Transportation Fund for Clean Air Call for Projects | FY 2019/20


The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is pleased to announce a call for projects for $733,414 in TFCA County Program Manager Fund programming for the Fiscal Year 2019/20 cycle. Applications should be emailed to by 5 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019.


The Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program (TFCA) was established to fund transportation projects that cost effectively improve air quality by reducing emissions from motor vehicles. Funds are generated from a $4 vehicle registration fee in the nine-county Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District). Forty percent of the revenues collected are available to each county on a return-to-source basis. The Transportation Authority is the designated TFCA County Program Manager for San Francisco. The remaining sixty percent of the revenues, referred to as the Regional Fund, is administered by the Air District through a separate process.



Consistent with the legislation governing the TFCA program and the Air District's adopted policies for the Fiscal Year 2019/20 TFCA County Program Manager Fund, we will accept applications for the types of projects listed below:

  • Bicycle Projects
  • Smart Growth/Traffic Calming
  • Ridesharing Services
  • Bike Share
  • Shuttle/Feeder Bus Service
  • Arterial Management
  • Alternative Fuel Light-Duty Vehicles
  • Alternative Fuel Heavy-Duty Vehicles and Buses
  • Alternative Fuel Infrastructure

All projects must meet Air District cost effectiveness and eligibility requirements or have a policy waiver pre-approved by the Transportation Authority and Air District staff before funds are programmed to the project.


Public agencies are eligible to apply for all project categories. Non-public entities may only be awarded TFCA grants for certain clean air vehicle projects (new alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure projects and some advanced technology demonstrations) but they may partner with public agencies for other project types.


Projects are selected based on the Transportation Authority's local prioritization criteria for the expenditure of TFCA funds, which were adopted by the Transportation Authority Board on February 26, 2019. The intent of the criteria is to maximize the air quality benefits to San Francisco while allowing room to test a variety of new and innovative strategies for achieving motor vehicle emission reductions. 

As in prior years, the Transportation Authority’s Local Expenditure Criteria include project type, cost effectiveness of emissions reduced, project readiness (e.g. ability to meet TFCA timely-use-of-funds), project delivery track record (including implementing, monitoring and reporting for prior TFCA projects), and program diversity.

This year, we have added three new criteria:

  • Community Support – Priority will be given to projects with demonstrated community support (e.g. recommended in a community-based transportation plan, outreach conducted to identify locations and/or interested neighborhoods, or a letter of recommendation provided by the district Supervisor).
  • Benefits Communities of Concern – Priority will be given to projects that directly benefit Communities of Concern, whether the project is directly located in a Community of Concern (see Attachment 4 for map) or can demonstrate benefits to disadvantaged populations.
  • Investment from Non-Public Project Sponsors or Partners – Non-public entities may apply for and directly receive TFCA grants for alternative-fuel vehicle and infrastructure projects and may partner with public agency applicants for any other project type. For projects where a non-public entity is the applicant or partner, priority will be given to projects that include an investment from the non-public entity that is commensurate with the TFCA funds requested.


Each project application must include a completed Project Information Form and the Cost Effectiveness Worksheet appropriate for the subject project.

Project Information Form

Please note that San Francisco's TFCA Project Information Form requires some project scope, schedule, budget, and funding details that are not referenced in the Air District's Program Guidance document.

Cost Effectiveness Worksheets

Please submit applications to


Please contact Mike Pickford, Senior Transportation Planner, at 415-522-4822 or via email, if you have any questions.