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State Transportation Infrastructure Bond – Proposition 1B

Proposition 1B Bond Payment Suspended

January 2009


Proposition 1B – Transit System Safety, Security & Disaster Response Account

On January 14, 2009 the Programming and Allocations Committee referred to the Commission for approval the FY 2008-09 population-based projects for the Proposition 1B Transit System Safety, Security and Disaster Response Account. The amount allocated to this program of population-based projects totals roughly $5.8 million for the Bay Area. For more information, a link to the project list and corresponding MTC resolution is provided in the box at right: “FY 2008-09 Program Referred for Approval.”

Proposition 1B includes $1 Billion for capital projects that provide increased protection against a security and safety threat, and for capital expenditures to increase the capacity of transit operators, including waterborne transit operators, to develop disaster response transportation systems that can move people, goods, and emergency personnel and equipment in the aftermath of a disaster impairing the mobility of goods, people, and equipment.

Transit agencies eligible to receive funding from this bond category are divided into three groups. Sixty percent of the funding goes to transit operators pursuant to Sections 99313 and 99314 of the Public Utilities Code. Twenty-five percent of available funds shall be allocated for capital expenditures to regional public waterborne transit agencies. Fifteen percent of available funds shall be made available for capital expenditures to the intercity passenger rail system.


Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF)

UPDATE:

On April 10, 2008, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved a $3 billion program of projects for the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF). The slate of highway, rail and seaport improvements approved for funding included $825 million for 14 projects in Northern California. Six of the 14 Northern California goods-movement projects approved by the CTC are in the Bay Area. These include improvements at the Port of Oakland, relocation of the Interstate 80 Cordelia truck scales and the addition of an eastbound truck-climbing lane on Interstate 580 over the Altamont Pass. (A complete list of TCIF projects is available on the CTC Web site at: www.catc.ca.gov.)

Background

Proposition 1B directed $2.0 billion of the state's roughly $20 billion bond toward goods movement infrastructure improvements. The CTC and Caltrans also approved adding approximately $500 million from the State Highway Account to fund state-level priorities that are critical to goods movement, bringing the total funding available to $2.5 billion. In addition, the CTC will program roughly 20% more than currently available funding, assuming future new revenue and changes in project delivery.

Unlike other transportation programs, the TCIF legislation included no mandated funding allocation between Southern and Northern California. In order to compete effectively with Southern California, MTC partnered with the Central Valley and Sacramento regions to develop a comprehensive Northern California trade strategy and program. The following programming ranges were approved by the CTC in December, 2007.

Low

High

Los Angeles/Inland Empire

$1,500

$1,700

Bay Area/Central Valley

$640

$840

San Diego/border

$250

$400

Other corridors

$60

$80

Administrative fees (Department of Finance)

$40

$40

Total

$2,490

$3,060

There are two high-priority interregional goods movement corridors serving the Bay Area: 1) Interstate 80 — known as the Central Corridor; and 2) Interstate 880/238/580 — known as the Altamont Corridor. Investment in these corridors ensures the future viability and growth of the Port of Oakland as a trade gateway for both imports and exports, and strengthens the economic interconnections of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valley regions with the Bay Area. MTC and its partners focused their efforts on developing a comprehensive program of rail and highway projects along these corridors.

For more information on the goods movement element of Proposition 1B, contact Carolyn Clevenger by telephone at 510.817.5736 or by email at cclevenger@mtc.ca.gov.


Proposition 1B Transit

Update - MTC submits Proposition 1B Transit Allocation Requests Totaling $51 Million

On December 19, 2007, the Commission adopted Resolution 3834, a list of capital projects totaling $51 million. The list was submitted to Caltrans for consideration in the first round of allocations, slated for February 2008. The list is based on the Proposition 1B - Regional Transit Program, adopted by the Commission in June 2007.

MTC Regional Transit Program
Adopted June 27, 2007

On June 27th, the Commission adopted the MTC Proposition 1B Regional Transit Program.

The program combines the $347 million in Proposition 1B funds with uncommitted state transit funding for a $419 million total investment package. The program expands MTC's Lifeline commitment to low income communities, invests in transit projects in the region's urban core, and provides funding for ridership growth on smaller transit systems.

Proposition 1B directed $3.6 billion of the state's roughly $20 billion bond toward transit improvements, including about $1.3 billion for projects in the Bay Area.

Within this $1.3 billion, roughly $1 billion is distributed directly to the transit operators, and about $347 million is anticipated to come directly to MTC through statutorily defined formulas. On March 7, 2007, MTC released a draft proposal outlining the $347 million investment and received input from partner agencies and the public. Taking into consideration comments received, a revised proposal was released at the May 9, 2007 Programming and Allocations Committee meeting.

Written comments were due to MTC by May 1, 2007 for consideration by the Programming and Allocations Committee (PAC). In addition, oral comments were taken at the PAC meeting on May 9, 2007. At its May 23rd meeting, the Commission approved a motion to continue this item to the June 27th meeting to provide more time to resolve the Caltrain Right-of-Way issue and consider the BART Board match proposal for the East Contra Costa and Warm Springs BART extension projects. The adopted program includes funding for the BART projects and a settlement to the Caltrain Right-of-Way issue.

For more information on the transit element of Proposition 1B, contact Anne Richman by telephone at 510.817.5722 or by email at arichman@mtc.ca.gov.


Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA)

Update

The California Transportation Commission on February 28, 2007, adopted the $4.5 billion Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA) program, the first commitment of funds from the $19.9 billion transportation infrastructure bond approved by California voters as Proposition 1B in November 2006. The statewide CMIA program includes nearly $1.3 billion in Bay Area projects, plus an additional commitment of $405 million through the State Highway Operations and Protection Program (SHOPP) for replacement of Doyle Drive in San Francisco. This brings the total amount programmed for Bay Area transportation projects to roughly $1.7 billion.

Background

On January 10, 2007, MTC adopted a $2.0 billion program of Bay Area congestion improvement projects for possible funding through the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA).

Supporting congestion relief, the package of investments strongly emphasizes the completion of carpool lanes — both projects that close gaps in the existing carpool network and projects that would extend the network. Corridors slated for carpool lanes are Routes 4 and Interstate 680 through Contra Costa County; Interstate 580 through the Livermore Valley in Alameda County; Interstate 880 through Santa Clara County; and U.S. 101 through Marin and Sonoma counties. In some corridors, such as the Interstate 80 corridor leading to the Bay Bridge and the 101 corridor through Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, where land and capacity is constrained, congestion reduction strategies involve auxiliary lanes and/or system management techniques like improved incident detection, motorist information, and ramp metering.

The proposal also aims to improve safety and connectivity. For example, the proposal supports eliminating a discontinuity in the system between Alameda and Contra Costa counties by constructing a fourth bore through the Caldecott Tunnel. Additionally, the proposal includes improvements to an east-west connector between Solano and Napa counties, State Route 12. Finally, the proposal supports significant investment to replace the south access to the Golden Gate Bridge, Doyle Drive, to improve safety on this structurally and seismically deficient bridge approach.

For more information on the CMIA program, contact Albert Yee by telephone at 510.817.5770 or by email at ayee@mtc.ca.gov or Alix Bockelman by telephone at 510.817.5850 or by email at abockelman@mtc.ca.gov.