Lifeline Transportation Program

The Lifeline Transportation Program is intended to support transportation projects that address mobility and accessibility needs in low-income communities throughout the region. The program was created by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for the nine-county Bay Area. Historically, MTC has funded the program with a combination of federal and state operating and capital funding sources, including the Federal Transit Administration’s Section 5307/Job Access and Reverse Commute Program, and State Proposition 1B Transit Capital and State Transit Assistance programs. Alameda CTC administers the Lifeline Transportation Program within Alameda County.

Cycle 5 Call for Projects

Applications for the Cycle 5 Lifeline Transportation Program were due March 23, 2018.  MTC funded Cycle 5 with a combination of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and State Transit Assistance (STA) sources which can fund both operations and capital projects. Both sources require a local match. Based on MTC’s Cycle 5 fund estimate, a total of approximately $4.8 million is available for Alameda County for use in fiscal years 2018-19 and/or 2019-20.

Eligible projects meet the goals of the Lifeline Transportation Program and meet the eligibility requirements of at least one of the available funding sources. Eligible applicants/direct funding recipients are limited to transit agencies, but an eligible transit agency may sponsor and apply for funding on behalf of an eligible sub-recipient, including cities and nonprofit organizations.


Project-specific Resolution of Local Support (Due May 25, 2018)


Staff contact:

Jacki Taylor