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Transportation Technical Committee

Friday, September 11, 2020
8:30 AM

COG Ash 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


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Permit Streamlining (Kielan Rathajen, GO Biz) [INFORMATION]


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 July 10, 2020 [APPROVE]


Fourth Quarter Financial and Work Element Report (Les Beshears)
City of Kerman Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]

Approve Resolution 2020-29 adopting the City of Sanger's 2020-21 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $1,421,668.

City of Sanger Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]

Approve Resolution 2020-31 adopting the City of Kerman's 2020-21 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $814,731.

City of Orange Cove Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]

Approve Resolution 2020-32 adopting the City of Orange Cove's 2020-21 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $531,787.

City of Mendota Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]

Approve Resolution 2020-33 adopting the City of Mendota's 2020-21 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $513,058.

Ecointeractive Contract Adjustment (Suzanne Martinez) [APPROVE]

Summary:  Fresno COG leases EcoInteractive's web-based software FresnoTrak to manage millions of dollars of federal aid construction projects in Fresno County.  FresnoTrak provides online interactive coordination between member agency project sponsors and Fresno COG staff to ensure federal requirements are met.

Staff renegotiated a more beneficial contract term than was presented originally in June 2020. The new contract term allows for a cost-savings of at least $48,000 over a three-year term.

Action:  Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to revise the renewed Ecointeractive contract for an amount not to exceed $190,060 for a three-year term starting July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023.

Addition of Youth Position to Environmental Justice Subcommittee (Trai Her-Cole) [APPROVE]

Summary: The Environmental Justice Subcommittee supports Fresno COG’s Transportation Technical Committee (TTC). This subcommittee assists Fresno COG staff in setting thresholds for environmental justice populations for the Environmental Justice Report within each Regional Transportation Plan. 

The subcommittee includes 11 positions to provide a full, diverse and equitable representation of the region's environmental justice populations.

 The current positions include:

  • Local agency-urban
  • East side local agency-rural
  • West side local agency-rural
  • Fresno County
  • A representative from each of the four major minority populations in Fresno County:
    • Hispanic
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian
  • Low income
  • Senior (65 or older)
  • Persons with disabilities

At the June Policy Board meeting, the Board requested a position representing the youth community be added to the EJ Subcommittee. The application to the subcommittee is attached, and any participants wishing to apply may submit an application by October 9 to

Action: Staff requests that the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board add one seat to the EJ Subcommittee representing the youth community.

Circuit Planner and Engineer Update (Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: This is an update on tasks underway through Fresno COG's Circuit Planner and Engineer Program, which provides technical assistance to the small cities in Fresno County. Such assistance may include, but is not limited to: planning studies, delivering projects, grant applications, environmental documents, engineering services, etc.

Zoning Evaluation Tool and Model Zoning Ordinance

Several jurisdictions requested updates to their zoning code to comply with recent State laws and numerous new State zoning requirements in the last few years. Cities may have also adopted a new General Plan or amendments that create inconsistencies with their zoning ordinance, or their codes are just out of date, not user friendly, or are not accomplishing city goals.

Rincon Consultants, the Circuit Planner, developed an online tool that allows cities to assess their zoning ordinance and provide a list of sections that need to be updated. The tool is being further refined, but is available as of September 9, 2020, at the link below. The circuit planner is available for any questions or comments about the tool or zoning ordinances.


Rincon and Collins & Schoettler are also developing model zoning code sections for cities to update their zoning code based on evaluation results. These two tools are to work together to first identify needed areas for update, and then provide templates for updating those sections that can be customized to fit the individual cities.

Please contact Meg Prince at for any project assistance needs or questions about the program.

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

Regional Transportation Safety Improvement Plan (Trai Her-Cole/Santosh Bhattarai) [INFORMATION]

Summary: Fresno COG initially designated funding in WE 148 from FY 19/20 SB 1 Formula Planning Grant funds to conduct a Transit On-board Survey. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, transit ridership significantly decreased and would be too low for a statistically valid on-board survey. Therefore, the project advisory committee recommended terminating the project.

Following Caltrans' direction, Fresno COG is reallocating the remaining funds from the Transit On-board Survey to develop a Regional Transportation Safety Improvement Plan. To address safety issues and reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities, the four "Es" of safety countermeasures are used: engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response. Through discussions with Fresno COG's member agencies and other partners, it’s clear there is concern over regional traffic safety and a need for a more detailed analysis of incident causes and locations. During the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) development, traffic safety was a large concern for Fresno County residents. Fresno COG's Safety Target Subcommittee meets a few times each year to discuss regional traffic safety and sets federal safety performance targets. The safety plan will assist in reducing fatalities and serious injuries, as well as achieving a safer transportation system for all motorized and non-motorized users in Fresno County. The safety plan will also support California's Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and in meeting the Strategic Highway Safety Plan's (SHSP) vision and goals.

