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Transportation Technical Committee


Friday, April 12, 2019
8:30 AM

COG Sequoia Conference Room
2035 Tulare St., Suite 201, Fresno, CA

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The Transportation Technical Committee will consider all items on the agenda.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

TTC agenda and annotated agenda in PDF format - ALL EXHIBITS ARE AVAILABLE ON WEBSITE


About Consent Items:

All items on the consent agenda are considered to be routine and non-controversial by COG staff and will be approved by one motion if no member of the Committee or public wishes to comment or ask questions.  If comment or discussion is desired by anyone, the item will be removed from the consent agenda and will be considered in the listed sequence with an opportunity for any member of the public to address the Committee concerning the item before action is taken.

Executive Minutes of March 8, 2019 [APPROVE]


County of Fresno Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]

Action:  Approve Resolution 2019-06 adopting the County of Fresno's 2018-19 Transportation Development Act claim for $7,327,747.

2019 Unmet Transit Needs Process April Update (Todd Sobrado) [INFORMATION]

Summary:  Last month, Fresno COG presented an update on the 2019 Unmet Transit Needs process. In the interim, staff has completed its public outreach and is drafting the written report. 

Staff will be holding the public hearing for the 2019 Unmet Transit Needs process at the next Fresno COG Policy Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Feedback so far pertains to the need for better bus stops and infrastructure in rural and unincorporated areas, as well to the BRT and recent route changes.

  • All comments will be discussed and evaluated by the Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC).
  • SSTAC has received no written comments to date. 

Action:  Information only.  The Committee may provide additional direction its discretion.

2019-20 Local Streets and Roads Project Lists Due to CTC May 1, 2019 (Jennifer Soliz) [INFORMATION]

Summary:  Prior to receiving an apportionment from SB 1’s Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (RMRA), a city or county must submit to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) an adopted list of projects proposed with these funds by May 1 of each year. The attached checklist provides additional assistance to cities and counties with adopting and submitting their project lists to the CTC, per Streets and Highways Code (SHC) Section 2034(a)(1). The 2019 Local Streets and Roads Funding Program Reporting Guidelines and additional program materials are available on the Local Streets and Roads Program web page. (

All projects proposed to receive funding must be adopted by resolution at a regular public meeting each fiscal year. The adopted list of proposed projects should, at a minimum, include any new projects to be funded with that fiscal year’s apportionment and any projects previously listed that will continue to receive funding in the coming fiscal year (i.e. multi-year funded projects).  At a minimum, the proposed project details must include the elements mandated by SHC 2034 (a)(1): description, location, schedule for completion and useful life elements.

While the online tool CalSMART requires more project information than required for project adoption, there must be a clear connection between the proposed projects and those entered online. The standard project list format that was created in CalSMART will be the only submittal method accepted for funding eligibility.

All cities and counties will have an opportunity to identify changes to their project list in the Annual Project Expenditure Report, due to the CTC on October 1 each year.


Action: Information only. The Committee may provide further direction at its discretion.

Notice of Funding Availability - SB 2 Planning Grants Program (Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the SB 2 Planning Grants Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $123 million. The Planning Grants Program provides one-time, over-the-counter grants to local governments to update a variety of planning documents and processes that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.

Over-the-counter applications will be accepted for an eight-month period ending on November 30, 2019.

As part of the Planning Grants Program, HCD, in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, will work with a team led by Placeworks to provide local technical assistance (TA) to applicants throughout the application period. The TA team will work closely with regions, sub-regions, and counties to help jurisdictions identify activities and provide tools that will accelerate housing production. For more information, email

To learn more, register to attend one of HCD’s NOFA workshops, or visit the SB 2 Planning Grants webpage for more information.


Date and Time


California Department of Housing and Community Development

2020 West El Camino Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95833

Room 402


April 10, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Redding City Hall

777 Cypress Avenue

Redding, CA 96001

City Council Chambers


April 11, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Los Angeles

Southern California Association of Governments

900 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1700

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Regional Council Room


April 25, 2019

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

HCD Webinar


May 1, 2019

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 Action: Information. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.

