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M e m o r a n d u m
DISTRICT DIVISION CHIEFS FOR PLANNING
DISTRICT SINGLE FOCAL POINTS
PROGRAM MANAGERS FOR
Design and Local Programs
Date :October 1, 1999
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
|Subject:||Nominations for Advanced Project Development under AB 1012|
In anticipation that Governor Davis will sign AB 1012 into law, we are requesting your help in identifying projects eligible for advanced project development work under the provisions of Section 14529.01, Government Code (proposed). Please use the attached template to provide your list of candidate projects to Scott McGowen, Transportation Programming, by October 18, 1999.
AB 1012 adds "an advance project development element to the state transportation improvement program, beginning with the 2,000 State Transportation Improvement Program." The Legislature intends this provision to produce a steady flow of construction projects that would help reduce the cash balance. It does not increase funding available for transportation projects. For this reason, projects must be carefully selected to ensure consistency with near-term improvement strategies as contained in the Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (ITSP) and deliverability. When you nominate a project, you are committing your District to complete a final draft of the PSR (or PSR-EQ) by December 1, 1999, and to a fully approved PSR (or PSR-EQ) by February 1, 2000. While the Department will be working with the Commission on an expedited PSR process, please anticipate no process or procedural changes for the purpose of workload adjustment for the time being.
You are encouraged to use the "Focus Routes and Corridors - 20 Year Development Strategy," distributed by Transportation Planning on May 26, 1999, and the 1998 ITSP as bases for identifying projects. In addition, improvements on High Emphasis Routes and Interstates overall should be considered when they principally benefit interregional trips or the through-movement of five-plus axle trucks. Your staff may already have PSRs underway for these projects, and you should certainly include them among your candidates. Preliminary indications are that there may be as much as S94 million available in advanced programming capacity for project development work on ITIP-eligible projects, and as much as $281 million for work on RTIP-eligible projects.
Please use the following, criteria to evaluate projects for advance project development in the ITIP process:
Please work with regional agencies to identify projects that they would propose to advance through the RTIP process. Regional agencies or county commissions will likely ask you to prepare expedited PSRs and PSR-EOs for regional priority projects on state routes. We support your continuing efforts to coordinate with regional agencies, and encourage you to accommodate reasonable requests and provide oversight of locally prepared documents. You may need to negotiate schedule changes for regional documents you're working on for use in the 2002 STIP, including expediting some documents to meet the purposes of AB 1012.
Thank you for your assistance. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
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