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Policy Advisory Committee
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Friday, June 11, 2021
10:00 AM

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



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POLICY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Policy Advisory Committee will consider all items on the agenda.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.

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

JOINT Transportation Technical/Policy Advisory Committee

A.
Caltrans Report (Caltrans) [INFORMATION]

I.TRANSPORTATION CONSENT ITEMS

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.

A.
Executive Minutes of May 14, 2021 [APPROVE]

Exhibits:

B.
2021 FTA Section 5310 Funding Resolution 2021-19 (Peggy Arnest) [ACTION]

Summary:  On May 27, the Fresno COG Policy Board approved the recommendations for the 2021 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 program of projects.  FTA is asking for a resolution for the project recommendations. 

Action: Staff and the SSTAC request that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board adopt resolution 2021-19.   

C.
Regional Housing Needs Allocation Member Jurisdiction Survey Results (Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary: State law requires Fresno COG to survey its member jurisdictions for data regarding the required objectives and factors for developing the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan. The survey was conducted in March. A summary of the results is included in the report linked below.

Fresno COG RHNA Member Jurisdiction Survey Results

Additional information regarding the sixth-cycle RHNA Plan can be found on Fresno COG’s RHNA webpage. Contact Meg Prince with any questions at mprince@fresnocog.org.  

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

D.
Fiscal Year 2021-22 Local Transportation Fund (LTF) Final Estimates (Les Beshears) [ACTION]

Summary:  The final, estimated 2021-22 Local Transportation Funds (LTF) apportionment have been updated to the Department of Finance’s May population release. The County Auditor/Controller has estimated the fiscal year 2021-22 Local Transportation Funds (LTF) apportionment at $43,000,000. This represents a $3,392,432 (9 percent) increase from last year's estimate.

Action:  Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board adopt resolution 2021-29 adopting the 2021-22 Local Transportation Funds (LTF) final apportionment.

E.
Fiscal Year 2021-22 State Transit Assistance (STA) Final Estimates (Les Beshears) [ACTION]

Summary:  The final 2021-22 State Transit Assistance (STA) apportionment estimate has been updated to the Department of Finance’s May population release. The State Controller’s Office has estimated the fiscal year 2021-22 State Transit Assistance (STA) apportionment at $8,349,702. This is down $1,507,242 (15 percent) from the May 2020 final estimate and reflects the SB 878 methodology, requiring the State Controller’s Office to distribute STA.

Action:  Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-27, adopting the 2021-22 State Transit Assistance (STA) final apportionment.

F.
Fiscal Year 2021-22 State of Good Repair (SGR) Final Estimates (Les Beshears) [ACTION]

Summary:  The final 2021-22 State of Good Repair (SGR) apportionment estimate has been updated to the Department of Finance’s May population release.  The State Controller’s Office has estimated the fiscal year 2021-22 State of Good Repair (SGR) apportionment at $1,785,808. This is up $208,902 (13 percent) from the May 2020 final estimate and reflects the SB 878 methodology, requiring the State Controller’s Office to distribute SGR. 

Action:  Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-28 adopting the 2021-22 State of Good Repair (SGR) final apportionment.

G.
Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area Short-Range Transit Plan Fiscal Year 2022-2026 Resolution 2021-26 (Todd Sobrado) [ACTION]

Summary:  The Short-Range Transit Plan (SRTP) for the Fresno-Clovis urban area is the annual update to the operating plan and capital programs for Fresno Area Express (FAX) and Clovis Transit.  The SRTP promotes a comprehensive, coordinated and continuous planning process for transit service in the Fresno-Clovis Metropolitan Area (FCMA). It represents a short-range, transit needs evaluation and proposes specific recommendations for long-range objectives in Fresno COG's Regional Transportation Plan.  The Plan will guide transit service in the metropolitan area over the next five years. 

Action: Staff and SSTAC request the TTC/PAC recommend that, following a public hearing, the Policy Board adopt Resolution 2021-26, approving the Fresno Clovis Metropolitan Area Short-Range Transit Plan.

