NCTC Newsletter


Providing updates on the ongoing work of the Nevada County Transportation Commission
 
Public Workshop
READY Nevada County Extreme Climate Event Mobility and Adaptation Plan
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 5:30-6:30pm
 
When faced with extreme climate events like wildfires, severe storms, and increasing temperatures, how READY is Nevada County’s transportation network?
 
Share your input at Nevada County Transportation Commission’s first public workshop for the READY Nevada County Extreme Climate Event Mobility & Adaptation Plan
 
The project team will introduce the project and initial findings on known challenges and existing conditions. Following the presentation, we will invite the community to share feedback about challenges, hazards and needs related to extreme climate events.
 
Join us virtually
Wednesday May 5, 2021
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join online at: https://bit.ly/3cCXpIU - Passcode: C5Hyj5
Or Join by phone, Dial: 1 669-900-6833 - Webinar ID: 823 9450 5565 - Passcode: 832152
 
The READY Nevada County Plan will build on the ongoing coordination and emergency planning efforts in Nevada County to identify climate-related challenges to the transportation network and develop strategies to address them.
 
For more information visit: ExtremeClimateMobilityNC.com
 
Public Workshop flyer Ready Nevada County
 
 
 
Extreme Climate Event Mobility and Adaptation Plan
 
In December 2019, Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) staff began working on the concept of an Extreme Climate Event Mobility and Adaptation Plan to identify the climate-related weaknesses of the transportation system in Nevada County and provide actionable strategies for integration into transportation plans, transportation improvement programs, and emergency response plans for the region during extreme climate events (fire, flood, snow/ice, road closure, etc.). NCTC staff submitted a grant application for State Rural Planning Assistance in January 2020.  NCTC’s Executive Director was notified on March 20, 2020, that NCTC was awarded the grant funds for the READY Nevada County Extreme Climate Event Mobility and Adaptation Plan. 
 
A Request for Proposal (RFP) was released on August 31, 2020.  In response to the RFP, proposals were received from Dewberry, ERG, Cardno, GHD Inc., and First Environment. GHD Inc. was chosen by the Selection Committee, which included representatives from Nevada County, Office of Emergency Services, Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, the cities of Nevada City and Grass Valley, and NCTC staff, to prepare the READY Nevada County Extreme Climate Event Mobility and Adaptation Plan. 
 
The Ready Nevada County ECEMAP Agreement was approved at the November 18, 2020 NCTC meeting.
 
 
Emergency Alert Test Aug 12
 
Countywide Test of Emergency Alert Notification System
on August 12, 2020
Sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts
 
As peak fire season approaches, the County of Nevada Office of Emergency Services and the Town of Truckee are urging residents to sign up for emergency alerts in preparation for a test scheduled for August 12. This will be a simultaneous test of the both the CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert Systems and is scheduled to run throughout the day. 

“This is a great opportunity to practice situational awareness. We encourage folks to build in communication redundancies. Residents should be aware of all the tools we use to inform residents of an emergency; hi-lo sirens, radio updates, Internet news, the Ready Nevada County Dashboard, and updates from your 5 emergency allies are all equally important. Of course, your own situational awareness plays a big role. If you see or smell smoke, don’t be afraid to evacuate yourself,” says OES Program Manager, Paul Cummings.
 
All Nevada County residents are advised to register for CodeRED Emergency Alerts in one of the following ways: 

•  Visit ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
•  Text ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and follow the link to complete the registration. 
•  Call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 for assistance from a Connecting Point call agent. 
 
CodeRED Emergency Alerts will display as originating from 866-419-5000 or 855-969-4636 on caller ID and residents are encouraged to save these numbers. 

The Town of Truckee will conduct a concurrent test of the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to CodeRED. which serves unincorporated Eastern Nevada County, and all Western Nevada County. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District utilize the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System as the primary method of communication during critical incidents which take place within the Town of Truckee and Truckee Fire Protection District limits. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to stay informed in an evolving event. 

Residents are encouraged to utilize the user-friendly Nixle Everbridge application on mobile devices. Simply text “APP” to 888-777 to receive a link to download the Everbridge Mobile Application. Complete the registration by downloading, installing and opening the app. Insert 96161 to subscribe to the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District. 

Robert Womack, Truckee Police Department Emergency Services Coordinator explains, “Both CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify residents during an evolving situation. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools we utilize during an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of our coordinated emergency planning.”

•  Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org 
•  Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare. 
•  Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice 
•  Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire 
 
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Highway 49 Collision Data
 
Take a look at the maps below that show the number and locations of collisions on Highway 49 from January 2015 to January 2020. When you see the data over time it is a sobering statistic. How can we as drivers on this road modify these statistics for the better in the future? Try answering the questions that apply to each map.
(Maps provided by Fernando Rivera, Chief, Traffic Safety, Caltrans District 3)
 
Highway 49 Collision Summary from Placer/Nevada County Line to McKnight Way
1/1/15 - 1/30/20
Looking at this map of collisions (injury - yellow dots, fatal - red dots), which part of Highway 49
would it be safe to let your focus on the road be diverted?
(Answer: Nowhere!)
 
