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TRANSPORTATION TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
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
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 April 8, 2022 [APPROVE]
B.Third Quarterly Financial and Work Element Report (Les Beshears) [INFORMATION]
C.Contract Amendment for the Sixth-Cycle Regional Housing Need Allocation Plan (Meg Prince) [APPROVE]
Summary: In October 2020, Fresno COG contracted with PlaceWorks to develop the Sixth-Cycle Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Plan. Fresno COG dedicated a portion of its Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) 1.0 Grant Program funds to developing the RHNA Plan.
Due to additional data collection, analysis, and coordination required for the RHNA Plan, Fresno COG is requesting to amend the PlaceWorks contract to add $11,000 of Fresno COG’s REAP 1.0 funding, for a total contract amount of $239,624.
Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board authorize the executive director to amend the existing contract with PlaceWorks for the Sixth-Cycle Regional Housing Need Allocation Plan for an additional $11,000 for a total contract amount of $239,624.
D.Triennial Performance Audit (Robert Phipps) [ACCEPT]
Summary: The Transportation Development Act's (TDA) Article 4 requires Fresno COG to conduct a triennial performance audit of its own administration and the three transit operators to which Fresno COG allocates funds: Fresno Area Express (FAX), City of Clovis Public Transit, and Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA). Fresno COG also requires a triennial performance audit for the Consolidated Transportation Service Agencies (CTSA) within Fresno County to determine if AB 120's action plan goals are being met. During the audited period, the Fresno County Economic Commission (Fresno EOC) was co-designated with FAX and FCRTA as the CTSA, functioning as a fourth operator. The City of Clovis is the designated CTSA for that community.
The audits are intended to provide an independent, comprehensive review of the recipient’s TDA funds, their management and use. It also provides an opportunity to review service efficiency and effectiveness, and to assure compliance with State requirements using TDA performance indicators. Final audit reports for all are attached to this item.
Action: Staff requests TTC/PAC recommend the Board accept the triennial performance audits for Fresno COG, FAX, City of Clovis Public Transit and Fresno EOC for the three-year period ending June 30, 2021.
E.Measure C New Tech Multidisciplinary Advisory Group Application Availability (Braden Duran) [INFORMATION]
Summary: On April 8, Fresno COG released a request for proposals (RFP) from eligible public agencies for advanced transit and transportation projects that have the potential for broad benefits to Fresno County residents and will assist the region in meeting its air quality goals. Fresno COG and the Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA) are proposing to fund projects of regional significance in the areas of research, development, demonstration, and deployment that will advance public transit and transportation.
The Multidisciplinary Advisory Group (New Tech MAG) will support Fresno COG staff by reviewing, evaluating, and recommending new technology project and program applications for funding. While the New Tech MAG will review, evaluate, and recommend project and program applications for funding, the final decisions will rest with Fresno COG's Policy Board and the Fresno County Transportation Authority.
To aid in project selection, the Policy Board has approved a formal process to solicit and accept members to sit on a New Tech MAG. For this cycle, nominees are still needed from the following categories: City of Fresno, City of Clovis, west side cities, County of Fresno, Measure C Citizens Oversight Committee, FCTA, transit, business, education, and two public seats.
The MAG application is available here: https://www.fresnocog.org/measure-c-new-technology-reserve-fund/. Interested members should fill out the application and send it to Braden Duran at email@example.com for Policy Board consideration. Applications are due by June 17. New Tech proposals will be considered for scoring in August, and MAG members should expect to be available for interviews for each proposal and any additional sessions needed during this month (which may be subject to change).
Action: Information. The committee may provide additional action at its discretion.
F.Access for All Program Call for Projects (Suzanne Martinez) [INFORMATION]
Summary: On April 21, staff released the Access for All (AFA) program call-for-projects. Fresno COG is seeking AFA program proposals from eligible entities to increase on-demand transportation service for people with disabilities within Fresno County. Eligible entities may apply for up to $189,072. Funding is available from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
All proposals must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Monday, May 23.
For more information on the Access for All program, and to download the call for projects guidelines and application, visit https://www.fresnocog.org/access-for-all/.
Action: Information. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.
G.FY 2022-2023 Fresno COG Unmet Transit Needs Assessment Update (Todd Sobrado) [INFORMATION]
Summary: On Tuesday, April 14 the Social Service Transit Advisory Committee (SSTAC) approved Fresno COG's Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) Assessment for fiscal year 2022-23. On April 28, Fresno COG's Policy Board held its public hearing on the matter, drawing no public comments.