H.
New Member Appointment and Re-appointments for the Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee (Todd Sobrado) [ACTION]

Summary:  Fresno COG’s Policy Board formed the Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee (SSTAC) in May 1988 to: respond to state legislation, coordinate social service transportation, assist the Board in identifying transit needs throughout Fresno County, review and recommend action for Fresno COG to address at its unmet transit needs hearing, and advise Fresno COG on any other transit issues.  The Board appoints SSTAC members for two-year terms.

Nominated for reappointment to the Council is: Hector Medina – Fresno County Department of Social Services

Article III, Section 99238 of the Transportation Development Act requires a minimum number of SSTAC members in specific categories.  There is no maximum number specified in the TDA, and in the interest of diversity, staff is seeking additional nominations.  Specifically, staff is seeking members who represent minority groups, social service providers for seniors, and potential transit users.  A complete list of SSTAC members is included in the agenda package.

Action:  Staff requests that the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve reappointing Hector Medina to SSTAC.

I.
Urban and Rural Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) Operations, Program & Budget, Fiscal Year 2021-22 (Todd Sobrado) [ACTION]

Summary:  The 2021-22 operations program and budget (OPB) for both the Fresno urban and rural Consolidated Transportation Service Agencies is available at fresnocog.org.  The document is designed to provide an overview of how and in what manner the CTSAs will be providing service over the next fiscal year.  The OPB’s 30-day review process began on May 13 and the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) approved the document on May 18.

Action:  Staff and the SSTAC request that the TTC/PAC recommend the Fresno COG Board approve resolution 2021-23 for the rural CTSA, and resolution 2021-22 for the urban CTSA, adopting the urban and rural Consolidated Transportation Service Agencies' operations programs and budgets.

J.
Clovis Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (CTSA) Operations, Programming & Budget, Fiscal Year 2021-22 (Amy Hance) [ACTION]

Summary: The Clovis Consolidated Transportation Service Agency’s (CTSA) operations program and budget (OPB) FY 2021-22 for the Clovis urban area is available at fresnocog.org.  It provides an overview of how and in what manner the Clovis Consolidated Transportation Services Agency will provide service over the next fiscal year.  The OPB 30-day review process began on May 13, and was approved by the Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee (SSTAC) on May 18.

Action: Staff and SSTAC request the TTC/PAC recommend that the Fresno COG Board adopt Resolution 2021-21 adopting the Clovis Consolidated Transportation Service Agencies' Operations Programs and Budgets.

K.
Notice of Availability for the Draft Version of the Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study (Braden Duran) [INFORMATION]

Summary: Fresno COG, in partnership with Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC), is conducting a study to determine State Route 41's future transportation needs in the City of Fresno, as well as the southern segment in Madera County. In addition, the study is analyzing future transportation needs along the Avenue 9 corridor in Madera County between SR 41 and SR 99. This project began in July 2020.

The study is recommending sustainable improvements to address residents' transportation needs in both counties for issues such as: mobility, access, safety, and connectivity for all modes of travel, including automobiles, transit, walking, and rolling/cycling.

The draft study and all other project documents are available for public review and comment at: https://www.fresnocog.org/project/fresno-madera-state-route-41-and-avenue-9-sustainable-corridors-study/

The online information center is live throughout the project, and can be accessed at: https://www.ibiviz.com/41_9InfoCenter/

The final study, incorporating all comments, will be brought to the TTC/PAC/Board in July for acceptance.

For questions or comments, please contact Braden Duran at bduran@fresnocog.org

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

L.
TAMP Financial Planning Workshop Summary (Suzanne Martinez) [INFORMATION]

Summary: At the request of a committee member, a summary of Caltrans’ May 24, 2021 Financial Planning TAMP (Transportation Asset Management Plan) workshop is included in this agenda to provide member agencies with a clearer view of the content, significance and impact the discussion outcomes could have on local agencies.

The key workshop topic for local agencies involved the way project information is reported to the state (through the State Controller’s Office), and then ultimately to the federal government, and how the reported information provided to the State by local agencies may need future upgrades/enhancements.

