MTC Proposes Changes to Safe Routes to School Funding and Complete Streets Policy

MTC has proposed changes to their Safe Routes to School funding structure and Complete Streets requirement. The changes are part of a proposed One Bay Area Grant Cycle 2.

Safe Routes to School funding will remain at a regional total of $5 million a year for the 5 year cycle of OBAG2. This is the same amount as the prior SRTS cycles of $5 million each year. This amounts then to $25 million total.

Whereas in prior years SRTS money was doled out based on school population, MTC proposes to align the funding with the rest of the OBAG 2 funding, meaning the distribution is related to population and housing formulas. The chart below shows how the funding will change from the current cycle to the next:

County SRTS funding current cycle: % of $5 million per year What that comes to in dollars last cycle per year SRTS under new formula: % of $5 million per year What that will be in dollars, next cycle per year
Alameda 21% $1.05 million 20.8% $1.04 million
Contra Costa 16% $0.8 million 13.1% $0.66 million
Marin 3% $0.15 million 2.5% $0.13 million
Napa 2% $0.1 million 1.4% $0.07 million
San Francisco 7% $0.35 million 14.4% $0.72 Million
San Mateo 10% $0.5 million 8.6% $0.43 Million
Santa Clara 27% $1.35 million 28.7% $1.44 Million
Solano 6% $0.3 million 4.6% $0.23 Million
Sonoma 7% $0.35 million 5.9% $0.30 Million
100% $5  million  100% $5 million

Complete Streets policy change: Instead of requiring every jurisdiction to update their General Plan circulation element, MTC proposes requiring jurisdictions to pass their model policy resolution with its minimum criteria, or certify that the General Plan currently meets the Complete Streets Act criteria. What’s different from last cycle is that a jurisdiction can’t self-certify a General Plan if it hasn’t been updated since 2010. Jurisdictions with older circulation elements will either need to update them or pass the MTC resolution.

These changes will be discussed at workshops and committees through the year with the final vote at the MTC Commission meeting in November.

Support Active Transportation at Plan Bay Area Workshops

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The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will begin a public discussion about the region’s future growth at a series of public open houses being held in all nine Bay Area counties beginning April 29 and continuing through May 28.

Attend these meetings to ensure that Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, and active transportation remain supported in the region!

When & Where:

Alameda County: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Alameda County Fairgrounds, Palm Pavilion, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton (Wheels will run extended bus service on route 53 between West Dublin/Pleasanton BART and the Fairgrounds. For transit directions, visit 511.org).

Contra Costa County: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

San Mateo County: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, Event Pavilion, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo

Santa Clara County: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose

Napa County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Napa Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Avenue, Napa

Solano County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield (Arriving by transit? Call (510) 817-5757 in advance of the open house for information about a taxi ride home).

Sonoma County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa

San Francisco City & County: Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco

Marin County: Thursday, May 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., TBD (exact location to be determined).

Santa Clara County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) community workshop!

Seeking Solutions to Advance Walking and Biking at Your School!

Join the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and national and local experts at a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) community workshop:

Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00am – 12:30pm.

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 (Cupertino A & B Conference Room).

RSVP by Thursday, April 9 to Kevin Chieng at kevin.chieng@phd.sccgov.org or (408) 793-3190.

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Weber, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

During this workshop you will:

• Learn more about how to effectively create lasting Safe Routes to School programs

• Hear from city, school district, bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, and engineering representatives

• Discover how law enforcement can take an active role in Safe Routes to School

See you there!

 

 

MTC Announces Regional ATP Cycle 2 Workshops

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced three Bay Area workshops to provide guidance on applying for the Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2.

Information and a flyer can be found here.

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Forty percent of the state ATP funding is being awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million.

Topics for the workshops will include:

  • Statewide vs. Regional Program Guidelines
  • Timeline, scoring criteria, and application overview
  • Best practices on gathering data and lessons learned from Cycle 1
  • On-site discussion and Q&A with MTC and Caltrans staff

These sessions are open to anyone but will be tailored to new applicants, applicants seeking assistance in preparing a competitive application, and agencies or organizations interested in partnering on an application.

LOCATIONS:

North Bay –

Wednesday, April 8, 2015; 1:00p – 3:00p

Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency

625 Burnell Street

Napa, CA 94559

Central Bay –

Tuesday, April 14, 2015; 1:00p – 3:00p

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

101-8th Street, 1st Floor, Auditorium

Oakland, CA 94607

South Bay –

Thursday, April 16, 2015; 1:00p – 3:00p

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

3331 N. First St., Auditorium

San Jose CA  95134-1927

Please register via email to Marcella Aranda at maranda@mtc.ca.gov, no later than Wednesday, April 1. Please be sure make the subject line of your RSVP email: “ATP CYCLE 2 WORKSHOP – (location)”. Space is limited for each of the locations so please refrain from submitting an RSVP for multiple locations.