The plan will include a spatial analysis of road traffic accidents by incident type for the Fresno County region, as well as provide a multi-modal safety report (motor vehicle, bike and pedestrian). It will include a comprehensive analysis of historical collision data in Fresno County, and identify trends, location characteristics, and contributing factors in each of the SHSP's challenge areas. The plan will identify countermeasures for urban and rural areas by mode and develop implementation strategies for the countermeasures. This process will include a robust public outreach component to engage disadvantage and hard to reach communities to collect input on safety concerns and recommendations for potential improvement and develop a Traffic Safety Education Program.

This project will be divided into two phases for a total of $210,000. Under WE 148, $174,959 will fund phase one. WE 140 is a new work element and would fund phase two with $35,041 from the 2020/21 SB1 Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program.

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

San Joaquin Valley Climate Adaptation Workshop (Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is hosting a virtual workshop on 9/17 from 1 - 2:30 pm for San Joaquin Valley local government staff and other interested stakeholders to gain familiarity with the state’s 2020 Adaptation Planning Guide (APG) and regulations, region-specific resources such as examples of agricultural adaptation strategies and water/hydrology projection tools, state extreme heat and public health tools, and more resources housed on the Adaptation Clearinghouse. OPR will also provide participants the opportunity to give feedback on the draft online, interactive version of the APG. 

Register for the workshop today and spread the word! Don’t forget to download the PDF version of the APG and explore the Beta version of the online, interactive APG.

An additional opportunity to engage and learn about additional resources is to attend OPR’s introductory webinar on Equitable Adaptation Resources on September 9. 

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


Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy

RTP 2022 Public Opinion Survey Report (Brenda Veenendaal) [ACCEPT]

Summary:  In May 2020 Fresno COG hired Rea & Parker Research to conduct an opinion survey of Fresno County's residents.  Participants were to be reflective of Fresno County’s demographics, including Spanish speaking and rural representatives.

Rea & Parker Research was tasked with ranking 10 defined community values and nine transportation funding priorities from the sample population. Along with these value and funding priority questions, the survey was planned to include population demographics and trip/travel characteristics.

Rea & Parker conducted a telephone survey with 650 people who responded to the survey.  The telephone sample was supplemented by 300 respondents to an online survey that, when added to the telephone sample, improved the overall survey margin of error to +/- 3.2 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. 

The survey report summarizing the final results is attached for review. The consultants will provide a brief presentation during the committee meeting.

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

2022 RTP Project Scoring Criteria (Suzanne Martinez) [APPROVE]

Summary: The RTP Programming Technical Working Group has developed draft project scoring criteria for the 2022 RTP.  The attached document represents the result of three meetings, where participants reviewed the guidelines from the 2018 plan and updated them for this round. Substantive changes were made, including  criteria adjustments, points awarded per question, how criteria apply to the various project modes, and general verbiage updates throughout.

One significant change from the last plan's criteria is how submitted projects will be categorized. In the previous plan, each project belonged to only one of five modes (bike & pedestrian, capacity increasing, maintenance, operations, or transit), and each project was evaluated strictly by the criteria applicable to the chosen mode.  This round, the working group alllowed for multi-modal projects to be evaluated by all applicable criteria, which provides for more flexibility in how projects are scored and funded.

COG staff is grateful to those who participated in the working group for their focused and detailed engagement in this highly technical process.

Staff presented the the draft scoring criteria to the RTP Roundtable at its August 26, 2020 meeting, and the RTP Roundtable voted to recommend approving the draft scoring criteria.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend that the Policy Board approve the draft 2022 RTP Project Scoring Criteria.

2020 Transportation Needs Survey Outreach (Brenda Veenendaal) [INFORMATION]

Summary:  Fresno COG's 2020 Transportation Needs Survey will provide an opportunity for the Fresno region's residents to submit transportation project needs/suggestions via an online portal. Those projects could, in turn, become part of the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The survey will launch by September 8 and close October 15, 2020. Outreach will be conducted in English, Spanish and Punjabi, with translation and interpretation services provided by RTP mini-grant groups. All of the transportation suggestions received will be translated (where needed) and relayed to local agencies for review and consideration. The effort will conclude prior to the RTP call for projects release on November 1, 2020.

The Transportation Needs Survey will be advertised through various means by mini-grant organizations and Fresno COG staff. Invitations and requests for project suggestions will be posted to websites, emailed to databases and shared through social media posts and advertising. Some virtual meetings are being scheduled as well. Dates and times for those will be forwarded to the Committee when finalized. 

