Mr. Tom McDonnell
Caltrans/Division of Mass Transportation
September 4, 2002
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September 4, 2002
Mr. Tom McDonell, Chief
California Department of Transportation
Division of Mass Transportation
P.O. Box 942874, MS-39
Sacramento, CA 84273-0001
RE: Recommendation for Designated Recipients of FTA Section 5307 for 2000 Census Defined Small Urbanized Areas in the MTC Region
Dear Mr. McDonell:
This letter in response to your request of August 9, 2002 soliciting the Metropolitan Transportation Commissions assistance to identify designated recipients for the FTA Section 5307 funds in the four newly designated small urbanized areas (UA) as defined by the 2000 census: Gilroy-Morgan Hill, Livermore, Petaluma, and Vallejo.
The following table lists the possible candidates for all seven of the small urbanized areas (UA) located within the MTC region. This table was developed to illustrate the considerable overlap and consequent need for funding coordination between the regions small transit operators in both the prior existing urbanized areas and newly defined urbanized areas, and clearly communicate this to our transit partners and Caltrans staff. The most difficult challenge ahead will be to determine how to apportion the FTA Section 5307 small urbanized area funds in areas with more than one operator.
The first column lists both prior existing and newly established urbanized areas within the MTC region. The second column of the table outlines the eligible operators within the designated small UAs developed through a GIS mapping system. The third column is MTCs recommendation of which operators should actually receive FTA Section 5307 apportionments, which was formed through a series of communications with concerned operators and discussions at MTCs monthly partnership meetings.
MTC Recommended Operator
Fairfield-Suisun Transit Vallejo Transit
Gilroy-Morgan Hill new
Caltrain Peninsula Joint Powers Board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
Caltrain and VTA
Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA)
LAVTA (and ACE when regional requirements have been met)
Golden Gate Bridge and Highway Transportation District (GGBHTD) Petaluma Transit Sonoma County Transit
Golden Gate and Sonoma County Transit (and Petaluma when local and federal requirements have been met)
Vacaville Transit Fairfield Suisun
Vallejo Transit Benicia Transit Napa VINE American Canyon Transit Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (Westcat)
Vallejo Transit, Benicia Transit, Napa VINE, and Napa VINE on behalf of American Canyon
To clarify MTCs recommendations, we provide the following additional information:
- No changes to the established small urbanized areas of Fairfield, Napa, and Vacaville are being recommended at this time because of well established operating relationships and funding arrangements between previously established operators and other transit properties operating within these UAs.
- Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) is not being recommended as a designated recipient in the Livermore area because they have not sufficiently met MTCs requirements to participate in regional funding. Specifically, they have not developed a Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) nor have they submitted the level of project detail required for MTCs Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
are being taken by Petaluma Transit toward achieving federal grantee status
- Petaluma Transit is not being recommended as a recipient at this time because they are not an established federal grantee. MTC has been advised that steps
and is likely to be established within three years. In the meantime, Sonoma County Transit or Golden Gate could act as a pass-through agency on behalf of Petaluma Transit.
- Western Contra Costa Transit Authority (WestCat) is not a recommended recipient in Vallejo because of the relatively small number of operating miles within the Vallejo UA. WestCat is also eligible to claim funds in the San Francisco/Oakland large UA.
MTC would like to participate with your staff and the designated operators to
cooperatively develop an amenable distribution of the small UA FTA Section 5307 funds.
Please call Kate Miller of my staff at 510-464-7722 if you have any questions.
cc: Kevin Daughton/Fairfield-Suisun Transit
City of Fairfield
2000 Cadenasso Drive
Fairfield, CA 94533-6803
Pam Belchamber/Vallejo Transit
City of Vallejo
P. O. Box 3068
Vallejo, CA 94590-0658
Ian McAvoy/Caltrain JPB
P. O. Box 3006
San Carlos, CA 94070-1306
3331 North First Street, Bldg. B
San Jose, CA 95134-1927
P. O. Box 31360
Stockton, CA 95213-1360
1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100
Livermore, CA 94550-7318
P. O. Box 9000, Presidio Station
San Francisco, CA 94129-0601
804 Soscol Avenue, Suite 200
Napa, CA 94559-1346
City of Petaluma
555 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954-2311
Sonoma County Transit
355 West Robles Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95407-8126
City of Benicia
250 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510-3285
Western Contra Costa County Transit Authority (WestCat)
601 Walter Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564-2659
American Canyon Transit
100 Benton Way
American Canyon, CA 94503-4253
650 Merchant Street
Vacaville, CA 95688-6908
Joint Finance Working Group
Partnership Technical Advisory Committee