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Cycle 3 Lifeline Transportation Program

Notice of Call for Projects - NOW CLOSED

Third Cycle Lifeline Transportation Program

Transit operator requests for Proposition 1B funds were due by 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 17, 2012

Applications for STA, JARC, or STP funds were due by 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012

In 2012, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) released a call for projects for the Third Cycle (Cycle 3) Lifeline Transportation Program. The Lifeline Transportation Program is intended to fund projects that result in improved mobility for low-income residents. The Lifeline Program supports community-based transportation projects that are developed through a collaborative and inclusive planning process, improve a range of transportation choices, address transportation gaps and/or barriers identified in Community-based Transportation Plans (CBTPs) or other substantive local planning efforts involving outreach to low-income populations.

The Cycle 3 Lifeline Program is funded with a mix of federal Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) and Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds, State Transit Assistance (STA), and State Proposition 1B Transit funds. The JARC, STA and STP funds are available on a discretionary (competitive) basis to capital and operations projects, while MTC is distributing the Proposition 1B Transit (capital) funds by formula to eligible transit operators. Based on the Cycle 3 fund estimate, a total of approximately $9.5 million (total STA, JARC, and STP) is anticipated to be available for Alameda County projects over the three year funding cycle.

In order for proposed projects to be eligible for Lifeline funding, projects must meet the Lifeline program goals and also meet the eligibility requirements of at least one of the available funding sources. Priority project locations in Alameda County are those that have concentrations of low income populations, with at least 30% of the households living below 200% of the federal poverty level. Alameda County has completed five CBTPs which identify the transportation needs of these low-income areas. The CBTP areas include: South Hayward; Ashland and Cherryland areas of unincorporated Alameda County; South and West Berkeley; West, East and Central Oakland; and portions of Alameda. Projects in other areas of Alameda County that demonstrate that they meet the program requirements and goals may also be eligible.

The Alameda CTC hosted an application workshop at 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 15th at 1333 Broadway, Suite 220, Oakland, California. The application material is posted below. Please contact Jacki Taylor,, or 510-208-7413, with questions.

Lifeline Third Cycle Call for Projects Notice

Application Instructions

Civil Rights Information Guidance

Application Form (for JARC, STA, and STP funding

Attachments 2, 3a, 3b, and 4 forms

MTC Third Cycle Lifeline Transportation Program Guidance

Proposition 1B Application Form-for Transit Operators only (See Table C of the MTC Guidance for distribution formula)

FAQs from Lifeline application workshop