The online survey will request that participants drop a marker on a map of Fresno County to show where their suggested project is or would be located. Then participants will be asked to describe the transportation need/suggestion, attach a photo of the area if available, and answer relevant demographic questions. 

Fresno COG is looking for additional outreach opportunities through committee membership. All such opportunties should be communicated to Brenda Veenendaal at  Staff will provide the Committee a brief presentation.

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

Consultant Selection for Legal Services for the Development of the 2022 RTP/SCS, Program Environmental Impact Report, and Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan (Meg Prince) [APPROVE]

Summary: Fresno COG released a request for proposals on August 10 for legal assistance with three planning efforts over the next couple of years – the 2022 RTP/SCS, the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for the RTP/SCS, and the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan.

In the last RTP cycle, the attorney that was on the PEIR contract provided legal counsel for the RTP/SCS as well. Fresno COG staff believed it was beneficial to have an experienced attorney available to help with questions regarding procedures, review documents and public notices, and to help respond to comment letters.

The 2022 RTP/SCS cycle is occurring in tandem with the state-mandated 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan (or “RHNA”), the process through which new housing units that our region must zone accordingly are distributed among local governments. Fresno COG staff believes it would be beneficial to have legal counsel for this effort as well.

Proposals were due on August 31, and Fresno COG received one proposal from Best Best & Krieger (BB&K). A consultant selection committee comprised of representatives from the County, Fresno, Reedley, Mendota, FCRTA, and the RTP Roundtable reviewed the proposal and all concurred that BB&K is well qualified for the scope of legal counsel. A few of the selection committee members have had personal experience working with BB&K, which was all positive. Additionally, BB&K provided legal counsel for development of the 2018 RTP/SCS and corresponding Program EIR and were very knowledgeable and responsive.

The contract amount is not to exceed $75,000 and is expected to kick off in October.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend that the Policy Board authorize the Executive Director to enter into an agreement with Best Best & Krieger for legal counsel the 2022 RTP/SCS, Program EIR, and 6th Cycle RHNA Plan in an amount not to exceed $75,000.

Delegated Authority Authorization for Upcoming Formal Federal Transportation Improvement Plan/Regional Transportation Plan (FTIP/RTP) Amendment and Corresponding Conformity Analysis (Suzanne Martinez / Braden Duran) [ACTION]

Summary: Fresno COG is proposing a draft 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program Amendment No. 12, a draft 2018 Regional Transportation Plan Amendment No. 3, and the draft Corresponding Conformity Analysis.

While developing this amendment, Fresno COG staff and its air quality consultant worked to solve conformity analysis issues that arose from the SAFE Vehicle Rule adjustment factors. Staff ultimately achieved a passing result, but after a considerable delay, which put Fresno COG behind schedule with the other SJV MPOs, which are also processing type 5 amendments.

Consequently, staff is requesting that the Board grant delegated authority that authorizes the Executive Director to approve the upcoming formal Type 5 FTIP/RTP amendment and its corresponding air quality conformity analysis. Staff has already released the amendment for a 30-day public review period earlier this month (September 3, 2020 through October 2, 2020), with a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, September 16. The draft package is attached to the agenda. Once all public comments are sufficiently addressed, this action would give the executive director the authority to approve the documents and submit to Caltrans/FHWA directly for state/federal approval.

Delegated authority would accelerate the approval time by about a month, considering staff would not be delayed until October’s regularly scheduled COG Policy Board Meeting. This would help keep the original schedule on track with the other SJV MPOs and speed up state/federal approval. It would also alleviate any further delays for projects awaiting amendment approval to proceed.

If recommended for approval today, staff will bring the director-approved formal Type 5 amendment to the TTC, PAC, and Board as an informational item in October 2020.

Action: Staff requests that the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board grant delegated authority authorizing the executive director to approve the upcoming formal Type 5 FTIP/RTP amendment and corresponding conformity analysis that was released for public comment on September 3, 2020.

Measure C New Technology Funding Recommendations (Peggy Arnest) [APPROVE]

Summary:  Fresno COG released the Measure C 2020 application for New Technology funding on April 10, 2020. Staff received four applications requesting approximately $8.2 million against an available $5.38 million.  On August 21, the scoring committee met to interview the applicants and discuss the applications. The following is a list of the applications and the funding recommendations:

For more information and links to the applications, please click HERE

The scoring committee included:


2020 Member Name

City of Fresno

Jill Gormley

City of Clovis

Shelby Elia

East-side City

Rob Terry

West-side City

John Jansons

County of Fresno

Gloria Hensley


Sheila Hakimipour 


Jesus Larralde Muro


Todd Sobrado


Diana Sedigh-Darbandi

Measure COC

Gail Miller


Joseph Oldham


Matthew Gillian

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve the New Technology scoring committee recommendations for funding and forward to the Fresno County Transportation Authority to enter into contracts with the applicants in the amounts recommended.

