Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

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Michael Whiteside
Acting Program Manager
(916) 654-6538

TIRCP Comments

Program Overview

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) was created by Senate Bill (SB) 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 to fund transformative capital improvements that will modernize California’s intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems, and bus and ferry transit systems to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by reducing congestion and vehicle miles traveled throughout California.  The goal of the TIRCP is to provide monies to fund transformative capital improvements that modernize California’s intercity rail, bus, ferry and rail transit systems to achieve the following objectives:

  • Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Expand and improve rail service to increase ridership;
  • Integrate the rail service of the state’s various rail operations, including integration with the high-speed rail system; and
  • Improve safety

The California Department of Transportation, in collaboration with CalSTA, will be responsible for administering this program

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Items of Interest and Notable Dates

2018 TIRCP Award List  New!

2018 TIRCP Detailed Project Award Summary  New!

California State Transportation Agency Call for Projects for the 2018 Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program

Transit and Rail Workshop for Guidelines Development for programs funded by Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 862:

    Kick-off Workshop, Southern California
    Kick-Off Workshop, Northern California
    Distribute discussion draft guidelines
    Aug. 4, 2017
    Present discussion draft guidelines to California Transportation Commission (CTC)
    Aug. 17, 2017
    Informal workshop, Southern California
    Informal workshop, Northern California
    Post & send final draft guidelines to Legislature
    Aug. 29, 2017
    Workshop, Southern California
    Workshop, Northern California
    Final comments on guidelines due to CalSTA
    Oct. 5, 2017
    CalSTA publishes final program guidelines
    Call for projects
    Optional meetings to discuss project quantifications w/ CalSTA staff
    Nov. 6-14 2017
    Project applications due to Caltrans
    Jan. 12, 2018
    CalSTA publishes summary of applications
    CalSTA anticipates publishing list of approved projects
    Apr. 30, 2018
    Anticipated presentation of project list to CTC (at regular meeting)
    May 2018

Other Items of Interest:

2016 Recipients

On August 16, 2016, CalSTA announced 14 recipients for the 2016 Transit and Intercity Capital Program (TIRCP) grants.  This group of projects advances Governor Brown Administration’s focus on reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions while advancing the state’s public transportation system. This year’s awards total $390 million in competitive grants made possible through the state’s Cap and Trade auction proceeds.

2016 TIRCP Award List

2016 TIRCP Detailed Project Award Summary

2016 TIRCP Guidelines


The local agencies must submit a letter of allocation request along with a project description, overall funding plan, financial plan, project schedule, and must meet the California Transportation Commission's (Commission) environmental clearance requirement. Caltrans and CalSTA will review the request, prepare appropriate agreements with the agency, and recommend the request to the Commission for action. The typical time required, after receipt of the allocation request, to complete Caltrans review, and provide a recommendation and Commission allocation is 60 days.

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Physical Address:

Department of Transportation
Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
1120 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Mailing Address:

Please choose one of the following:

(Concerning Rail Ops Support and Equipment)

Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
MS 74
P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

(Concerning State and Federal Transit Programs)

Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
MS 39
P. O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

General Information:

DRMT Phone 916-654-8811
DRMT Fax (Rail) 916-653-4565
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