Executive Director's Report

 

Executive Director's Report - October 1, 2021

Dear Napa Valley Residents:

I hope that this latest edition of the Executive Director report is a helpful update on the latest activities at NVTA. I welcome you to look at NVTA’s website and Board agendas to keep up on all the agency’s projects and programs.

NVTA welcomes Assistant Program Planner Victoria Ortiz, who will oversee the Measure T program. Victoria has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California San Diego in Urban Studies and Political Science. She interned at the regional planning agency in San Diego, SANDAG, and worked for the department of public works for the Cities of San Diego and Cupertino.

The Vine Transit Maintenance Facility bid opened September 9. The agency received 8 bids, all within $5 million of each other. The low bid was slightly higher than the target, consequently, the agency will delay constructing some of the solar canopies. Staff anticipates that Regional Measure 3 North Bay Transit funds will eventually fill the funding gap. The project cannot be delayed because of the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan timeline – the primary funding source for this project. Staff is reviewing the bids and we anticipate asking the board to award the contract at its October meeting, pending approval of the Build America Bureau and Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

NVTA and MTC held a joint public outreach meeting for the Napa Valley Forward intersection improvements at SR 29 and Madison Street, Oakville Cross Road, and Rutherford Road on September 22. The meeting gave residents an opportunity to learn more about the proposed improvements and share comments or concerns.

NVTA held a groundbreaking event for the Imola Park and Ride on September 20th. The project will include sheltered waiting areas with lighting, sidewalk and bicycle facilities, traffic signal improvements and bus pullouts and platforms as part of the overall improvements planned for the Vine Transit’s Express Bus System.

The Transportation Security Administration has extended its mask mandate through January 18, 2022. All transportation agencies receiving federal funding, including public transit agencies, are subject to the requirement and therefore masks are required by all members of the public inside and outside NVTA’s facilities and buses.

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

 

Sincerely,

Kate Miller

NVTA Executive Director