NCTC Newsletter


Providing updates on the ongoing work of the Nevada County Transportation Commission
April 24, 2018   
Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1)
 
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Caltrans has announced the fast tracking of “fix it first” construction work and increased road repairs across the state. Caltrans is able to jumpstart these road repairs thanks to the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1), recently passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.
 

It is predicted that Senate Bill 1 will provide more than $5 billion annually for maintenance, repair, and safety improvements on state highways, local streets and roads, and bridges. In total, it is estimated that SB 1 will generate:

 

  • $1.5 billion for the State Highway Operations and Protection Program
  • $1.5 billion for local streets and roads
  • $400 million for bridge maintenance and repairs
  • $300 million for goods movement and freight projects
  • $275 million for congested corridors and relief management
  • $200 million for the Local Partnership Program to match locally generated transportation funds
  • $100 million for the Active Transportation Program to improve safety and expand access on streets, roads and highways for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • $750 million for mass transit

 

In 2017, two initiatives were launched to repeal SB 1 on the November 2018 ballot. However, one of the two initiatives failed to attract enough signatures by the January 8, 2018 deadline to add it to the ballot. The second measure to repeal SB 1 is continuing to move forward and supporters indicated in late January that they had received two thirds of the 585,407 signatures needed to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. This measure would repeal SB 1 and would amend the California Constitution to require future gas tax increases to be approved by the voters.

 

SB 1 generates $54 billion over the next decade, split evenly between state and local investments, to fix transportation infrastructure across California. The $5.4 billion-a-year investment comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.

 

SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges, and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards that help reduce highway congestion. When this work is finished, 98 percent of pavement on state facilities will be in good or fair condition, up from 85 percent today.

 

In addition to the work Caltrans is expediting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and CalSTA are preparing to award SB 1 funds to competitive transportation grant programs to improve California’s trade corridors, expand public transit systems, provide relief to congested commute corridors and provide state matching funds to help cities and counties build better communities.

 

“SB 1 dedicates transportation dollars to transportation purposes. With the law in place we can begin to put thousands of people to work rebuilding California and its local communities,” said CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly. “This investment creates jobs, improves roads and bridges and has strong public accountability.”

 

Until SB 1 was signed by Governor Brown earlier this year, California had not significantly invested in the state’s transportation infrastructure in 23 years; since then, California’s population has grown by eight million, with millions more vehicles and trucks on the state highway system. Californians also drive more than 350 billion miles a year – more than any other state.

 

For a list of Nevada County projects scheduled to receive SB 1 funds, click here:

SB 1 Projects List for Nevada County

 

Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.

 
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April 24, 2018
Active Transportation Plan
 
 On September 26, 2013, Governor Brown signed legislation creating the Active Transportation Program.  The Active Transportation Program consolidated existing federal and state transportation programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and State Safe Routes to School (SR2S), into a single program with a focus to make California a national leader in active transportation.
 
 As part of the regional transportation planning process, the NCTC in coordination with the County of Nevada, City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City, and Town of Truckee intends to conduct a planning study to prepare an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) covering Nevada County and the jurisdictions within.  Funding for this project is included in Work Element 2.1.3 in the FY 2017/18 Overall Work Program, adopted on May 17, 2017, showing a budget amount of $80,000 for consultant work.  The Plan will evaluate needs, identify and prioritize active transportation recommendations, including all disadvantaged communities within Nevada County.  Completion of the study will provide all necessary information and analysis required by the California Transportation Commission’s state guidelines for ATPs and assist local agency efforts to secure funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects.
 
 In response to the Request for Proposal (RFP), released on February 1, 2018, a Project Selection Committee reviewed and scored proposals, conducted interviews, and selected the firm Fehr & Peers to prepare the Nevada County Active Transportation Plan. The Commission approved the contract between NCTC and Fehr & Peers at their March 21, 2018 NCTC meeting.
 
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January 17, 2018
2015-2035 Nevada County Regional Transportation Plan
 
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NCTC has completed the update of the 2015-2035 Nevada County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and it was approved at the February 7, 2018 NCTC meeting. The purpose of the Nevada County RTP update is to establish policy guidance and identify regional transportation improvements that are planned for implementation over the next twenty years in Nevada County. To qualify for federal or state funding, projects must be included in the plan or be consistent with the plan. 
 
NCTC is required by the State to prepare, adopt, and submit an updated RTP to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and Caltrans every four years. To assure consistency between all RTPs in California, the State legislature requires the same planning components for each plan. The Nevada County RTP was prepared in compliance with the 2017 RTP Guidelines developed by the CTC.
 
The Nevada County RTP documents the short-term and long-term regional transportation needs covering the Plan horizon, and set forth an effective, cost-feasible action plan to meet these needs. The RTP includes projects that can reasonably be anticipated to be funded with the Plan's fiscal constraints. The RTP also identifies projects that can be implemented if additional funds become available.
 
 
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January 17, 2018
Ask Nevada County
 
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Our local Nevada County website has a great feature called Ask Nevada County! This useful tool allows local residents to submit service requests to Nevada County online. In addition to Road Maintenance requests, residents can also alert the county of issues concerning Environmental Health, Solid Waste, Wastewater, Agricultural Concerns, Code Compliance, Gold Country Stage Concerns, and General submissions. There is even an interactive map that shows the current status of requests submitted, received, in progress, and completed. In 2017, over 95% of service requests submitted through Ask Nevada County have been completed. There is also a free "Ask Nevada County" app available for your Apple or Android smartphone. The online tool is easy to use, and looks to be an effective solution to report Public Works concerns. Give it a try today!
 
 
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January 17, 2018
SR 49 Corridor System Management Plan
 
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The first Corridor Management Plan for SR 49 was developed by NCTC in 1992 to develop strategies to increase capacity and preserve operational function of SR 49.  Following the passage of Proposition 1B in November 2006, Caltrans and its partners took a dynamic turn in transportation planning and systems operations with the creation of Corridor System Management Plans (CSMPs). CSMPs support a partnership-based, integrated management of all travel modes (cars, trucks, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians) and infrastructure (highways, roads, rail tracks, information systems and bike routes) so that mobility along the corridor is provided in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  

Caltrans' first CSMP for SR 49 was completed in 2009, with "State of the Corridor" reports in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As part of the regional transportation planning process in the 2017/18 fiscal year, NCTC, in coordination with Caltrans, is seeking proposals from consulting firms to assist with an update of the SR 49 CSMP. This update will identify operational deficiencies, bicycle route gaps, user safety enhancements, and operational improvements within the corridor from the Nevada/Placer County line to McKnight Way Overcrossing in Grass Valley.  Through data analysis the consultant will develop a list of projects that improve safety, reduce travel time or delay, reduce traffic congestion, improve connectivity between modes and facilities, improve travel time reliability, and expand mobility options along the corridor in a cost-effective manner.

A Request for Proposal was released on December 1, 2017, and based on proposals received and scores developed by a Consultant Selection Committee, Omni-Means was selected to prepare the SR 49 CSMP Update (Phase 1).
 
 
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January 17, 2018
California State Budget
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Curious how California gathers and spends its money? Check out this great visualization tool of the 2017-18 California State Budget by CALmatters and see where our dollars really go.