Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program


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 (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. There have been five cycles of TIRCP funding, in which the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) has awarded $6.6 billion in funding to nearly 100 projects throughout the state. The legislation of these bills is established in Sections 75220 through 75225 of the Public Resources Code (PRC). Assembly Bill 398 (Chapter 135) extended the Cap-and-Trade Program that supports the TIRCP from 2020 through 2030. SB 1 (Chapter 5) continues to provide a historic funding increase for transportation with funds directed to the TIRCP from the Public Transportation Account for new programming.


The TIRCP was created to fund transformative capital improvements that modernize California’s intercity rail, bus (including feeder buses to intercity rail services, as well as vanpool services that are eligible to report as public transit to the Federal Transit Administration), ferry, and rail transit systems (collectively referred to as transit services or systems inclusive of all aforementioned modes unless otherwise specified) to achieve all of the following policy objectives, as established in Section 75220(a) of the PRC:

  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
  4. Improve transit safety

Additionally, Section 75221(c) of the PRC establishes a programmatic goal to provide at least 25 percent of available funding to projects that provide a direct, meaningful, and assured benefit to disadvantaged communities.

For information on the Transit, Affordable Housing, and Sustainable Communities Program (and associated programs generated by SB 862) please visit

2022 Programming Cycle

The 2022 TIRCP grant cycle funds projects starting with the 202223 fiscal year and ending with the 202627 fiscal year.The new program cycle includes previously awarded and active Cycle 3 and 4 projects that have not been fully allocated by the end of the 2021-22 fiscal year, and projects selected with the 2022 planning cycle. 

2022 TIRCP Schedule

Item Date

Discussion Draft Workshop (YouTube link)

Discussion Draft Guidelines (PDF)

Discussion Draft Workshop Presentation (PDF)


August 12, 2021

Release Draft 2022 Cycle 5 Guidelines
Formal Guidelines (PDF)
Formal and Discussion Draft Comparison Document (PDF)
September 30, 2021 

Guidelines Workshops (virtual)
Workshop 1 - large applicants (YouTube link)
Workshop 2 - rural and small applicants (YouTube link)

November 2, 2021
November 3, 2021
Closing Date for Comments on Draft Guidelines November 10, 2021

CalSTA Publishes 2022 Cycle 5 Guidelines
Final Guidelines (PDF)
Draft and Final Comparison Document (PDF)

November 19, 2021

Call for Projects (PDF)            

November 19, 2021

Optional, time-limited, focused meetings for applicants to discuss project concepts and quantifications*
Second round of optional, time-limited, focused meetings*
*Scheduled by request; may be in person in various locations, or virtual

Cycle 5 Common Themes (PDF)

December 9-15, 2021
January 20-26, 2022

Project Applications Due

TIRCP Cycle 5 Applications Received (PDF)

March 3, 2022

CalSTA Award Announcement


June 2022
CalSTA Award Announcement
2022 TIRCP Award List (PDF)
2022 TIRCP Detailed Project Award Summary (PDF)
July 7, 2022 
Dates are subject to change.

Reference Material, Cycles 1-5

TIRCP Program Administration

The Secretary of the Transportation Agency has delegated the authority for the administration of TIRCP to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation (DRMT) is administering the program pursuant to the TIRCP Guidelines and all applicable policies and procedures for program administration. Project administration information can be found at the Caltrans Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) webpage: