Session 34: Rec Trails California (Haynes)-PWPB


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The Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Enhancement Activities and Recreational Trails Program
provide funds to the States to develop transportation and recreation infrastructure for walking and bicycling, connecting communities and promoting active living. Attendees will learn how to apply for funds: what works,
what doesn’t.

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Session 34: Rec Trails California (Haynes)-PWPB

  1. 1. California Department of Transportation Transportation Enhancement (TE) Program
  2. 2. TE is programmed in the STIP Statewide Transportation Improvement Program
  3. 3. STIP is a five year program with a two year funding cycle <ul><li>New STIP is adopted in even years </li></ul><ul><li>New funding is for the last two years of the five year program </li></ul><ul><li>Projects for the 2010 STIP get construction funding in 2013/14 and 2014/15 </li></ul>
  4. 4. ITIP (Interregional Transportation Improvement Program) STIP = RTIP (Regional Transportation Improvement Program) <ul><li>State’s share is ITIP (Interregional) </li></ul><ul><li>Local’s share is RTIP (Regional) </li></ul><ul><li>STIP funds are split 25% State, 75% Local </li></ul>
  5. 5. A TE project cannot be programmed prior to an eligibility determination <ul><li>Caltrans HQ Local Assistance TE Coordinator determines all project eligibility </li></ul><ul><li>Only FHWA can override an eligibility determination </li></ul><ul><li>States’ eligibility can be more restrictive </li></ul>
  6. 6. TE Funding <ul><li>California gets about $75 million per year or $150 million per STIP cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Local agencies receive about $112.5 million per STIP cycle </li></ul><ul><li>Caltrans gets about $37.5 per cycle </li></ul>
  7. 8. Regional TE Programming <ul><li>STIP Fund Estimate determines each MPO and Counties share </li></ul><ul><li>Counties have the option to not program TE </li></ul><ul><li>TE funds are programmed either as an identified project, or as a lump sum reserve </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Local agencies determine which TE categories they will fund </li></ul><ul><li>Each sets up their own selection criteria, schedule and process </li></ul><ul><li>Some agencies require a local match – most use the state match </li></ul>
  9. 10. 2010 STIP Fund Estimate
  10. 11. State (ITIP) TE Programming <ul><li>Call for applications summer of odd years </li></ul><ul><li>Applications due September of odd years </li></ul><ul><li>5 Member evaluation/selection committee </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2 Transportation Programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Local Assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1 Planning </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. 12 TRANSPORTATION ENHANCEMENTS <ul><li>TE projects must be one of 12 eligible activities and must relate to surface transportation . </li></ul><ul><li>1. Pedestrian and bicycle facilities — Sidewalks, walkways or curb ramps; bike lane striping, wide paved shoulders, bike parking and bus racks; off-road trails; bike and pedestrian bridges and underpasses. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Pedestrian and bicycle safety and educational activities —Campaigns promoting safety awareness; safety training activities and classes; training materials. 3. Acquisition of scenic or historic easements and sites —Acquisition of scenic lands or easements; purchase of historic properties or buildings in historic districts, including historic battlefields. </li></ul><ul><li>► 4. Scenic or historic  highway programs including tourist and welcome centers —Construction of turnouts and overlooks; visitor centers and viewing areas; designation signs and markers. </li></ul><ul><li>► 5. Landscaping and scenic beautification —Improvements such as street furniture, lighting, public art and landscaping along travel corridors.  6. Historic preservation — Preservation of buildings and facades in historic districts; restoration of historic buildings for transportation-related purposes; access improvements to historic sites. 7. Rehabilitation and operation of historic transportation buildings, structures or facilities — Restoration of railroad depots, bus stations and lighthouses; rehabilitation of rail trestles, tunnels, bridges and canals.  </li></ul><ul><li>8. Conversion of abandoned railway corridors to trails —Acquisition of railroad rights-of-way; planning, design and construction of multi-use trails and rail-with-trail projects.   9. Inventory, control, and removal of outdoor advertising — Billboard inventories and removal of illegal and nonconforming billboards. Inventory control may include, but not be limited to, data collection, acquisition and maintenance of digital aerial photography, video logging, scanning and imaging of data, developing and maintaining an inventory and control database, and hiring of outside legal counsel. </li></ul><ul><li>10. Archaeological planning & research — Research, preservation planning and interpretation; developing interpretive signs, exhibits and guides; inventories and surveys. 11. Environmental mitigation of runoff pollution and provision of wildlife connectivity — Runoff pollution studies; soil erosion controls; detention and sediment basins; river clean-ups; wildlife underpasses. 12. Establishment of transportation museums —Conversion of railroad stations or historic properties into museums with transportation themes; construction of new museums; purchase of exhibit materials.    </li></ul>
