Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP)

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Ezequiel Castro
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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

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Program Goals

The goal of this program to provide at least 25 percent of available funding to projects that provide a direct, meaningful, and assured benefit to disadvantaged communities, consistent with the objectives of Senate Bill 535, and address a community need.

It is the intent of the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) to adopt an initial multi-year program of projects covering a minimum of two years of estimated funding. The California Department of Transportation, in collaboration with CalSTA, will be responsible for administering this program.

2016 TIRCP Award List New!

2016 TIRCP Detailed Project Award Summary New!

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.

Notable Dates

    CalSTA posts and sends draft guidelines to Legislature
    December 18, 2015
    Workshop regarding draft guidelines, Southern California
    January 19, 2016
    Workshop regarding draft guidelines, Northern California
    January 20, 2016
    CalSTA presents draft guidelines to California Transportation Commission
    January 21, 2016
    Last day to submit comments on the draft guidelines
    January 22, 2016
    CalSTA publishes final program guidelines
    February 4, 2016
    Call for projects
    February 5, 2016
    Pre-application Meetings
    February 22-26, 2016
    Project applications due to Caltrans
    April 5, 2016
    CalSTA publishes list of approved projects
    August 16, 2016
    Present project list to California Transportation Commission
    October 19, 2016



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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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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