(click on each of the pictures below for enlarged graphics)
Hwy 49 summary collisions 
Highway 49 Placer/Nevada County Fatal Collisions
1/1/15 to 1/30/20
For each of these fatal accidents, how could you change the description
so that the accident would not have occurred?
 
Fatal collisions chart hwy 49
hwy 49 fatal collisions map
  
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NCTC Gets National Recognition
 
This “Noteworthy Practices” publication from the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration gave national recognition to Nevada County Transportation Commission! They highlighted NCTC for developing an effective and interactive Overall Work Program - the budget that describes regional transportation planning projects and how they are to be funded - calling it “an excellent example of both framework and content.” NCTC is proud to be a leader in transportation planning!
 
Click graphic to see document
FHWA Noteworthy Practices
 
 
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Click graphic to see flyer
SR 174-20 Open House flyer
 
 
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Click graphic to see flyer
Highway 49 Open House
 
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Nevada County Local Road Safety Plan
 
Why are motorists crashing?  The top three primary collision factors are:
  • Improper turning (i.e. turning in front of oncoming vehicles)
  • Unsafe speed (causes vehicles to go off the road or does not allow the driver enough time to react)
  • DUI
 
Nevada County Collision Factors
What types of collisions are occurring? The top three primary collision types are:
  • Hit Object (a lot of these include hitting animals but also hitting objects when they veer off the road)
  • Rear-End (most of these seem to be as a result of the driver not paying attention and not leaving enough time to react)
  • Broadside (ties to the improper turning collision factor, i.e. in front of oncoming vehicles)
 
Nevada County Collision Types
Nevada County is committed to improving transportation safety for all users. With that goal in mind, Nevada County has implemented this Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP). A LRSP provides a framework for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing roadway safety improvements on local roads and results in a prioritized list of improvements that can be used to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on the local road network. In fact, LRSP’s have been proven to reduce fatalities on local roads in states that have implemented them!

Implementation of the plan will improve transportation safety for the county, its people, and its visitors. The plan should be viewed as a living document that can be updated to reflect changing local needs and priorities. In the past 3 years, 1% of collisions in Nevada County have resulted in fatalities. The County is targeting 0 fatalities over the next 3 years.
 
While local roads are less traveled than State highways, they have a much higher rate of fatal and serious injury crashes. Nevada County’s Vision, Mission and Goals for this LRSP mirror those of the California Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) as follows: 
 
Vision:  Nevada County will have a safe transportation system for all users.
 
Mission:  Nevada  County  will  ensure  a  safe  and  sustainable  transportation  system  for  all  motorized  and  non‐motorized users on all public roads in Nevada County.  
 
LRSP Goals:  Toward zero deaths.
 
Safety partners are a vital resource for acquiring and analyzing data, selecting emphasis areas, developing safety strategies, and implementing this LRSP.  The following list of partners would be involved in the implementation of this plan: 
  • County of Nevada – Board of Supervisors, Sherriff’s Office, Public Works – Roads, Engineering and Transit Divisions, Planning
  • Nevada County Transportation Commission
  • Incorporated cities in Nevada County – Councils, Public Works, Planning, Police: City of Grass Valley, Nevada City, Town of Truckee
  • Caltrans
  • Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Federal Transit Administration
  • US Forest Service
  • US Bureau of Land Management
  • School Districts
  • CITIZENS!
 
Nevada  County  has  identified  and  implemented  safety improvements in a very systematic way to date.  As such, Nevada County enjoys the 3rd lowest fatality rates of all counties in California.  This commitment to safety is further documented in the Nevada County General Plan, the Nevada County Regional  Transportation  Plan  2015‐2035,  the  Trans‐Sierra  Transportation  Plan  dated  March  2015,  the  Nevada  County  Bicycle  Master  Plan  and  the  Nevada  County  Pedestrian  Improvement  Plan.    Public  outreach  has  been  an  important component to all of these plans.
 
This  LRSP  was  developed  by  reviewing  all  of  the  information  already gathered  in the above mentioned documents,  analyzing  the  latest  accident  data  and  recommending  proven  safety  countermeasures  with  timelines  and  goals  for implementation and evaluation. 
 
In addition to the transportation safety improvements identified in the above plans, Nevada County has also successfully completed several safety projects in recent years including: High Friction Surface Treatments, High Visibility Thermoplastic Striping and a Road Safety and Signing Audit project.  Upcoming projects include additional High Friction Surface Treatments, High Visibility Thermoplastic Striping, another Road Safety and Signing Audit project and a guardrail safety audit and replacement. 
 
 
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Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1)
 
 Senate Bill 1 logo
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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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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2015-2035 Nevada County Regional Transportation Plan
 
 
2016 Final Nevada County RTP cover page
 
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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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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SR 49 Corridor System Management Plan
 
Highway 49
 

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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California State Budget
California State Budget
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.