Workshop presenters illustrated a few financial reporting challenges for the previous TAM Plan:

  • Spending on National Highway System (NHS) assets in California is not tracked as a separate expenditure for either the State or local governments.
  • Federal regulations require expenditures to be categorized into five work types (i.e., initial construction, maintenance, preservation, rehabilitation and reconstruction)
  • Moving forward, improvements are needed in reporting expenditures to meet federal requirements

As such, some reporting enhancements that may be needed in the future include:

  • Identify projects as being NHS or not at the project level
  • Reporting expenditures separately for pavement and bridges
  • Identify projects by the five federal work types

At this point, none of the reporting adjustments are compulsory; however, Caltrans seemed to suggest that local agencies should start thinking about ways these reporting adjustments can be implemented since these specifics can provide a higher level of accuracy in TAMP data.

For further information on the various workshops Caltrans plan on holding regarding the 2022 TAMP update, please visit: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/asset-management/virtual-workshop-series-for-the-2022-tamp-update.

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

II.TRANSPORTATION ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS

A.
Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy

1.
Draft Action Element Outline (Jennifer Soliz/Meg Prince) [INFORMATION]

Summary:  The Action Element is a required Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) component that describes the programs and actions necessary to implement the RTP's goals and policies. It will consist of short and long-term activities that address regional transportation issues and needs and will address all transportation modes. Fresno COG is the responsible agency for all actions but will collaborate closely with partnering agencies to ensure the actions are implemented.

The Draft Action Element Outline has been developed to support the vision, overarching goals, and supporting policies of the approved draft Policy Element. The Draft Action Element has been consolidated and updated to align with the Policy Element. The Action Element and Policy Element will be combined to provide a more cohesive document and will also be consistent with the Financial Element to identify investment strategies, alternatives, and project priorities.

The Draft Action Element is available for public review and will be presented to the RTP Roundtable for approval in June. Please send comments to Jennifer Soliz at jsoliz@fresnocog.org or Meg Prince at mprince@fresnocog.org by June 18.

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

B.
Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act of 2021 and 2020 Highway Infrastructure Program Funding (Jennifer Soliz) [ACTION]

Background: Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act of 2021: Enacted on Dec. 27, 2020, the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) appropriates $10 billion for the Federal Highway Administration to apportion to state departments of transportation. On Jan. 15, the Federal Highway Administration made the apportionments available and issued additional guidance on Feb. 24. Under the Act, funds may be used for a broad range of surface transportation purposes listed in Section 113(b) of Title 23 of the U.S. Code, and are meant to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus”. California’s apportionment is $911.8 million and is available until Sept. 30, 2024. The CRRSAA funds will be split 60/40 with 60% for the state (State Highway Operations and Protection; and Interregional Transportation Improvement Program) and 40% for regional programs. From the regional portion, the funding was further split and distributed between STIP and STBG programs. The funding distribution was approved at the March CTC meeting, and guidance for the STIP and STBG programs was approved at the May California Transportation Commission meeting. Fresno COG received $9,295,806 in CRRSAA funds. Another $4,760,313 in State Transportation Improvement Program funding will be included in the next Regional Transportation Improvement Program and will be brought back to the Policy Board for approval later this year. The $4,535,493 STBG distribution and the program guidelines will follow the STBG provisions of Title 23.

Highway Infrastructure Program: The fourth cycle of the Highway Infrastructure Program (HIP) apportionments was announced in January. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) distributes HIP funding to states, which are required to coordinate with the relevant metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) as required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. HIP follows the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG)provisions of Title 23, and for the previous three cycles, Fresno COG funded STBG projects from the STBG contingency list. Fresno COG's apportionment for the 2021 HIP cycle is $812,858.

CRRSAA and HIP program funds will not be included as part of the annual allocation of federal funding to the Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and funds will not be included in Fresno COG's annual obligation authority targets. Both program funds must be obligated by September 2024, or they will be lost to the region and state. Since both programs follow the provisions of Title 23 and align with STBG eligibility, Fresno COG staff recommends adding $4,535,493 of CRRSAA funds and $812,858 of HIP funds to the 2021-22 STBG regional bid program. Available funding for the STBG regional bid program would be $18,504,655.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve allocating CRRSAA funds distributed by STBG and 2020 HIP funding to the 2021/22 STBG regional bid program.

C.
2021/2022 CMAQ and STBG Guidelines, Application Packets, and Call for Project Initiation (Jennifer Soliz/Braden Duran) [ACTION]

Summary: The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) and Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) programs are authorized in the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) and are the cornerstones for transportation funds distributed to regions. 