 

New Members Join the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) started a new four-year term this MTC Logoweek, and added three new members while renewing the terms of the remainder of the 21 commissioners.

The new members are newly elected Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has assumed the slot on the Commission assigned to an appointee of the mayor of Oakland; Jason Baker, a councilmember from the city of Campbell who is representing the cities of Santa Clara County on the Commission; and Julie Pierce, a councilmember from the city of Clayton who is representing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on MTC.

More information can be found here.

 

MTC Releases Regional ATP Cycle 2 Draft Guidelines

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) today released the staff recommendations for draft guidelines for the 2015 Cycle 2 Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP). MTC Logo

Forty percent of the state ATP funding will be awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. Twenty-five percent of funding is to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million. The amount for this year will be determined through the state budget process.

The draft guidelines build off of last years’. Changes include awarding additional points if the jurisdiction of a project sponsor has passed a Complete Streets policy, or if the project is consistent with countywide goals as determined by the Congestion Management Agency.

MTC’s regional ATP call for projects this year will match the state’s to avoid any confusion between the two processes. The call for projects will be March 26, with a due date of June 1, 2015.

The MTC Programming and Allocations Committee will review the draft guidelines at its Feb 11 meeting. The full Commission will then finalize the guidelines at its meeting on Feb 25.

 

Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference, Oakland

 

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joseph P. Bort Metrocenter, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland (near the Lake Merritt BART station)STA_YESposter_FINAL_web_1031_11

Join students from around the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss transportation issues, learn how their decisions can impact climate change, and share ways of encouraging others to walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to school.

Free shuttles from the North Bay and the South Bay will be available for students without easy access to public transit.

Register to attend

 

 

California Transportation Choices Summit 2015: Year of Action

Be a part of the movement to create a greener, more equitable future in 2015: come to the California Transportation Choices Summit and Advocacy Day on April 27-28 in Sacramento. Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, TransForm and many others for a day of learning, connecting, and strategizing. Hear from inspiring keynote Manuel Pastor. Meet diverse leaders, planners, and community activists from around the state. Relax and plan with newfound allies at sunset along the Sacramento River. Register now. Sliding scale pricing and travel grants available; apply today.

MTC Votes to Support Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets

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Last Wednesdsay, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted to fully fund the Regional Safe Routes to School (RSTS) program for a fifth year, and also reiterated a committment to advancing Complete Streets.
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Responding to a shortfall in federal funds, MTC staff and the Programming and Allocations Committee had proposed extending the RSRTS program by one year, but at half the funding ($2.7 million as opposed to the current yearly allocation of $5 million). Advocates weighed in that the RSTS is vital to support the health, safety, and education of children, and that the effective cut would result in potential program layoffs and schools being cut from the program. Commissioners at the meeting spoke up in agreement with these concerns, and added that the RSTS helps MTC meet its adopted health, safety, and climate change goals.
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In the end, commissioners voted unanimously to direct MTC staff to make up the $2.3 million shortfall and present options for doing so to the commission within six months as part of a broader discussion of the next cycle of RSTS and One Bay Area Grant funding.
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Another aspect of the vote maintains the Complete Streets requirement in OBAG, but delays by one year a requirement that General Plan circulation elements be updated. MTC requires jurisdictions to pass a resolution or certify that their General Plan complies with California’s Complete Streets Act in order to receive OBAG funds. Over ninety-percent of jurisdictions have complied with this policy.
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However, jurisdictions that passed a resolution were to also update their General Plan by the end of January 2015. Last Wednesday’s vote maintains this requirement but delays it by one year. Advocates delivered a sign on letter with 12 signatories to MTC expressing concern that the requirement not be dropped, and instead engage a conversation with  walking, bicycling, Safe Routes to School, and active transportation stakeholders and advocates to determine the best next steps.

Advocates Raise Concerns About Possible Changes to MTC Complete Streets Requirement

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Advocates are weighing in to ensure any changes to MTC’s Complete Streets policy are made with adequate input from active transportation advocates. MTC’s Complete Streets policy is part of the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG). MTC requires jurisdictions to pass a resolution or certify that their General Plan complies with California’s Complete Streets Act in order to receive OBAG funds. Over ninety-percent of jurisdictions have complied with this policy.
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However, jurisdictions that passed a resolution must also update their General Plan by the end of January 2015. There have been discussions about MTC possibly delaying, changing, or eliminating this aspect of the requirement. Advocates have delivered a sign on letter with 12 signatories to MTC expressing our concern that any change to the requirement not be made until there has been considerable discussion and input from an array of walking, bicycling, Safe Routes to School, and active transportation stakeholders and advocates.
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