2019 FTA Section 5310, Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program Application Released for the Fresno/Clovis Urbanized Area (Peggy Arnest) [INFORMATION]


Summary: Fresno COG receives FTA Section 5310 Program funds for the Fresno Metropolitan Area, which provides capital and operating assistance for transportation projects that meet the needs of seniors and individuals with disabilities. The funds may be used for projects where public mass transportation services are otherwise unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate; that exceed the requirements of the ADA; that improve access to fixed-route service and; that provide alternatives to public transportation.

Fresno COG released an application for Section 5310 funding in the Fresno/Clovis urbanized area on April 11, 2019. The deadline for applications is May 16, 2019.  Approximately $745,658 will be available for traditional capital projects and approximately $82,851 for other capital and operating projects, for a total of $828,509.  For more information, see or contact Peggy Arnest at or 559-724-9218.

Action:  Information only.  The Committee may provide further direction at its discretion.

Easement and Planning Grant Application (Trai Her-Cole) [INFORMATION]

Summary: The California Department of Conservation has issued the 2018-19 Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Planning Grant, whose intent is to protect agricultural lands under threat of conversion.

Agricultural Conservation Easement applications must be preceded by a pre-proposal, whose deadline is April 17. All other full applications are due September 13 for the following investment types:

  1. Agricultural Conservation Easements – Grants to protect important agricultural lands under threat of conversion through voluntary, permanent agricultural conservation easements.
  2. Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Planning Grants to develop and implement plans for protecting agricultural lands at risk of conversion to non-agricultural uses.

Planning grants are limited to $250,000 each. There is no maximum amount for easement grants.

Program guidelines and application may be found at:

Action:  Information only.  The Committee may provide further direction at its discretion.

Fiscal Year 2019 Low-No Emission Notice of Funding (Trai Her-Cole) [INFORMATION]

Summary: The Federal Transit Agency will award an estimated $85 million for the FY 2019 Low- or No-Emission Competitive program to state and local governments for zero-emission and low-emission transit buses and supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.

Eligible projects include:

  • purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
  • acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
  • constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
  • constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
  • rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses

For more information, please see the Full FY 2019 NOFO . Contact Trai Her-Cole, Associate Regional Planner, at or (559) 233-4148 x205 with any questions.

Action:  Information only.  The committee may provide further direction at its discretion.

AARP Community Challenge Grant (Trai Her-Cole) [INFORMATION]

AARP Community Challenge grants can be used to support the following types of projects. Project types described below will be prioritized over those that support ongoing programming or events:

  • Permanent physical improvements in the community
  • Temporary demonstrations that lead to long-term change
  • New, innovative programming or services

The application and complete grant information can be found at Contact Trai Her-Cole, Associate Regional Planner, at or (559) 233-4148 x205 with any questions.

Action:  Information only.  The Committee may provide further direction at its discretion.

Fiscal Year 2019 Innovations in Transit Public Safety Notice of Funding Opportunity (Trai Her-Cole) [INFORMATION]

Summary: The Federal Transit Administration will award $2 million under the Public Transportation Innovation Program for fiscal year 2019. There is a non-federal cost share of at least 20 percent.

The application deadline is May 28, 2019

The program supports innovative projects that address public safety threats on transit systems to reduce human trafficking occurring on transit systems, protect operators from risk of assault, and reduce crime in vehicles and facilities. Eligible applicants include state, local, and tribal governments; public transit agencies; non-profit organizations; or a consortium of those aforementioned entities.

FTA will host an informational webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 on how to apply.

For more information, please see the Full notice of funding opportunity or the Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative Website. Contact Dakisha Spratling at or (202) 366-2530 with questions.

Action:  Information only.  The Committee may provide further direction at its discretion.


