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 Commission’s 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 region’s 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 MTC’s 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 MTC’s monthly partnership meetings.

Urbanized Area Eligible Operator(s) MTC Recommended Operator
Fairfield existing Fairfield-Suisun Transit Vallejo Transit Fairfield
Gilroy-Morgan Hill new Caltrain Peninsula Joint Powers Board Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Caltrain and VTA
Livermore new Altamont Commuter Express (ACE) Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA) LAVTA (and ACE when regional requirements have been met)
Napa existing Napa VINE Napa VINE
Petaluma new 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 existing Vacaville Transit Fairfield Suisun Vacaville Transit
Vallejo new 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 MTC’s recommendations, we provide the following additional information:

are being taken by Petaluma Transit toward achieving federal grantee status
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.

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.


Steve Heminger
Executive Director


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

Maria Brandwein/VTA
3331 North First Street, Bldg. B
San Jose, CA 95134-1927

Stacey Mortensen/ACE
P. O. Box 31360
Stockton, CA 95213-1360

Barbara Duffy
1362 Rutan Court, Suite 100
Livermore, CA 94550-7318

Nina Rannells/GGBHTD
P. O. Box 9000, Presidio Station
San Francisco, CA 94129-0601

Peter Engel
804 Soscol Avenue, Suite 200
Napa, CA 94559-1346

Jim Ryan
Petaluma Transit
City of Petaluma
555 North McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954-2311

Bryan Albee
Sonoma County Transit
355 West Robles Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95407-8126

Alan Nadritch
Benicia Transit
City of Benicia
250 East L Street
Benicia, CA 94510-3285

Charlie Anderson
Western Contra Costa County Transit Authority (WestCat)
601 Walter Avenue
Pinole, CA 94564-2659

Helmut Schatz
American Canyon Transit
100 Benton Way
American Canyon, CA 94503-4253

Trent Fry
Vacaville Transit
650 Merchant Street
Vacaville, CA 95688-6908

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