Senate Bill (SB) 1 Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017

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SB 1 Funding Programs

Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP)

The purpose of the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program is to provide funding to achieve a balanced set of transportation, environmental, and community access improvements to reduce congestion throughout the state. This statewide, competitive program makes $250 million available annually for projects that implement specific transportation performance improvements and are part of a comprehensive corridor plan by providing more transportation choices while preserving the character of local communities and creating opportunities for neighborhood enhancement.

Regional transportation planning agencies, county transportation commissions and Caltrans are eligible to apply for program funds through the nomination of projects. All projects nominated must be identified in a currently adopted regional transportation plan and an existing comprehensive corridor plan. The Commission is required to score and select submitted applications based on the following criteria:

  1. Safety;
  2. Congestion;
  3. Accessibility;
  4. Economic development, job creation and retention;
  5. Air pollution and greenhouse gas emission reductions;
  6. Efficient land use;
  7. Level of matching funds; and
  8. The ability to complete the project in a timely manner.

SB 1 requires preference to be given to comprehensive corridor plans that demonstrate collaboration between Caltrans and local or regional partners, reflecting a comprehensive planning approach. No more than half the available funding each year can be awarded to projects nominated exclusively by Caltrans.

Eligible project elements within the corridor plans may include improvements to state highways, local streets and roads, rail facilities, public transit facilities, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and restoration or preservation work that protects critical local habitat or open space. Program funds cannot be used to construct general purpose lanes on a state highway. Capacity increasing projects on the state highway system are restricted to high-occupancy vehicle lanes, managed lanes, and other non-general purpose lane improvements for safety and/or operational improvements for all modes of travel. Examples are auxiliary lanes, trucks climbing lanes, or dedicated bicycle lanes.

The Commission intends to adopt guidelines for the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program at its December, 2017, meeting. The guidelines are in the process of being created in consultation with the California Air Resources Board, regional transportation planning agencies, and other transportation stakeholder groups. Prior to adoption of the guidelines, the Commission will have conducted numerous public workshops throughout the state to solicit input and feedback. This will include two hearings as required by SB 1, one in northern California and one in southern California. The Commission will transmit the draft guidelines to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the transportation policy committees in the Senate and Assembly 30 days prior to adoption. A call for projects is anticipated in December 2017, with project applications due to the Commission in February 2018.

SCCP Statutory Language

SCCP Background Documents

Corridor Plans/Programs

Section 43 of SB 1 cites five examples of a more comprehensive approach to improving congestion in highly traveled corridors. Each of these corridor plans and/or programs differ in their size, scope, and focus. Below is a listing of the corridors referenced in the bill along with applicable web links to obtain more information about them.

"The North Coast Corridor improvements along Route 5 and the parallel rail corridor in the County of San Diego."
"The Route 91 and Metrolink rail corridor improvements in the County of Riverside."
"Emerging solutions for the Route 101 and Caltrain corridor connecting Silicon Valley with San Francisco."
"Multimodal approaches for the Route 101 and SMART rail corridor between the Counties of Marin and Sonoma."
"Comprehensive solutions for the Route 405 Corridor in the County of Los Angeles."

CTC SCCP Contact

For additional information on the Solutions for Congested Corridors Program, please contact:

Teresa Favila
Associate Deputy Director
California Transportation Commission
Phone: (916) 653-2064