GoGo Grandparent Update - (Donna Blocker) [APPROVE]

Summary: In November 2018, Fresno COG's Taxi Scrip program began a six-month pilot program with GoGo Grandparent to provide telephone-based access to mobile application services Uber and Lyft. During the first four months of the pilot program, staff received overwhelmingly positive feedback with the help of 50+ volunteers who received 945 rides as of April 1, 2019.  Staff proposes to extend the pilot program through June 30, 2019, and to launch a rebranded GoGo Grandparent/Measure C Senior Scrip partnership service as of July 1, 2019. No additional funding is required for the pilot extension because the original budget approved by the Fresno COG Policy Board envisioned 90+ volunteers. This new service option would complement the already existing Senor Scrip taxi partnership service.

Staff has provided two reports for the Committee's review:

Report No. 1 Taxi Scrip Survey Response

  • This survey was originally sent in August 2018 to 5,526 seniors to assess overall satisfaction with the current Taxi Scrip Program and the willingness to try a TNC service provider such as Lyft and Uber.

Report No. 2 GoGo Grandparent Pilot Volunteer Response

  • This survey assesses the pilot program's functions and overall satisfaction using service providers Lyft and Uber via GoGo Grandparent. Note: Pilot volunteers were chosen from the original Taxi Scrip survey respondents.

COG Staff is confident that the pilot program has provided seniors a workable electronic service option as requested by the Board.  GoGo Grandparent makes it possible to provide service for urban and rural area seniors without requiring a smartphone or credit card.

Action: Staff requests TTC and PAC recommend the Board approve extending the GoGo Grandparent pilot program through June 30, 2019, with an official launch of the full-time GoGo Grandparent Senior Scrip service option on July 1, 2019.

Housing Legislation Update (Trai Her-Cole/Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: Staff will provide an update on recent draft housing legislation.

Housing Planning and Production Grants Draft Trailer Bill

Governor Newsom’s office released draft language for a budget trailer bill on March 11 that proposes to engage local and regional agencies in a three-year process to revamp the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process and provide $250 million for local housing planning and $500 million in “free money” to local government that meet housing goals.

In his draft budget trailer language, Newsom made the following proposals:

  • The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will create new, short-term goals for new housing production across all regions and jurisdictions. Targets will be based on the sum of three years of a county’s annualized regional housing needs allocation, to be achieved in calendar years 2020 and 2021.
  • $250 million in housing planning money will go to regions and local governments.
    • $125 million will go to regions (presumably councils of governments) to develop regional action plans to assist jurisdictions in meeting short- and long-term housing goals. HCD will make these funds available by August 2019, and action plans are due no later than December 31, 2020.
    • $125 million will be available directly for jurisdictions to assist in activities related to meeting short- and long-term housing goals.
  • An additional $500 million will be available through the “Production and Process Improvement Reward Program” for regions or counties that have demonstrated progress towards increased housing production. These funds may be used for general purposes.
  • By December 31, 2022, HCD and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research will propose an improved RHNA process and methodology that promotes and streamlines housing development.
  • Most controversially, by December 31, 2022, HCD, OPR, and the California State Transportation Agency will propose a way to link housing element compliance and production goals to transportation funds. Beginning July 1, 2023, Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program funds may be withheld from a jurisdiction that does not have a compliant housing element and has not zoned or entitled for its annual housing goals.

The full draft trailer bill language is available on the Department of Finance’s website:

AB 1568 (McCarty) Housing law compliance: withholding of transportation funds.

This bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to notify the Controller of any city or county out of compliance with housing element laws (state law).  This bill would, commencing in 2022–23, prohibit cities and counties from being found in violation of state law to remain eligible for Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program (RMRA) apportionments. For each city and county in violation, RMRA funds would be withheld. 

Action:  Information only.  The Committee may provide further direction at its discretion.

Circuit Planner and Engineer Program Fiscal Year 2019-20 (Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: The Fresno COG Circuit Planner and Circuit Engineer programs are intended to provide technical assistance to Fresno COG member agencies. Such assistance could include, but is not limited to, planning studies, project deliveries, grant applications, environmental documents, engineering services, etc.