Blackstone/Shaw Study Final Report (Peggy Arnest) [ACCEPT]


Summary: The Blackstone/Shaw Activity Center (BSAC) Project was funded by federal planning dollars and was requested by the City of Fresno to identify and assess transportation improvements in service of mixed-use development in the project area as envisioned in the City of Fresno General Plan. 

To complement the envisioned land use changes and built environment, the Blackstone/Shaw Activity Center Project identified and analyzed transportation projects that would:

  • Increase access and safety along the corridor for all travel modes and users, including the elderly, disabled, low-income, students and youth;
  • Address deficiencies in the existing street design that are incompatible with the planned land uses outlined in the General Plan and impact business opportunities and performance in the project area;

It also recommended projects that would:

  • Improve multi-modal access and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as transit riders;
  • Enhance potential sidewalk and streetscape to support pedestrian comfort, access to transit, and access to businesses and services.

In addition, the project evaluated 11 intersections in the vicinity and assessed the following transportation improvements:

  • New traffic signals at the following intersections:
    • Blackstone Avenue & the Yosemite Falls Driveway
    • Blackstone Avenue & Santa Ana Avenue
    • Shaw Avenue & Effie Street – This intersection was not recommended by Caltrans because the traffic study showed possible queueing backing up on the SR 41 mainline during peak hour traffic
  • Pedestrian half-signal at Shaw Avenue & Glenn Avenue
  • Converting the outside motor vehicle lanes on Blackstone Avenue in each direction to business access and transit (BAT) lanes
  • Leading pedestrian intervals for signalized intersections of Blackstone Avenue between San Jose Avenue and Santa Ana Avenue

The BSAC project provided the City of Fresno with several sidewalk widening alternatives, each with various funding scenarios. Also included are alternatives for providing a separated bikeway along Blackstone with several specific suggestions on how these bikeways could be constructed in conjunction with the BRT stations.

The project also included an opinion of probable costs, a funding matrix and an estimate of right of way necessary to complete projects that will help the City with future grant applications.

Attached is the Final Summary Report for the BSAC project.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board accept the Blackstone/Shaw Activity Center Project final summary report.

Fresno COG 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan: Consultant Selection and Update (Meg Prince) [APPROVE]



Fresno COG is required to develop a methodology and allocation plan to distribute the housing need determined by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to jurisdictions within the region (Government Code Section 65584). Each local jurisdiction must then update the Housing Element of its General Plan in accordance with the community’s housing needs.

Senate Bill 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) strengthened the coordination between housing and transportation planning and amended the RHNA schedule and methodology to align with Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS). Fresno COG’s 2022 RTP/SCS development will happen in tandem with the sixth cycle RHNA process.

The next RHNA Plan for Fresno County is due to the State in August 2022. Historically, Fresno COG has prepared the RHNA plan in-house via coordination with its member jurisdictions and HCD. For the sixth cycle RHNA plan update, however, Fresno COG is seeking a qualified consultant to complete the project, because new State requirements have made the RHNA plan development more complex, and new funding is available for RHNA development from HCD through the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grants program.


Fresno COG released a request for proposals in June for the RHNA process and received two proposals. A consultant selection committee comprising representatives from the County, Clovis, Fresno, Kerman, Reedley, and Fresno COG conducted consultant interviews on August 21.

The consultant selection committee unanimously chose PlaceWorks as the preferred consultant to assist with the sixth cycle RHNA process. PlaceWorks is a leader in housing planning in California, has experience developing RHNA plans, and has a strong track record of building consensus among agencies and stakeholders.

PlaceWorks’ original bid was for $186,400; however, Fresno COG requested that PlaceWorks add an optional $12,118 task if any appeals are filed regarding a local jurisdiction’s allocation. If no appeals are filed, the funds will not be spent. The cost estimate including the optional task is $199,748.


Staff will convene a RHNA subcommittee comprising local government representatives and key stakeholders to advise Fresno COG in developing an allocation methodology. It’s anticipated that the RHNA subcommittee will meet seven times, with the first meeting in October 2020. Fresno COG will reach out to potential subcommittee members once the contract with PlaceWorks is executed and will keep the website up to date with relevant information for those interested in the process.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to enter into an agreement with PlaceWorks to produce the sixth cycle RHNA Plan for an amount not to exceed $199,748.


Items from Staff

Items from Members


Public Presentations

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JOINT Transportation Technical/Policy Advisory Committee

Caltrans Report (Caltrans) [INFORMATION]