One Bay Area Grant (OBAG)

The OneBayArea Grant Program (OBAG) establishes program commitments and policies for investing roughly $800 million over the four-year Cycle 2 period (FY’s 2012-13 through 2015-16), funded through continuations of the current surface transportation legislation currently known as SAFETEA (the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act) or the new surface transportation authorization currently under congressional consideration.

The OneBayArea Grant Program is a new funding approach that better integrates the region’s federal transportation program with California’s climate law (Senate Bill 375, Steinberg, 2008) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy. Funding distribution to the counties will consider progress toward achieving local land-use and housing policies by:

  • Rewarding jurisdictions that accept housing allocations through the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) process and produce housing using transportation dollars as incentives.
  • Supporting the Sustainable Communities Strategy for the Bay Area by promoting transportation investments in Priority Development Areas (PDAs) and by initiating a pilot program that will support open space preservation in Priority Conservation Areas (PCA).
  • Providing a higher proportion of funding to local agencies and additional investment flexibility by eliminating required program investment targets. The OBAG program allows flexibility to invest in transportation categories such as Transportation for Livable Communities, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, local streets and roads preservation, and planning activities, while also providing specific funding opportunities for Safe Routes to School (SR2S) and Priority Conservation Areas
Napa One Bay Area Grant Program
NCTPA is implementing the OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) Program that was developed to support California’s climate law (Senate Bill 375, Steinberg, 2008), which requires a Sustainable Communities Strategy, an integrated land use and transportation plan that all metropolitan regions in California must complete under Senate Bill 375. OBAG is funded by the federal surface transportation act currently known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).

As part of this OBAG implementation, NCTPA is estimated to receive approximately $4.4 million to allocate throughout Napa County for local streets and roads, bicycle and pedestrian projects and transit oriented development. Per the OBAG requirements, NCTPA must spend 50 percent of the funds in priority development areas (PDAs). See the map of PDAs in Napa County.

Call for Projects!

In May 2011, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) by passing resolution 4035. On October 17th the NCTPA Board released a call for projects to program funding for the Regional Transportation Plan Cycle 2 funds for FY’s 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16.

Applications for funding must be prepared by eligible project sponsors and delivered to Eliot Hurwitz no later than 5:00 PM Friday, December 14th 2012.

Project sponsors must have a master agreement with Caltrans to receive federal transportation funding and must also meet all the minimum requirements as established in MTC's resolution 4035 and the NCTPA application instructions. If you do not meet these requirements you must partner with an agency that does. All projects are subject to an 11.47% local funding match requirement.

NCTPA is also accepting applications for Priority Conservation Area (Pilot Program) and programming Safe Routes to Schools (Non-infrastructure) program funds at the same time as OBAG. These funds are considered separate from OBAG and do not have to meet the same requirements.

Once a proposed project is selected for approval by the NCTPA board (tentatively March 2013) project sponsors will be subject to the regional project funding delivery policy established in MTC's resolution 3606.

Estimated funding by program category for the next 4 years:

Funding Amount
Surface Transportation Program (STP)$2,114,000
Congestion Mitigation/ Air Quality Program (CMAQ)$1,443,000
Transportation Alternatives (TA)$431,000
Safe Routes to School (SR2S)$420,000
Total $4,408,000


For more information or to provide comments

We would like to receive your input on the project selection process that we have outlined for OBAG as well as on the types of projects that you would like to see funded. We can also assist with sharing the information with potential project sponsors such as the Cities of Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga, Town of Yountville and the County of Napa.

A Public Workshop on One Bay Area Grant funding: Wednesday, November 28th at 6:00 PM.

Location: Napa Main Library Community Room, 580 Coombs Street, Napa, CA 94559

Call for Projects Schedule

October 17, 2012NCTPA Releases call for projects
October – December 2012Public Outreach /Advisory Committees
December 12, 2012Applications due to NCTPA
December 2012 – February 2013Advisory Committee Review /Approval
March 2013 (tentative)NCTPA Board Approve Projects
October 2013Funds Available