Fresno COG, acting in its role as a metropolitan planning organization (MPO), is responsible for programming future federal transportation revenues for the Fresno region in the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP). CMAQ and STBG funds are reimbursable federal-aid funds, subject to the requirements of Title 23, United States code. 

Program guidelines describe the policy, standards, criteria, and procedures for developing, managing, and adopting Fresno COG’s CMAQ and STBG programs. The 2021/2022 CMAQ and STBG programs will cover four years of programming, 2022/23 through 2025/26. CMAQ and STBG funds are distributed by both regional bid and through a targeted performance program. The competitive, regional bid funding is based on scoring criteria and evaluated by a scoring committee. Targeted performance program funding is available to Fresno COG’s member agencies and can be used in a variety of ways, including to enhance awarded regional bid projects by supplementing regional bid funds or bolstering against cost overruns. Additionally, the program assists in providing member agencies support in accelerating their prioritized projects that help Fresno COG meet its performance targets, San Joaquin Valley regional commitments, and FAST Act requirements. Together, the two programs will distribute over $63 million during this two-year cycle.

The Fresno COG Programming Subcommittee met each month in February through May to update and finalize guidelines, application packets, and scoring criteria for the upcoming 2021-22 CMAQ and STBG calls-for-projects. Updates for both programs include funding distribution language updates, adding language regarding scope changes, updates to the expedited project delivery policy, and minor changes to the applications. A targeted performance program leveraging category was added to both programs' scoring criteria. The programming subcommittee approved the adjustments to the scoring criteria.

The CMAQ and STBG program guidelines and application packets can be found on Fresno COG's website. Upon Board approval of the application packets, the call-for-projects will be initiated. 

Action: Staff and the programming subcommittee request that the TTC/PAC recommend the Board approve the CMAQ and STBG guidelines and application packets and initiate the call-for-projects on June 24.

D.
Fiscal Year 2021-22 Unmet Transit Needs Assessment Findings Report (Todd Sobrado) [ACTION]

Summary:  Under California's Transportation Development Act, Fresno COG's Policy Board must determine that public transportation needs within Fresno County will be reasonably met in fiscal year 2021-22 before approving Local Transportation Fund claims for streets and roads. The Fresno COG Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC) is responsible for evaluating unmet transit needs. 

Each year the SSTAC begins soliciting comments by sending approximately 400 letters to agencies and individuals interested in providing feedback on their public transportation needs within Fresno County. The request for comments letters, in English and Spanish, was sent in February 2021.

Usually, outreach occurs in the form of six formal meetings split evenly between Fresno County urban and rural communities. Because of the extraordinary circumstances brought on by COVID-19, public outreach was virtual and broken down into two components; virtual meetings and an online survey.

The virtual meetings -- five on Zoom and one on Facebook -- took place throughout the day on Feb. 25, and March 2. Attendance ranged from a few to a handful of participants per meeting. They were an excellent forum for transit agency staff to engage in meaningful dialog with members of the public. Relevant comments were added to the list of public comments received.

The second component of public outreach was an online survey. Fresno COG ran a digital marketing campaign between Feb. 9 and March 2, targeting Facebook users within Fresno County. While there was modest participation in the virtual events, most of the feedback came from the online survey. Stakeholders and the public submitted 67 comments, including a letter from Leadership Counsel. A summary of the comments received includes:

  • Several requests for transit service to Clovis Community College. 
  • Feedback about recent route changes to the FAX fixed-route network. 
  • Comments about service between outlying rural communities and the Fresno metropolitan area.

A public hearing for the Unmet Transit Needs Assessment was held at the last Fresno COG Policy Board meeting on April 29. Two public comments were received. They have been added to the attached Unmet Transit Needs Assessment for 2021-2022.

After a thorough review of all comments and issues, the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC), at its April 20, 2021 meeting, found an unmet transit need in Fresno County that is reasonable to meet.

Action: Staff and SSTAC request the TTC/PAC recommend the Board adopt resolution 2021-20, approving Fresno COG's 2021-22 Unmet Need Assessment and find that there are unmet transit needs, including needs that are reasonable to meet.

