Priority Conservation Area Program

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) receives federal funding for local programming from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) authorized by the federal transportation authorization legislation currently known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21).  MTC has apportioned $10 million in Cycle 2 Surface Transportation Program funds to the PCA program, of which $5 million is committed to the four (4) North Bay counties: Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and Solano. 

Eligible PCA projects include planning activities, non-motorized programs, visual enhancements, habitat environmental enhancements, and farm to market capital projects.  Project submittals must show a non-federal 11.47% local match and be located within a PCA.  Note: Federal funds cannot be used for land acquisition/easement.  Elements of a project that include land acquisition would need to be funded through a local match or funding exchange.

The estimated revenues that will be apportioned to Napa County is $1.25 million.  To remain competitive with the other North Bay counties for these funds, NCTPA staff is proposing to establish a $2.5 million program target.  To achieve this, projects that are partially funded with other revenues (beyond the federally required match percentage), including Cycle 2 One Bay Area Grant funds (OBAG),   will be given priority over those projects seeking full (88.53%) federal funding from the PCA program.  Note: If the non- PCA funds are also federal, additional local match will be required in order to meet federal match requirements.

On February 20, 2013 the NCTPA Board approved the criteria and released a call for PCA projects for Napa County.  Project submittals were due on Friday, March 22, 2013.  A final program of projects is scheduled to be brought before the NCTPA Board on May 15th.