Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP)

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Amar Cid
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(916) 651-6114

Program Overview

The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) is one of several programs that are part of the Transit, Affordable Housing, and Sustainable Communities Program established by the California Legislature in 2014 by Senate Bill 862. For more information on the Transit, Affordable Housing, and Sustainable Communities Program (and associated programs) please visit www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov.  

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This site serves as a central hub for information about California Climate Investments.


The LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Approved projects in LCTOP will support new or expanded bus or rail services, expand intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For agencies whose service area includes disadvantaged communities, at least 50 percent of the total moneys received shall be expended on projects that will benefit disadvantaged communities. Senate Bill 862 continuously appropriates five percent of the annual auction proceeds in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (Fund) for LCTOP, beginning in 2015-16.


This program will be administered by Caltrans in coordination with Air Resource Board (ARB) and the State Controller’s Office (SCO). The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible to ensure that the statutory requirements of the program are met in terms of project eligibility, greenhouse reduction, disadvantaged community benefit, and other requirements of the law.


Click here to submit questions or comments regarding LCTOP


Announcements: LCTOP 2016-2017 Tenative Schedule

    Caltrans posts Updated LCTOP Guidelines FY 2016-17
    December 23, 2016
    SCO notifies transit agencies of share of available funds for FY
    January 30, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at MTC-San Francisco
    February 7, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at SLO
    February 8, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at FRESNO
    February 9, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at REDDING
    February 14, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at SACRAMENTO-Caltrans HQ
    February 16, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at San Bernardino
    February 22, 2017
    LCTOP Allocation Workshop at Santa Monica
    February 23, 2017
    Allocation Requests Due Date-(Electronic Copy and Hardcopy)
    March 30, 2017
    Caltrans and ARB approve list of projects and submit to SCO
    June 1, 2017
    SCO releases approved project amounts to recipients
    June 30, 2017
    Reporting Schedule:
    Semi-Annual Report due to Caltrans (on data October 1 - March 31)
    May 15th
    Semi-annual Report due to Caltrans (on data April 1 - September 30)
    November 15th

LCTOP FY 16-17 Allocation Request Workshop Announcement


LCTOP FY 16-17 Allocation Request Workshop Packet New!

LCTOP ARCHIVE PAGE New!

Statewide Alerts and Other Information

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Contact Information

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
DRMT Fax (Mass Trans) 916-654-9366
Amtrak 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)

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