The Circuit Planner program has been available since 2012, initially funded with Proposition 84 funds, and the Circuit Engineer program was instated in 2015. Since 2015, VRPA Technologies has served as the Circuit Planner and Willdan Engineering as the Circuit Engineer.

Fresno COG is proposing to release a request for proposals (RFP) in May for a combined Circuit Planner and Engineer program for Fiscal Year 2019-20 with a total contract amount of $100,000. Teams of planning and engineering firms, or firms that provide both types of services, will be encouraged to submit proposals. Combining the programs could provide flexibility in funding, depending on the needs of the member agencies.

If you have questions about the program or a potential project in mind, please contact Meg Prince, Associate Regional Planner, at or (559) 233-4148 x203.

Action: Information. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.

Fresno County Regional Long-Range Transit Plan (Kristine Cai) [APPROVE]

Summary: Fresno COG has been working with transit operators and concerned stakeholders on developing the first regional Long-Range Transit Plan (LRTP) in Fresno County in the last two years. Funded by Caltrans' Sustainable Communities Planning grant, the LRTP aims to develop a long-range vision for public transportation in the region and guide future investment in the public transit system.

The plan envisions "A responsive, integrated and welcoming public transportation system that is safe, affordable, uses innovative technologies, provides equitable access, enhances regional and local mobility, and provides sustainable transportation options." Through a collaborative process, the plan identified strategies and potential projects that will address the region's transit needs and help move it toward achieving the vision. Although fiscally unconstrained, the plan will provide critical input into the future Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS) process. 

A Steering Committee -- which comprised representatives from the three major transit operators, local governments, community organizations and other stakeholders -- provided guidance throughout the process. A public review process was conducted for the draft report, and comments were received from Caltrans and California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). Responses to those comments are included as part of the appendix of the draft final report, available at

The governing boards of the three major transit agencies, Fresno Area Express (FAX), Clovis Transit, and Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA) have endorsed/accepted the draft final LRTP report.

A short presentation will be delivered to the TTC/PAC.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve the Fresno County Regional Long Range Transit Plan.

Obligation Authority and Project Delivery Update (Jennifer Soliz) [INFORMATION]

Summary: On April 1, 2019, Fresno COG submitted the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018/19 Obligation Plan to Caltrans Local Assistance. This plan documents Fresno COG’s estimated schedule for project and fund delivery for FFY 18/19. The overall total obligational authority (OA) for all federal funding sources in FFY 18/19 was $23,244,125.

As of February 28, 2019, $4,198,620 or 17.9 percent of Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) funding has been obligated, leaving our region with an estimated OA balance of $19,228,356. The obligation plan submitted by the local agencies outlines $18,123,301 in combined CMAQ and STBG, which is $1,105,055 short to our target OA.

Agencies with projects scheduled in the Federal Transportation Improvement Program's (FTIP) later years can take advantage of the expedited project selection procedures (EPSP) to deliver their projects early. Post programming adjustments will also count towards our region’s OA delivery, and agencies may use unused CMAQ and STBG discretionary (lifeline) balances if available.  If our region is successful at delivering more than its OA target, we might be eligible to capture additional funds during the statewide open obligation period.  Toll credits may be applicable for project phases that have not been obligated at 100 percent federal reimbursement if residual federal funds are available. Furthermore, if funds need to be reprogrammed and financial capacity is not available, it is possible that projects can become substantially delayed if moved to the outer years of the FTIP.

Member agencies are asked to please keep Fresno COG staff updated on any changes to programmed projects that could possibly impact the region’s project delivery plan. Contact Jennifer Soliz at 559-233-4148 ext. 223 or with any questions.

Action: Information only. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.



Items from Staff

Items from Members


Public Presentations

This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the Committee on items within its jurisdiction but not on this agenda.  Note:  Prior to action by the Committee on any item on this agenda, the public may comment on that item.  Unscheduled comments may be limited to 3 minutes.

JOINT Transportation Technical/Policy Advisory Committee

2020 Census Outreach (Jean Rousseau) [INFORMATION]

Senate Bill 2 Planning Grants Technical Assistance (Sara Allinder) [INFORMATION]