OneBayArea Grant (OBAG)
The OneBayArea Grant Cycle 2 (OBAG 2) is a grant program administered through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). OBAG 2 can fund transportation projects and/or programs that reduce traffic congestion and/or improve air quality. OBAG 2 can fund both projects (physical infrastructure) and programs. Projects and programs submitted for consideration must be eligible to receive federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds and must be sponsored by a public agency.
On September 14, 2016, the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) issued a Call for Projects for OneBayArea Grant Cycle 2 (OBAG 2) projects. OBAG 2 is a grant program for funding transportation projects that reduce traffic congestion and/or improve air quality. Details of the call for projects are:
Projects and/or programs must be sponsored by a public agency capable of delivering the project/program.
♦ Complete applications must have been submitted to the STA no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 18, 2016. (STA OBAG 2 Schedule)
Project applications must have included the following:
o Signed cover letter
o Completed STA OBAG 2 Evaluation Checklist for Applicants
o Completed MTC Complete Streets Checklist
o Completed STA Project Delivery Sheet
Projects and programs submitted for consideration must be eligible to receive federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds and meet the additional requirements found in Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Resolution 4202. See
Projects and/or programs must be a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Solano Comprehensive Transportation Plan project or program, a Regional Transportation Plan project already submitted by STA, or a specific project listed in a draft or final STA plan.
A total of $4,646,003 is available. Funds are available in fiscal years 2017-18 through 2022-23.
STA held two public workshops on October 12, 2016.
1. The first was held from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m., and included a presentation on priorities by each of the STA's citizen-based advisory committees.
2. The second workshop was a part of the regular STA Board meeting, and began at 6:00 p.m.
Members of the public were invited to attend and participate in both workshops.
For information regarding received applications please see this staff report to the STA Board for their December 14, 2016 meeting.
RM2 (Regional Measure 2 Bridge Toll)
On March 2, 2004, Bay Area voters passed Regional Measure 2 (RM2), raising the toll on the seven State-owned bridges in the Bay Area by $1. This extra dollar funds various transportation projects within the region that reduce congestion or funds improvements to travel in the bridge corridors. The projects are specifically identified in Senate Bill (SB) 916. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) manages the RM2 funding for projects and programs, and the STA coordinates Solano County capital and express bus operating RM2 projects.
TFCA (Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program)
The Solano County 40% Program Manager TFCA Funds are provided by a $4 surcharge on motor vehicles in the Bay Area. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is responsible for administering the Bay Area Regional TFCA program and partners with the STA to administer the 40% Program Manager TFCA Funds.
Approximately $320,000 is available annually to qualifying applicants on a competitive basis. The STA Board completed this year’s TFCA cycle on April 9, 2008 by approving the following clean air projects:
Solano Safe Routes to School Program - $116,262
Solano Napa Commuter Information Alternative Services Program - $207,253
For more information about the Regional TFCA program, visit the BAAQMD's webpage.
Staff Contact: Robert Guerrero, STA (707) 424-6014 firstname.lastname@example.org
BAAQMD (60% Regional TFCA Program)
YSAQMD (Clean Air Program)
SBPP (Solano Bike and Pedestrian Program)
The Solano Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (SBPP) funds bicycle and pedestrian projects through three funding sources: Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article-3 funds, Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian funds through MTC's Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program (RBPP), and Eastern Solano Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.
Staff Contact: Sara Woo, STA (707) 399-3214 email@example.com
LTP (Lifeline Transportation Program)
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) created a Bay Area regional Lifeline Program to fund projects that result in improved mobility for low-income residents throughout the Bay Area. The Lifeline Program supports community-based transportation projects that are developed through a collaborative and inclusive planning process that includes broad partnerships.
Eligible programs or projects address transportation gaps and/or barriers identified in Community-Based Transportations Plans (CBTP) or the Solano Welfare to Work Transportation Plan that will result in improved mobility for low-income residents.
Staff Contact: Liz Niedziela, STA (707) 399-3217 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community-Based Transportations Plans (CBTP):
Download Community-Based Transportation Plan for Cordelia/Fairfield/Suisun (1 MB, PDF)
Download Community-Based Transportation Plan for Vallejo (1.15 MB, PDF)
Download Community-Based Transportation Planning for Dixon Aug. 2004 (1.2 MB, PDF)
Download Solano County Welfare to Work Transportation Plan (2582 KB, PDF)
Download Coordinated Public Transit / Human Services Transportation Plan (MTC website)
RTIF (Regional Transportation Impact Fee)
By 2030, the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) is projected to receive enough federal and state funding for seven new projects ($986M) to help accommodate the increasing demand for "regional mobility" in Solano County. Additional projects identified through other studies or by local cities and the county cannot compete for limited future funding, despite their local necessity for "regional" mobility.