E.
Measure C Renewal Update (Tony Boren) [INFORMATION]

Summary: Staff will provide a verbal update regarding ongoing Measure C renewal efforts at the committee and staff levels.

Action: Information and discussion.

III.ADMINISTRATIVE CONSENT ITEMS

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.

A.
Contracts

1.
Regional Transportation Planning Agencies Valleywide Coordinator (Roberts Phipps) [ACTION]

Summary: Sigala, Inc. of Clovis has provided administrative support and coordination services to the San Joaquin Valley Regional Transportation Planning Agencies for the last 11 years. The duties include organizing and producing the agendas and minutes for the Valley COG Directors group and San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, assisting with special projects and initiatives, organizing the SJV Policy Conference, planning Valley Voice trips to Washington and Sacramento, and other duties as required.

At their May 2021 meeting, the Valley COG Directors voted to extend Sigala, Inc.'s contract through 2022 at a rate of $125,000 plus expenses.  This represents a $10,000 reduction from 2021, owing to unused time on the current contract. While Fresno COG administers the contract, the cost is split on a pro-rata basis with each of the other seven Valley COGs.

Action: Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve an extension to Sigala, Inc.'s contract through June 30, 2022, at a rate not to exceed $125,000 plus supported expenses.

2.
Circuit Planner and Engineer Program Contract Renewal / Extension (Meg Prince) [ACTION]

Summary: Since 2019, Rincon Consultants Inc., along with subconsultants Collins & Schoettler and VSCE, have served as Fresno COG’s circuit planner and engineer. The circuit planner and engineer team provide planning and project delivery assistance to the smaller cities and the County, and work to complete smaller transportation-related projects that support the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS).

Circuit planner and engineer tasks have included: grant writing assistance, feasibility studies, technical reports, intersection operations analyses, and active transportation and Safe Routes to Schools plans and studies. 

Staff is requesting authorization to amend the circuit planner and engineer contract to add $100,000, as is typically granted each fiscal year. This recommendation is included in the adopted 2021/22 budget.

To submit a new project for consideration, or for more information on the program, contact Meg Prince at mprince@fresnocog.org.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize $100,000 and extend the contract with Rincon Consultants Inc. to June 30, 2022. 

3.
San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Technical Assistance Contracts (Robert Phipps) [ACTION]

Summary: Fresno COG serves as the fiscal agent for the San Joaquin Valley Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Committee, which is responsible for distributing nearly $19 million in state housing planning funds. Those funds are intended to assist member jurisdictions and regional planning agencies prepare for the sixth-cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process.

To date, approximately $5.5 million has been reserved for tasks, activities and deliverables intended of a Valleywide scope and benefit among all eight counties.  In January, the Policy Board approved the initial project, a comprehensive housing report detailing an inventory of available residentially zoned land uses across all jurisdictions, along with demographic data, potential impediments to housing, best practices and recommendations.

Phase two of Valleywide activities, tasks and deliverables includes $1.5 million in technical assistance work to assist jurisdictions in updating housing elements, zoning codes, infrastructure planning, GIS mapping and other assistance on an as-needed basis.

After receiving statements of qualification from 10 consultant firms, staff requested abbreviated proposals that included rate sheets and additional detail on eligible planning activities for this phase. Of those proposals, four have been selected to move forward to contract at this time for a combined total cost not to exceed $925,000.   Those four consultants are:

AECOM: $225,000

Mintier-Harnish: $250,000

Precision Engineering: $200,000

Quad Knopf: $250,000

Action: Staff recommends four, separate actions:

1. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Mintier-Harnish at a cost not to exceed $250,000 to provide technical assistance to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program.

2. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Quad Knopf at a cost not to exceed $250,000 to provide to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program.

3. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with AECOM at a cost not to exceed $225,000 to provide technical assistance to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program.

4. Staff requests that the PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to sign a contract with Precision Engineering at a cost not to exceed $200,000 to provide technical assistance to San Joaquin Valley jurisdictions through the REAP program.

