At the July 17th NVTA Board meeting a call for 2014 RTIP projects was released. The STIP is a multi-year capital improvement program of transportation projects on and off the State Highway System, funded with revenues from the State Highway Account and other funding sources. The STIP is composed of two sub-elements: the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP).
As the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the Bay Area, MTC is responsible for developing regional project priorities for the RTIP for the nine counties of the Bay Area. The biennial RTIP is then submitted to the California Transportation Commission for inclusion in the STIP. MTC, in cooperation with NVTA, the other Bay Area Congestion Management Agencies (CMA) and Caltrans, is currently preparing the 2014 Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). For Napa County jurisdictions, the draft fund estimate is $6.668 million . These funds may be rolled over to the next cycle and accumulated towards future capital projects without penalty, if desired.
Qualifying capital projects must be listed in the Regional Transportation Plan, and involving the State Highway System must already have a Caltrans-approved “Project Initiation Document” (PID). In addition, because of the complexity of qualifying projects for federal funding, projects must have a minimum budget of $250,000 (for larger counties it is $500,000).
MTC plans on approving the full package of RTIP Policies and Procedures on September 11, 2013. In order to meet the submittal deadline to the California Transportation Commission (CTC), the Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) have been asked to submit their draft project nominations to MTC by October 16, 2013, and their final project nomination packages to MTC by November 8, 2013. To be able to meet this deadline NVTA is asking local jurisdictions to submit letters of intent for funding no later than August 16, 2013 and final applications by September 20, 2013. Application letters due on August 16th should include the following:
- Project Name
- RTP ID Number
- Project Description
- RTIP Funding Request
- Total Cost of the Project
- Project Schedule
Project selection will be done by the Technical Advisory Committee made up of public works staff from every jurisdiction. TAC will approve a draft list of projects to be sent to MTC by October 16th and make a recommendation to the NVTA Board for final approval of RTIP projects at the October 16th Board meeting. Projects will be prioritized by their ability to meet the RTIP criteria (i.e. listed in the RTP and have an approved PID). The full description of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) can be found by going to http://www.mtc.ca.gov/funding/STIP/.
For questions regarding this call please contact Danielle Schmitz at firstname.lastname@example.org