Public outreach is an essential part of the Unmet Transit Needs Assessment process. This year’s public outreach consisted of six in-person public meetings: four in the urban area, two in rural areas (Fowler and Kerman), and three virtual events. One of the urban in-person meetings took place on a Saturday to enable transit riders who could not attend an event during the week to participate in a public meeting.
Public outreach for the UTN included flyers sent to the UTN mailing list, and an online survey. The survey ran all of March to receive comments from transit riders who could not attend any of the public meetings. The result was an extensive and meaningful public outreach process that incorporated both urban and rural communities.
The public outreach process generated 12 comments. Of the comments received, four were found to be unmet needs, with none found to be reasonable to meet. A summary of comments received includes:
- Comments about transit between colleges in the urban area.
- Feedback about service between FAX and Clovis
- Feedback about transit support of social services programs, and
- Comments about service between outlying rural communities and the Fresno metropolitan area.
The comments received, transit agency response, and the determination of unmet transit need is contained within the draft Unmet Transit Needs Assessment for Fiscal Year 2022-23 included within this agenda item. This item will return for final determination in June.
Action: Information. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.
H.Fiscal Year 2022-23 Local Transportation Fund (LTF) Final Estimates (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]
Summary: Preliminary LTF estimates are released in February to provide member agencies with information to facilitate their budget process for the upcoming year. The final estimates have been adjusted for the Department of Finance 2022 population numbers and are now presented to the board for adoption. The County Auditor/Controller has estimated the fiscal year 2022-23 Local Transportation Funds (LTF) apportionment at $52,000,000. This represents a $9,100,000 (21 percent) increase from last year's estimate.
Action: Staff recommends adopting Resolution 2022-13 adopting the Final 2022-23 LTF Estimate.
I.Fiscal Year 2022-23 State Transit Assistance (STA) Final Estimates (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]
Summary: Preliminary STA estimates are released in February to provide member agencies with information to facilitate their budget process for the upcoming year. The final estimates have been adjusted for the Department of Finance 2022 population numbers and are now presented to the board for adoption. The State Controller’s Office has estimated the fiscal year 2022-23 State Transit Assistance (STA) apportionment at $11,274,114. This represents a $2,924,412 (35 percent) increase from last year's estimate.
Action: Staff recommends adopting Resolution 2022-14 adopting the Final 2022-23 LTF Estimate.
J.Fiscal Year 2022-23 State of Good Repair (SGR) Final Estimates (Les Beshears) [APPROVE]
Summary: Preliminary SGR estimates are released in February to provide member agencies with information to facilitate their budget process for the upcoming year. The final estimates have been adjusted for the Department of Finance 2022 population numbers and are now presented to the board for adoption. The State Controller’s Office has estimated the fiscal year 2022-23 State of Good Repair (SGR) apportionment at $1,856,930. This is up $71,122 (4 percent) from last year's estimate.
Action: Staff recommends adopting Resolution 2022-15 adopting the Final 2022-23 LTF Estimate.
II.TRANSPORTATION ACTION/DISCUSSION ITEMS
A.Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program of 2021 (REAP 2.0) Advance Application (Meg Prince) [APPROVE]
Summary: The Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program of 2021 (REAP 2.0) builds off REAP 1.0, but expands the program focus by integrating housing and climate goals, and allowing for broader planning and implementation investments, including infrastructure that supports future housing development. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) administers REAP 2.0 in collaboration with the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and the State Air Resources Board (CARB).
Funded by $500 million of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds of 2021 (SLFRF) and $100 million from the State General Fund, REAP 2.0 intends to make funding available to metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and other regional entities for transformative planning and implementation activities that meet housing goals and reduce per capita vehicle miles traveled.
Fresno COG is eligible for $13.6 million in formula funding. COGs may submit an advance application to request up to 10 percent of the funding available to it through the program in advance of a full funding request. The advance funding must be used for regional engagement, education, and outreach in the development of the full funding application.
Fresno COG is drafting the advance application to submit in early June. The advance application will include a request of up to 10 percent of $13.5 million for administration, program development, targeted outreach to disadvantaged and historically underserved communities, and interregional engagement for developing the full application.
HCD is anticipated to release the final REAP 2.0 program guidelines in June 2022, which will provide additional clarification on the eligible uses of funds. The draft REAP 2.0 program guidelines and additional resources are available on HCD’s REAP webpage: https://www.hcd.ca.gov/regional-early-action-planning.
Please contact Meg Prince at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Action: Staff requests that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve Resolution 2022-12, authorizing Fresno COG to submit a REAP 2.0 advance application.
