Public Meeting & Regulatory Notices

2014

AGENCY AND CALTRANS SEEK PUBLIC INPUT ON INTERCITY RAIL AND TRANSIT PROGRAM DRAFT GUIDELINES

New Cap-and-Trade-Funded Programs Will Help Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Improve Mobility

December 4, 2014

SACRAMENTO—In preparation for two upcoming public workshops, the California State Transportation Agency today published draft guidelines for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, a new grant program for rail and bus capital improvements that integrate state and local rail and other transit systems. This program is funded initially with $25 million in the 2014-15 state budget, and starting in 2015-16, with 10% of annual auction proceeds going forward.

Earlier this week, Caltrans published draft guidelines for another new grant program, the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, designed to support new or expanded bus and rail services, especially in disadvantaged communities. 

The workshops are an opportunity to discuss the draft guidelines for both these programs and offer comments:

December 10: Southern California
San Bernardino Associated Governments
1170 W 3rd Street
San Bernardino, CA 92410
9-11 am, Director’s Board Room
December 17: Northern California
California Environmental Protection Agency
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812
9-11 am, Byron Sher Auditorium

 

Written comments can also be submitted to tircpcomments [at] dot.ca [dot] gov for the Capital Program and to lctopcomments [at] dot.ca [dot] gov for the Operations Program.

The 2014-15 State Budget provides $832 million to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund from Cap-and-Trade auction proceeds to support existing and pilot programs that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and benefit disadvantaged communities. This expenditure plan will reduce emissions through several programs, including ones modernizing the state’s rail system (including both high-speed rail and public transit), encouraging sustainable community development with an emphasis on public transportation and affordable housing, restoring forests in both urban and rural settings, increasing energy, water, and agricultural efficiency and creating incentives for additional recycling. And under SB 535 (De Leon) at least 25 percent of these funds will be invested for the benefit of California's most disadvantaged communities.

As part of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, the Transportation Agency will administer $25 million in funding in 2014-15, via a competitive grant program, to rail and bus transit operators for capital improvements that integrate state and local rail and other transit systems. These will include projects located in disadvantaged communities and those that provide connectivity to the high-speed rail system. In subsequent years, the Capital Program will receive 10% of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The draft guidelines for the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program are located here.

The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program allocates $25 million in 2014-15, distributed by the State Transit Assistance Program formula, for local transit agencies to support new or expanded bus and rail services. With an emphasis on disadvantaged communities, approved projects will support new or expanded bus or rail services, or expanded intermodal transit facilities. They may also include equipment acquisition, fueling, and maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In subsequent years, the Capital Program will receive 5% of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. The draft guidelines for the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program are located here.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC WEBCAST: CAP AND TRADE - RAIL AND TRANSIT PROGRAMS - OCTOBER 2014

Friday, October 10, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 
The Administration is seeking public input on the investment of cap-and-trade auction proceeds to support the State’s effort to reduce greenhouse gases through two new transit and rail programs established in Senate Bill 862 (Chapter 361, Statutes of 2014):
 
The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program
&
The Low-Carbon Transit Operations Program
 
At this webcast, the Administration will present background on the requirements of state law, and ask the public to provide feedback that will inform the Administration’s crafting of draft program guidelines.  After the draft guidelines are developed, additional public meetings will be scheduled to receive comments prior to adoption of final guidelines. The materials presented on the webcast will be the same materials used during the in-person public workshops in San Jose, Los Angeles and Sacramento during August 2014. 
 
Webcast: http://livemsmedia.dot.ca.gov/channel12
 
Note: The link will only work a few minutes before the webcast is scheduled to begin, if trying to connect earlier than scheduled time, a “not available” message may appear. If this occurs, please try again.
 
Additionally, you can join the meeting via conference call: 
Call-in number: 1(877) 396-1924
Participant Code: 510174
 
For questions on the webcast, call Bruce Roberts, Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation, at (916) 653-3060. Comments on the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) and the Low-Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) may be directed to tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov and lctopcomments@dot.ca.gov, respectively, or to the following postal mail address, attention TIRCP Comments or LCTOP Comments:
 
Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
P.O. Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001
 
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REGULATORY AND PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE - AUGUST 2014

We are seeking public input on how to invest cap-and-trade proceeds for two new transit and rail programs that will support California’s landmark efforts to fight climate change by curbing greenhouse gases.

These two programs are called the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) and the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP).

Here are the presentations and fact sheets for both of these programs:
Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program Presentation (pdf)
TIRCP Fact Sheet (pdf)
Low Carbon Transit Operations Program Presentation (pdf)
LCTOP Fact Sheet (pdf)

Here is the official Notice of Public Workshops. There are three upcoming public workshops this month that will provide opportunities to learn more about the programs and make public comments:

Thursday, August 21, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
San Jose City Hall
City Manager’s Conference Room, 17th Floor
200 E Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Friday, August 22, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
California Environmental Protection Agency
Byron Sher Auditorium, 2nd Floor
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812

Wednesday, August 27, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Board Room
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Written comments can also be submitted by email to tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov  and lctopcomments@dot.ca.gov  or by regular mail to: 

Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation
P.O. Box 942873
Sacramento, CA 94273-0001

If you have further questions about this notice, please contact Bruce Roberts, Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transit, at (916) 653-3060.
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