4.
Modeling On-call Contract with RSG (Kristine Cai) [ACTION]

Exhibits:

Summary: Fresno COG's activity-based model (ABM) was developed in 2019 by RSG. The ABM has been applied in COG's planning activities such as Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) development, SB 743 Regional Guidelines development, corridor studies, traffic impact studies, transportation conformity demonstration, etc. RSG has been retained since 2019 to provide technical assistance in areas such as troubleshooting, staff training, and special scenario development, such as COVID 2020 base conditions. Continued technical assistance is needed from RSG in FY 21/22 to help Fresno COG staff with 2022 RTP/SCS-related modeling. The tasks include but are not limited to induced demand quantification, environmental justice modeling support, and integrating telecommute strategies, etc.

Attached is the proposed scope of work for the on-call contract with RSG. 

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend the on-call modeling contract with RSG in an amount not to exceed $20,000.

5.
WSP – RTMF On-Call Contract 2021-22 (Les Beshears) [ACTION]

Summary:  Fresno Council of Governments administers the regional transportation mitigation fee (RTMF) for the Fresno County Transportation Authority pursuant to an MOU.  WSP, formerly Parsons Brinkerhoff, developed the nexus for the RTMF and provides statutory five-year updates. Staff also keeps an annual $50,000 contract for “on-call” services in case issues arise while implementing the fee program.

Action: Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to extend the WSP contract into 2021-22 for $50,000. 

6.
Better Blackstone Design Challenge Contract Extension (Peggy Arnest) [ACTION]

Summary:  Fresno Metro Ministry has been working on the Better Blackstone Design Challenge. The deliverables include extensive community outreach, multi-disciplinary design team scenario work, drafting design plans of over 500 parcels along Blackstone Avenue, developing an investor economic/real estate analysis spreadsheet tool, and conducting both a traffic assessment of the future impacts to SR 41, and an Urban Footprint analysis of the design recommendations. 

The project is proceeding as planned and will continue into the 2021-22 budget year with no additional cost associated with this extension.

Action: Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend the contract term for this project to June 30, 2022 at no additional cost.  

7.
Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study Contract Extension (Braden Duran) [ACTION]

Summary: Fresno COG, in partnership Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC), contracted IBI Group for study to determine State Route 41's future transportation needs in the City of Fresno, as well as the southern segment in Madera County. In addition, the study is analyzing future transportation needs along the Avenue 9 corridor in Madera County between SR 41 and SR 99. This project began in July 2020. The study will recommend sustainable improvements to address residents' transportation needs in both counties for issues such as: mobility, access, safety, and connectivity for all modes of travel, including automobiles, transit, walking, and rolling/cycling.

The project is in its final stages, including draft plan now released for public comment, and will continue into the 2021-22 budget year with no additional costs.

Action: Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend IBI's contract term for the Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study to June 30, 2022, at no additional cost.

8.
On-Call Contract with LSA (Kristine Cai) [ACTION]

Summary: LSA assisted staff in developing Fresno COG's SB 743 Regional Guidelines in 2020. LSA has been under contract with Fresno COG to provide technical assistance with SB 743-related issues. The scope of work includes troubleshooting the VMT tools & mapping, improving methodology and project-specific assistance. Fresno COG has a $10,000 on-call contract with LSA in FY 2020-2021 and will need the assistance from LSA for the next fiscal year. 

Action: Staff requests that the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve adding $5,000 to the existing contract with LSA for FY 2021-2022, for a total of $15,000. 

9.
On-call Contract with NCE (Kristine Cai) [ACTION]

Summary: NCE assisted nine Fresno County local governments in implementing a pavement management system in 2019 through a multi-jurisdictional pavement management program that Fresno COG funded. In 2020-21, NCE was retained to provide technical assistance related to that system. The on-call contract with NCE for FY 2020-2021 is for $10,000; however, the contract term will need to be extended into FY 2021-22 to ensure service continuity.

Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board extend the on-call contract with NCE into FY 2021-2022 with no additional funding.

B.
Fresno County Rural Transit Agency Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [ACTION]

Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-24 adopting the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency's 2021-22 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $9,298,267.

C.
City of Reedley Transportation Authority Transportation Development Act Claim (Les Beshears) [ACTION]

Staff requests the TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve resolution 2021-25 adopting the City of Reedley's 2021-22 Transportation Development Act claims totaling $1,269,397.

IV.ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS

V.OTHER ITEMS

A.
Items from Staff

B.
Items from Members

VI.PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

A.
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 three minutes.