B.Release of 2022 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) Documents and Public Hearing (Kristine Cai) (Information)
Summary: Fresno COG released the following draft documents on April 15 for a 55-day public review:
- The 2022 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS)
- The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 2022 RTP/SCS
- The 2023 Federal Transportation Improvement Plan (FTIP)
- The Conformity Analysis for the 2023 FTIP and 2022 RTP/SCS
The Policy Board will hold a public hearing for these documents during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. on May 26. Staff will host additional public workshops to receive comments regarding the SCS at:
- 5 p.m. May 3 - Selma Senior Community Center, 1710 Tucker St, Selma, CA
- 5:30 p.m. May 19 - Kerman Community Center, 15101 W Kearney Blvd., Kerman, CA
In addition, staff will host two virtual public hearings via Zoom at noon on May 17 and at 6 p.m., May 24. Zoom links will be available at PlanFresno.com.
Public comments are welcomed at the hearings or may be submitted in writing by 5 p.m., June 10 to Kristine Cai at email@example.com.
After public comments are incorporated, the Policy Board is scheduled to adopt all four documents on July 28.
Action: Information. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.
C.Freeway Service Patrol Contract Approval (Suzanne Martinez) [APPROVE]
Summary: The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) has been in continuous operation on segments of the metropolitan area freeway system since September 1993 -- nearly 30 years. FSP is intended to promote smooth traffic flow during peak commute periods by removing disabled vehicles and vehicles involved in minor accidents. The current towing contract ends on June 30. A Request for Proposal (RFP) for towing service for the next five-year period beginning July 1 and ending June 30, 2027 was issued on Feb. 23. It was mailed to all 55 towing companies on the California Highway Patrol Fresno County Tow Rotation List and posted on the Fresno COG website.
Upon request from the California Highway Patrol, the contract will now consist of five patrolling beats instead four. The patrolling distance on Highway 99 has been extended south to American Avenue from its previous southern endpoint at Jensen Avenue due to increased traffic congestion near the Amazon Fulfillment Center off Central Avenue. As a result of the extended patrolling distance, the Highway 99 beat has now been split in two separate beats.
Other aspects of the program remain unchanged. The five beats continue service Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) from 7 to 9 a.m., and from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. each day.
Staff received only one proposal. Historically, few towing companies have submitted proposals, possibly because of the program's strict requirements. In particular, these requirements include the financial resources necessary to purchase and equip the required trucks, and retaining drivers who can pass background checks and meet other qualifications.
Reyna Towing, the current FSP towing provider, is proposing an hourly rate of $117 for 6,250 hours of service per year (five hours/day/beat x five beats x 250 days/year = 6,250 hours/year). The $117.00/hour rate represents a 27% increase over the current contract's hourly rate, but is consistent with the increased percentages for this program across the state.
The selection committee, comprising a representative of each of the FSP partners -- the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans and the Fresno COG -- unanimously recommended that Reyna Towing continue to provide FSP towing service for the next five-year period. This recommendation is based on several factors:
- Reyna Towing has provided consistent excellent service during the three years they have been the FSP towing provider. There have been no penalties assessed against them and survey responses are highly complementary of the service provided and the drivers who provide the service.
- They are financially strong, purchasing five new trucks for the service including the required back-up truck.
- They have a team of experienced drivers that have been with the program and will continue with the program.
Action: Staff recommends that TTC/PAC authorize the Fresno COG Executive Director to enter into a contractual agreement with Reyna Towing in an amount not to exceed $731,250.00/year for five years beginning July 1, 2022 and ending June 30, 2027.
D.2023 Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 6 Guidelines, Resolution 2022-11 (Suzanne Martinez) [APPROVE]
Summary: The State established the Active Transportation Program (ATP) in September 2013. ATP funding is distributed as follows:
- Fifty percent to the State for a statewide competitive program (“Statewide Competitive ATP”);
- Ten percent to the small urban and rural area competitive program, managed by the State; and
- Forty percent to the large urbanized area competitive program, with funding distributed by population and managed by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (“Regional ATP”).
Fresno COG is responsible for developing guidelines for the regional ATP and for recommending projects to the California Transportation Commission. The Regional ATP Guidelines substantially follow those of the CTC but include some differences based on the region’s priorities. Fresno COG developed the guidelines in consultation with Fresno COG’s ATP Multidisciplinary Advisory Group (MAG), which includes representatives from Caltrans, other government agencies, and active transportation stakeholder organizations with expertise in public health and pedestrian and bicycle issues, including Safe Routes to School programs. The California Transportation Commission (CTC) is scheduled to approve the guidelines at its June meeting.
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) adopted final 2023 ATP Guidelines on March 16. There were only relatively minor changes at the statewide level from cycle 5 to cycle 6, consisting of new and revised language in various program categories. Considerable program changes include:
- Revisions to Quick Build project requirements
- Applicants requesting ‘disadvantaged community’ status using National School Lunch Program must use 2019-2020 data.
