Environment, Transportation
State or Federal?
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants must be public agencies, including joint powers agencies, that operate or have planning responsibility for existing or planned regularly scheduled intercity or commuter passenger rail service (and associated feeder bus service to intercity rail services), urban rail transit service, or bus or ferry transit service (including commuter bus services and vanpool services). Public agencies include construction authorities, transportation authorities, and other similar public entities created by statute.

Eligible applicants may submit project applications individually or as part of a joint application. In order to be eligible for funding under this program, a project must demonstrate that it will achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions using the CARB quantification methodology.
The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) was created by Senate Bill 862 (Chapter 36, Statutes of 2014) and modified by Senate Bill 9 (Chapter 710, Statutes of 2015) to provide grants from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to fund transformative capital improvements that will modernize California’s intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems, and bus and ferry transit systems, to significantly reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, vehicle miles traveled, and congestion. Capital improvements projects should achieve all of the following objectives:

1. Reduce emissions of greenhouse gases;
2. Expand and improve transit service to increase ridership;
3. Integrate the rail service of the state's various rail operations, including integration with the high-speed rail system; and
4. Improve transit safety.

Eligible projects include but are not limited to:

1. Rail capital projects, including the acquisition of rail cars and locomotives, and the facilities to support them, that expand, enhance, or improve existing rail systems and connectivity to existing and future transit systems, including the high‐speed rail system.

2. Intercity, commuter, and urban rail projects that increase service levels, improve reliability, or decrease travel times. These projects may include infrastructure access payments to host railroads in lieu of capital investments, efforts to improve existing rail service effectiveness with a focus on improved operating agreements, schedules, and minor capital investments that are expected to generate increased ridership, as well as larger scale projects designed to achieve significantly larger benefits.

3. Rail, bus, and ferry integration implementation, including: integrated ticketing and scheduling systems and related capital investments (including integration with bus or ferry operators); projects enabling or enhancing shared‐use corridors without increasing net air pollution (both multi‐operator passenger only corridors as well as passenger‐freight corridors); related planning efforts focused on, but not limited to, delivery of integrated service not requiring major capital investment; and other service integration initiatives.

4. Bus rapid transit and other bus and ferry transit investments (including vanpool services operated as public transit) to increase ridership and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including capital investments, as a component implementing transit effectiveness studies, that will contribute to restructured and enhanced service.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Recordings of the Transit and Rail Workshop for Guideline Development webinars and presentation materials are available at:

Optional meetings to discuss project concepts and quantification with CalSTA and Caltrans Staff will be held from November 6-14, 2017.

Oakland - November 6, 2016 (primary day); November 13, 2017 (overflow day, if needed)
Los Angeles - November 8-9, 2017
Sacramento - November 14, 2017

Meeting requests should be submitted to no later than October 27, 2017. Only eligible agencies may request a pre-application meeting.
Match Required?
Match Notes
While there is no minimum match requirement for this funding source, funding leverage is desirable and will be considered in the evaluation of expected project benefits. In particular, emphasis will be placed on projects that leverage funding from other greenhouse gas reduction programs, leveraging of funding from SB1 sources (including formula program sources), or the leveraging of funding from other federal, state, local or regional sources (including potential local transportation funding measures, as further detailed in Section 11), with consideration of those sources that are discretionary compared to those that are non‐discretionary.
California State Transportation Agency
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
In total, approximately $2.4 billion is expected to be available for project awards during this five year-program (FY2018-2019 - FY 2022-23).

There is no specified maximum project size. Agencies may submit multiple applications, and the submitted projects, including any separable components, must be clearly ranked by the applicant based on agency priority.

Applicants are encouraged to identify separate project components that could provide benefits on a stand-alone basis, in order to give CalSTA flexibility in selecting projects or project components. Applicants submitting a high-dollar, single application with no scalability or separable project elements may increase the risk of having an uncompetitive project application; therefore, applicants are advised to submit projects that are scalable and separable.
Further Information
For further information regarding this solicitation, please contact the program electronically at:

Questions on the solicitation should be submitted no later than December 11, 2017. Questions will be considered for response in a Frequently Asked Questions section of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program website located at:
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