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Report ID: 19-317   
Type: Consent
Meeting Body: Board of Directors - Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 10/9/2019 Final action: 10/9/2019
Recommended Action: Consider authorizing the General Manager or his designee to file and execute applications with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program to support two planning efforts.
Attachments: 1. STAFF REPORT, 2. Master Minute Order
TO: AC Transit Board of Directors
FROM: Michael A. Hursh, General Manager
SUBJECT: FY 2020-21 Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program

ACTION ITEM

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

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Consider authorizing the General Manager or his designee to file and execute applications with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the Fiscal Year 2020-21 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program to support two planning efforts.
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STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE:

Goal - Convenient and Reliable Service
Initiative - Service Quality

An award of a Caltrans grant for either project would permit the District to address travel speed and reliability from two perspectives: improved technologies and the equitable deployment of transit services and infrastructure investments.

BUDGETARY/FISCAL IMPACT:

The District is applying for approximately $500,000 in Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant funds. If awarded, the District will be required to contribute 11.47 percent local match of up to $64,780. District funds will be used for the local match.

BACKGROUND/RATIONALE:

Caltrans has released the FY 2020-21 Sustainable Planning Grant Program call for projects. The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program has been created to support the Caltrans's mission to provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California's economy and livability. The funds are available for eligible projects sponsors under two broad categories of Sustainable Communities and Strategic Partnerships. Only Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Transportation Planning agencies are eligible project sponsors for the Strategic Partnerships grant funds. Therefore, the District is applying for the Sustainable Communities funding. Statewide, $25 million in SB1 funds are available.

Staff intends to apply for grant funding for two planning efforts. The two planning efforts are
1. An Intelligent Transportation Systems (...

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