  12. 13. ITIP TE Categories <ul><li>Bicycle and pedestrian projects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 Bicycle and pedestrian safety and educational activities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. Facilities for bicycles and pedestrians </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>8. Preservation of abandoned railroad corridors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Historic and archaeological projects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6. Historic Preservation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>7. Rehab of historic transportation facilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10. Archaeological planning and research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Scenic Beautification Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Acquisition of scenic sites or facilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. Scenic or historic highway programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5. Landscaping and other scenic beautification </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>9. Control and removal of outdoor advertising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Water quality and wildlife protection projects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11. Environmental Mitigation for storm water pollution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>11. Mitigation to reduce wildlife mortality and habitat connection </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Museums and visitor center projects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>4. Scenic or historic highway programs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12. Establishment of transportation museums </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Planning & Programming Guides <ul><li>Consistant with: </li></ul><ul><li>Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan ITSP </li></ul><ul><li>Policy on Context Sensitive Solutions </li></ul><ul><li>ITSP & ITIP Themes </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complete ITSP focus routes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce congestion and promote livable communities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Improve goods movement </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage funding partnerships </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental justice </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Evaluation and Scoring <ul><li>100 point scoring scale </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50 points max for statewide significance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>50 points for relative value in project category </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The top project in each of the five categories will receive 50 points, ensuring that all five categories are represented in the final project selection </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Statewide Criteria <ul><li>Enhancements to a project on a Focus Route </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements to a project on a High Emphasis Route </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements to a project on Interregional Road System Route </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements to a Highway Project of statewide significance </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements to Intercity Rail Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements to an ITIP Grade Separation Project </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancements to an ITIP Mass Transit Guideway Project </li></ul><ul><li>Grants to other state or federal agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Projects not integrated with ITIP. But on IRRS </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian and bike facilities providing an alternative to IRRS routes </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian and bicycle facilities providing access to parks or intermodal stations </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian and bike facilities on designated state bicycle route </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancement consistent with a Route Concept Report or Route Master Plan </li></ul>
  16. 17. Focus Routes
  17. 18. High Emphasis Routes
  18. 19. Local Agency Implementation <ul><li>All phases of a local project must be voted and authorized </li></ul><ul><li>Project must be voted in the year programmed </li></ul><ul><li>Once voted, six months to award or funds lapse </li></ul><ul><li>If on-system, it becomes a local capital outlay and is done as an encroachment project </li></ul><ul><li>If off-system, it is done with local inspection and state inspected prior to final invoice. </li></ul>
  19. 20. State Project Implementation <ul><li>Environmental and design pre authorized </li></ul><ul><li>Construction must vote in year programmed </li></ul><ul><li>Must receive federal authorization prior to award </li></ul><ul><li>Must award within six months of vote </li></ul><ul><li>Has a resident engineer and inspectors throughout project </li></ul>
  20. 21. <ul><li>John Haynes </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation Enhancement Coordinator </li></ul><ul><li>California Department of Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>1120 N Street </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrament CA 95814 </li></ul><ul><li>916 653-8077 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>