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, 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. For Cycle 1, Metro will fund projects identified on the following prioritized lists:
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.
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 were contacted and invited to apply for funding via a Letter of Interest. The Cycle 1 Solicitation was released on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 and the deadline to apply was Thursday, April 30, 2020.
No, Metro intends to fund a variety of jurisdictions and geographies, but will not impose a specific cap on the number of awards.
Prior planning is not required at the time of letter of interest submittal. However, all proposed projects will be evaluated for their demonstrated readiness to begin the work and ability to complete the project. Metro requests applicants describe the stakeholders, potential partners, and impediments to project delivery. Impediments could include failure to provide evidence of necessary inter- and/or intra-agency coordination, issues with community support, anticipated issues with securing approvals for work relating to the right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation, or any pending or threatened litigation.
Yes, however projects shall not use more than 10% of the MAT-funded project construction costs for right-of-way acquisition.
For First/Last Mile, the maximum award for any single project is $5,000,000. However, there are also three project size categories:
- Small: $500,000 - $1,000,000
- Medium: $1,000,001 - $3,000,000
- Large: $3,000,001- $5,000,00
For Active Transportation Corridors, the maximum fund limit for each project is $8,000,000. Active transportation corridor projects with funding needs exceeding MAT funding limits are expected to compete for additional funding for future phases of work from a variety of sources.
For First/Last Mile, applicants may submit proposals that contemplate a package of improvements for adjacent stations so long as all stations are among the eligible project locations from the list of 138 station/stop locations.
For Active Transportation Corridors, applicants may propose a modified version of a corridor from the ranked list. If a modified version of a prioritized corridor is proposed, the project must meet the following two conditions: 1) a portion of the project must be within the ½ mile buffer of a prioritized corridor, and 2) any locations segments outside the ½ mile buffer can be included in the project but all segments must cumulatively be 3 miles in length.
Depending on the specifics of each project, Metro may take on a variety of roles for awarded projects. After selecting projects, but prior to executing agreements, Metro will work with award sponsors to determine roles and responsibilities to implement each awarded project.
Project sponsors are required to submit a quarterly progress report and a quarterly expenditure report. Both reports are required to be submitted within 60 days after the close of each quarter on the last day of the months of November, February, May, and August. Annually with the 4th quarter Progress Report, project sponsors also will submit photos of key components and milestones demonstrating project progress or completion.
Projects will be selected according to their total score consisting of up to 30 points based on the Metro-established needs-based ranking (refer to the Screening and Prioritization Methodology for project list, point allocation, and methodology) and up to 70 points through qualitative review based on the evaluation criteria.
For Active Transportation Corridors, see evaluation criteria as described on pages 8-9 of the Cycle 1 solicitation.
For First/Last Mile Projects, see evaluation criteria as described on pages 13–14 of the Cycle 1 solicitation.