- New language included requiring project design and selection explanations for projects near high traffic volume roadways that describe project air pollution exposure mitigation measures
A few minor differences remain between the statewide guidelines and Fresno COG’s regional guidelines. These differences include:
- Revise the ‘maximum funding encouraged’ amount from $2 million to $3.5 million or less per project.
- No minimum funding requirement
- Quick Build projects are not eligible
- Eliminate scoring criteria for medium- and large-sized infrastructure projects and score all projects using the small infrastructure criteria
- Allow applicants to submit scalability plans for medium or large infrastructure projects submitted to the state.
Fresno COG will hold a supplemental call-for-projects using the Regional ATP scoring criteria and have a regional scoring committee. Applicants may apply for either the State ATP program or Regional ATP program, or both. Fresno COG encourages all ATP projects to be submitted to the State ATP competitive program, although it is not required. Projects not selected for programming in the statewide competition must be considered in the regional competition.
The statewide competitive call for projects is now open, and applications will be due to Caltrans on June 15. Once CTC approves the Regional ATP Guidelines (June 29-30), the regional call for projects will open, with applications due Nov. 18. Regional ATP documents are included for review and approval and will be posted to fresnocog.org. Enclosures for this item include:
- Resolution 2022-11
- Final Draft Regional ATP Guidelines
- Fund estimate
- Supplemental application
The electronic ATP Cycle 6 applications and other guidance documents can be found at: https://dot.ca.gov/programs/local-assistance/fed-and-state-programs/active-transportation-program/cycle6. Please contact Suzanne Martinez via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 559-233-4148 ext. 240 with any questions.
Action: Staff and the MAG request that TTC/PAC recommend the Policy Board approve Resolution 2022-11 adopting the Fresno COG Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program Guidelines.
E.FINAL 2022-23 Fresno COG Overall Work Program and Budget (Robert Phipps) [ACTION]
The fiscal year 2022-23 Overall Work Program (OWP), totaling $48,152,677, is submitted for Board consideration and adoption. The proposed budget increased $12.49 million from last year, largely attributable to $7.8 million in anticipated funding from the Regional Early Action Plan (REAP) funds provided by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Operational revenues remain intact, reserves are adequate, and the agency continues to operate within the bounds of prudent management.
The proposed budget increased $2.04 million from the draft budget that was released for review in February. Approximately $2 million of this is attributed to the new WE 174 Inland Port Feasibility Phase IV. In addition, $226,896 in State Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account funding from WE 166 (Transit On-Board Survey) was transferred to WE 177 (Regional Microtransit Feasibility Study), and WE 940 (Freeway Service Patrol) was increased $41,250 pursuant to a formal request-for-proposals process.
In addition to the nearly $8 million in anticipated REAP funding, Fresno COG's member agencies agreed to contribute $2 million to fund a multijurisdictional housing element. Another significant factor explaining the increase is that the budget contains fully funded, multi-year projects, and as these “one-time” funds are spent they are not reflected in subsequent years’ budgets. Generally, operating expenses are not affected this way.
Federal revenues increased 5 percent ($598,000). Included in this is $337,753 in additional FHWA Planning funds, which was programmed in the newly created WE 174 Inland Port Feasibility Phase IV. The budget also includes a new $1 million federal Accelerator Grant (RIA) to provide for phase three of the California Inland Port. Meanwhile, FTA 5310 apportionments decreased $771,000, reflecting newly purchased buses distributed to transit operators last year.
State revenues increased 80 percent, primarily due to the REAP grant.
Local revenues increased 26 percent ($3.7 million), largely due to financial commitments for the multijurisdictional housing element
Staffing & Benefits:
There are no new Fresno COG planning positions included in this year’s proposed budget; however, several positions turned over last year, reflecting younger employees at lower salary and benefit rates. Contingencies are carried for merit-based salary increases as well as for anticipated health insurance increases. The overall proposed budget for salaries increased by 3 percent and benefits by 1 percent.
The overall consulting budget is $16.5 million, an increase of $5.4 million. New consulting projects and other direct cost are discussed more fully in the executive memo provided in the agenda.
Action: Staff requests that the TTC and PAC recommend the Policy Board approve the FINAL 2022-23 Overall Work Program and budget.
F.Measure C Renewal Update (Tony Boren) [INFORMATION]
Summary: Staff will provide a short update on the Measure C renewal process and timeline.
Action: Information and discussion. The Committee may provide additional direction at its discretion.
A.Items from Staff
B.Items from Members
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