Frequently Asked Questions
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 .
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.