The Active Transportation Strategic Plan and Equity Platform Framework are the core policies shaping the program. Projects will be funded based on need, with priorities established using a variety of data, such as socio-economic factors, safety for active mode users, health and existing conditions of physical infrastructure for active modes. The Program will operate in two to five year cycles, with the Cycle 1 Solicitation being issued in calendar year 2019.

For more details on the administration of the Program, please review the Administrative Procedures .

The purpose of the MAT Program is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, and enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety. The first cycle of the MAT Program will follow the process described in the MAT Program Administrative Procedures and further delineated in the Cycle 1 Solicitation (Draft).

Goals :

  • Advancing key Metro policies: Active Transportation Strategic Plan (ATSP), First/Last Mile (FLM) policy and the Equity Platform Framework;
  • Initiating implementation of ATSP-identified first/last mile projects and active transportation corridors;
  • Jump-starting action and building momentum for future efforts; creating visible, tangible results; and setting the ground work for implementation at the broad scale envisioned by ATSP;
  • Encouraging, testing and refining project partnerships, and innovative delivery approaches; and
  • Targeting investments in high need areas.

Two Programmatic Categories :

  • First/Last Mile Priority Network around major transit stations
  • Active Transportation Corridor Priority Network countywide

Funding Years : Fiscal Years 2021-2025

Total Available Funds :

  • Approx. $37.5 million for First/Last Mile Priority Network
  • Approx. $37.5 million for Active Transportation Corridor Priority Network

Possible Award Amount:

  • $500K to $5 million for each First/Last Mile Priority Network project
  • $7 million to $8 million for each Active Transportation Corridor Priority Network project

The Measure M Ordinance, Guidelines and Administrative Procedures , as well as the specific MAT Program Administrative Procedures apply to this program, establishing definitions, eligible activities, and process.

The draft Cycle 1 solicitation is available for download . For more detail on the Program and the Cycle 1 solicitation, please review information housed under the Sponsor Resources section.

For Cycle 1, Metro will fund projects identified on the following prioritized lists:

  • First/Last Mile Prioritized Project List
  • Active Transportation Corridor Prioritized Project List

First/Last Mile locations and Active Transportation Corridor projects eligible for Cycle 1 funding were identified using a screening and prioritization criteria that took into account equity, safety, and mobility/connectivity factors. The screening and prioritization methodologies are described in more detail here.

MAT Program Administrative Procedures

MAT Cycle 1 Solicitation (Draft)

Measure M Ordinance

Measure M Guidelines and Administrative Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Metro’s Measure M Active Transport Program?

The MAT Program awards funding to active transport projects throughout Los Angeles County. Projects are expected to improve and grow the active transportation network and expand the reach of transit, while increasing travel options as described in Metro’s Active Transportation Strategic Plan .

2. Who is eligible to receive funding from this program?

Cities, the County of Los Angeles, Caltrans, and transit agencies are eligible to receive funding through this program. Other transportation-related public joint powers authorities (JPAs) must be sponsored by one of the aforementioned public agencies.

3. What types of projects are eligible for funding?

Active transportation projects. As defined in the Measure M Ordinance, Active Transportation consists of “non-motorized transportation via walking, bicycling, or rolling modes.” Eligible projects are comprised of capital expenditures that achieve these program goals.

Any project funded through the MAT program will deliver core active transportation infrastructure, such as: sidewalks, crosswalks, bicycle lanes/paths, pedestrian/bike signal improvements, lighting, and transit amenities. Projects that provide active transportation infrastructure, but for which the primary purpose is an unrelated benefit (e.g. utility relocation) are considered ineligible. Other eligible project components may include: shade structures, landscaping, signage, and other improvements that support the aid and comfort of active transportation users. Each program cycle may establish further requirements or limitations regarding permissible project component expenditures.

For more detail on eligible project expenditures and limitations, please review the Cycle 1 solicitation in full when available.

4. Which project phases are eligible?

Projects selected through the MAT program may be funded for work preceding the environmental phase, but such expenditures are limited to .5% of overall program funding within each cycle. Projects receiving funding from the MAT program need not be funded by the MAT program for all phases (e.g. may use MAT funds for design/environmental phases and seek other funds for construction). Project readiness provisions established in adopted Measure M Guidelines apply (pages 14, 26, and 28).

5. Is there a local match requirement?

Metro does not require a funding match for Cycle 1. Project support will be required from all jurisdictions for any project in the form of an in-kind match of staff time. For FLM projects, Metro encourages the leveraging of additional funds for a project by considering leveraging in the evaluation criteria.

6. How do we apply for funding?

Jurisdictions identified in the Cycle 1 prioritized FLM and Active Transportation Corridors lists will be contacted and invited to apply for funding via a Letter of Interest. For more detail on the elements of the Letter of Interest, please review the Cycle 1 solicitation when available.