Because of high projected growth in population and jobs, Solano County needs to be creative and opportunistic to find funding for new projects. One local option explored since 2008 is a Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF) that can provide needed infrastructure improvements for local and regional projects in Solano County. The RTIF was subsequently approved on December 3, 2013 by the Solano County Board of Supervisors, as part of the Solano County Public Facility Fee Update. Upon recommendation by the STA Board, the County Board of Supervisors approved a total RTIF fee of $1,500 per dwelling unit equivalent.
Download the RTIF Fact Sheet.
October, 2016 Update
The RTIF collection formally began on February 3, 2014. Each of the seven cities and the County participate in the selection of RTIF projects through seven RTIF Working Groups.The RTIF Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 can be found here. In summary, a total of $1,285,925 was collected for eligible RTIF projects in FY 2015-16 with a total of $3,109,866 collected since the program began in 2014.
Five out of the seven RTIF Working Groups are advancing projects and have received RTIF allocations for accrued expenditures from FY 2015-16. These include the following projects:
• Working Group 1: Jepson Parkway Project - Right of Way Phases completed for phases in Fairfield and Vacaville and construction scheduled to begin in FY 2016-17.
• Working Group 2: SR 12/Church Road Intersection - environmental phase nearing completion
• Working Group 3: SR37/Redwood St/Fairground Dr. - environmentally cleared and preparing for design work subject to full funding availability
• Working Group 4: Green Valley Overcrossing- Under Construction
• Working Group 6: Benicia Industrial Park Transit Hub - Under Construction Currently, 91% ($2.759 million) of the total RTIF funds ($3.402 million) collected through FY 2015-16 have been allocated by the STA Board for RTIF eligible projects.
October, 2014 Update
The County began collecting the RTIF as part of the revised PFF on February 3, 2014. Based on the RTIF Expenditure Plan developed by the STA, a total of 5% of the total RTIF revenue to be dedicated towards transit projects under Package 6- Express Bus Transit Centers and Train Stations and 5% is dedicated to Unincorporated County Roads under Package 7. The remaining balance of the RTIF (90%) will be returned to each RTIF District from which it was generated. $89,671 was collected for RTIF projects for the 3rd quarter and $298,879 was collected in the 4th quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-14. This brings the total RTIF collected to date at $382,574, predominately from the cities of Fairfield and Vacaville building permits, for eligible RTIF projects.
What is a Regional Transportation Impact Fee?
A transportation impact fee is established by a local or regional government (usually collected during issuance of the building permit) in connection with approval of a development project for purpose of defraying all or a portion of the cost of particular public facilities, in this case, transportation projects (e.g., roadway expansion, transit centers, interchanges, etc.). Regional Transportation Impact Fees (RTIF) are used in a variety of counties throughout the State of California to help fund transportation projects.
STA Regional Transportation Impact Fee (RTIF) AB1600 Nexus Report
The legal requirements for enactment of a transportation impact fee program are set forth in the California "Mitigation Fee Act", which was adopted in 1987 under AB 1600, and thus these fees are commonly referred to as "AB 1600" fees. An impact fee is not a tax or a special assessment so, by definition, a fee must be "reasonably related" to the cost of the facility or service provided by the local agency. The STA RTIF Nexus Report was adopted on July 11, 2013 by the STA Board for inclusion in the County of Solano's Public Facility Fee Update. The Nexus Report recommends how a potential fee program would relate fees collected to improvement selected projects.
Download the STA RTIF Nexus Report.
Send comments or questions to Robert Guerrero, Project Manager at email@example.com or call 707-399-3211.
Express (High Occupancy Toll) Lanes
The STA supports the concept of partnering throughout the Bay Area region to establish a regional High Occupancy Toll (HOT) Lanes or Express Lanes network in the Bay Area as a means to reduce traffic congestion and increase mobility with assurance that revenues collected for the use of Express Lanes are spent to improve operations and mobility in the corridor in which they originate.
A High Occupancy Toll (HOT) or Express Lane, is a toll paid by single-occupant vehicles who wish to use lanes or entire roads that are designated for the use of High Occupancy Vehicles (HOVs, i.e. carpools, vanpools and buses). Tolls are collected by electronic toll collection systems. The toll varies based on demand, called congestion pricing. The tolls change throughout the day according to real-time traffic conditions to manage the number of cars in the lanes and keep them free of congestion, even during peak periods.
