Solano County is located within two air districts: the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD). Both Air Districts and the Solano Transportation Authority (STA) annually make available funding for clean air projects through a $4 surcharge from vehicle registration fees. The YSAQMD also provides clean air funding through a small portion of property tax revenue in addition to vehicle registration fees. Eligible clean air projects include clean air vehicles, bicycle and pedestrian projects, vehicle and rideshare incentive programs, transit/shuttle service, and alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.
BAAQMD Regional TFCA Program
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) administers sixty percent (60%) of the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) funds collected from Bay Area counties through a $4 vehicle registration fee. This funding is made available on an annual and competitive basis Bay Area wide. The cities of Vallejo, Benicia, Suisun City, Fairfield and southern portion of unincorporated Solano County are eligible to compete for the BAAQMD Regional TFCA Program funding. Regional TFCA Program funds are allocated annually in the Fall. Interested applicants are encouraged to get further details directly from the BAAQMD’s website at: http://www.baaqmd.gov/Divisions/Strategic-Incentives/Funding-Sources/TFCA/Regional-Fund.aspx. Past Solano County projects funded through the BAAQMD’s Regional Funds included vehicle replacements and safe routes to school projects. Approximately $8 million is available each year for the BAAQMD’s TFCA Regional Program.
YSAQMD Clean Air Program
The Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District (YSAQMD) Board of Directors coordinates with the STA Board annually to fund clean air projects. Eligible agencies include the cities of Dixon, Rio Vista, Vacaville and the northern portion of unincorporated Solano County. Funding for the YSAQMD’s Clean Air Program is generated from a $4 vehicle registration fee and property tax collected from those jurisdictions. In FY 2013-14, the YSAQMD approved $290,000 for bicycle and pedestrian projects, vehicle replacements and clean air education programs in Solano County. A complete list of projects can be found here. The YSAQMD is currently accepting applications for the Clean Air Program with a deadline for submittals set for March 21, 2014. For more information on this program please visit the YSAQMD Webpage at this link:
http://www.ysaqmd.org/clean-air-funds.php or contact Jim Antone, YSAQMD Clean Air Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The STA coordinates with the BAAQMD to administer the remaining 40% TFCA Funds through the STA’s Program Manager Funds. The STA is anticipated to issue a call for TFCA Program Manager Funds in April 2014. Eligible clean air projects are approved directly by the STA Board based on criteria approved by the BAAQMD. Eligible projects include bicycle and pedestrian improvments, ridesharing, safe routes to school projects, vehicle replacments, engine retrofits and shuttle service. Please contact Robert Guerrero, STA Senior Planner, at (707) 424-6014 for more information.