Caltrans, MTC and STA partnered on the I-80 corridor with an HOV Lanes project between Red Top Road and Air Base Parkway. These Lanes are being considered for conversion to Express Lanes through a “Rapid Delivery Design” approach to fit Express Lanes within existing right-of-way. STA is also considering building new Express Lanes on I-80 from Air Base Parkway to I-505. Constructing Express Lanes in Solano County provides an opportunity for construction of segments of these Lanes within 5 to 10 years.
SOLTrans Benefit Assessment District
Rio Vista Bridge Toll
P3 (Public-Private Partnership)
A Public Private Partnership (P3) is a partnership between a public agency and a private entity for the mutual benefit of both parties.
Vehicle Registration Fee (SB 83)
In 2009, the California State Legislature approved Senate Bill (SB) 83, which provides the option for a countywide transportation agency to place a Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) before the voters. The VRF provides counties the opportunity to obtain a dedicated local funding source for transportation improvements that benefit or mitigate the automobile.
Results of a Public Opinion Poll for a potential SB 83 Expenditure Plan were presented at the STIA Board meeting on June 15, 2010.
The STIA Board recommended the STA develop an Expenditure Plan for a potential $10 vehicle registration fee assessed annually on each vehicle registered in Solano County. The Board directed staff to hold a series of outreach meetings to receive public input on the Expenditure Plan. The Plan will focus on the following three identified priorities:
The STA Board reviewed the Draft Expenditure Plan at its meeting on July 14, 2010, and received input from the public. The Board met again on August 5th to determine whether or not to place the measure on the November ballot. If approved by a majority of Solano County voters, the $10 fee would generate $3.2 million per year to directly support transportation as outlined in the VRF Expenditure Plan. After receiving public input, the STA Board on a split vote opted NOT to place the measure on the ballot. Thank you to all those who provided input into the development of the plan and public comment regarding the plan and the measure.
Earmarks Stimulus Funds
FTA Section 5310 Elderly and (People with Disabilities) Disabled Transit
The purpose of the program is to provide capital grants for projects that meet the transportation needs of elderly persons and persons with disabilities where public mass transportation services are otherwise unavailable, insufficient or inappropriate.
PACE Solano was awarded $286,000 to replace four buses from 2009's call for projects.
STIP (State Transportation Improvement Program)
The STIP is a multi-year capital improvement program of transportation projects on and off the State Highway System, funded with revenues from the Transportation Investment Fund and other funding sources. STIP programming generally occurs every two years. The STIP is composed of two sub-elements: the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP). MTC adopted the Policies and Procedures for the 2010 RTIP on October 28, 2009. The Policies and Procedures lay out project selection criteria, schedule, and application procedures for the 2010 RTIP. As Solano County’s Congestion Management Agency (CMA), STA is responsible for developing Solano County’s program of STIP projects. The final project list and supporting documentation was submitted to MTC in December 2009, for inclusion in the 2010 RTIP. The 2010 RTIP was then submitted to the California Transportation Commission for inclusion in the STIP.
At the October 12, 2011 STA Board meeting, the STA Board approved the 2012 STIP funding recommendations, which included funding for the Jepson Parkway and Dixon's West B Street Undercrossing. The STIP funding recommendations are detailed in the October 12, 2011 Board Staff Report.
The STA is committed to its local partners and to the completion of both the Jepson Parkway and the West B Street Undercrossing projects. By programming funds to these projects, STA will be fulfilling that commitment. In committing PPM funds, STA is also fulfilling its commitment to facilitating planning, programming, and project monitoring activities in Solano County.
SHOPP (State Highway Operations & Protection Program)
The 2010 State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP) is a four-year program of projects for Fiscal Years (FYs) 2010/11 through 2013/14, that have the purpose of collision reduction, major damage restoration, bridge preservation, roadway preservation, roadside preservation, mobility enhancement and preservation of other transportation facilities related to the state highway system. The SHOPP Program is updated by Caltrans every 2 years.
The current 2010 State Transportation Improvement Program Fund Estimate (Fund Estimate) approved in October 2009 by the California Transportation Commission (Commission) provides total programming capacity of $6.75 billion for Capital Outlay and Capital Outlay Support for the 2010 SHOPP four-year period.
Solano County has seen a significant State investment from the SHOPP over the last 5 years. Improvements have been made or are currently under construction on State Route (SR) 12, SR 113, I-80. I-505 and I-680.
June 2010 SHOPP Map - Solano (917 KB, PDF)