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Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)


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The RTIP is a list of proposed transportation projects submitted to the California Transportation Commission (CTC) by Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (such as the Inyo County LTC) for state funding. The RTIP has a 5-year timeframe and is updated every two years by the CTC. The RTIP identifies projects identified by the Inyo County LTC that are submitted to the CTC to be included as part of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The Inyo County LTC works cooperatively with the Caltrans District 9 Office and regional planning partners to identify capital projects for inclusion in the RTIP. The RTIP is the largest source of capital funding for transportation improvement projects in Inyo County.

STIP funds originate from the State Highway Account. The State Highway Account is divided where 25% goes to projects identified by Caltrans as part of the Interregional Transportation Improvement Program while the other 75% goes to projects identified by the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies and approved by the CTC. This funding is further subdivided with 60% going to the south half of the state and 40% going to the north half of the state (Inyo County LTC is considered to be in the south half). The STIP share is then calculated based on the Counties population (75%) and state highway mileage (25%). Other types of funds incorporated in the STIP include the Transportation Investment Fund (TIF), funding from bond measures, and Public Transportation Account (PTA) funds.


2016 RTIP / STIP - The 2016 STIP Guidelines indicate that no new funding capacity will be available during this STIP cycle. The 2016 Fund Estimate indicates that the STIP is already fully programmed for the entire 5 years of the 2016 STIP (there is about $46 million of capacity available in the last year of the STIP period). This is due primarily to the decrease in the price based excise tax. Projects currently programmed in the STIP will need to be reprogrammed into later years. The Guidelines also include a voluntary format for the submittal of the RTIP. The Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) Group has voluntarily developed a template for submittal of RTIPs, and encourages its use by regions for the 2016 STIP. The purpose of the template is to make RTIP submittals more consistent statewide and to present a visualization tool which that provides information in an organized and transparent manner. The Inyo County Local Transportation Commission 2016 RTIP uses the template provided by the State. There are no programming targets in the 2016 STIP due to the lack of new capacity.

2016 RTIP Project Priorities - Give the funding shortfall for this STIP cycle, the LTC has few options with regards to programming projects in this cycle. The Inyo County Local Transportation Commission (ICLTC) has historically placed an emphasis on completing four-lane projects on US 395 through the County. To further this goal, the ICLTC has entered into multiple MOU partnerships with Mono County Local Transportation Commission, Kern Council of Governments, and San Bernardino Associated Governments to leverage Interregional Transportation Improvement Program funds. The ICLTC has partnered with Caltrans District 9 to realize this goal. In past cycles the ICLTC has had the following priorities in submitting the RTIP: 1) funding, or setting aside, funding for MOU projects on the State Highway System, 2) cost increases projects programmed in prior cycles, 3) completing local projects, and 4) programming new local projects. The RTIP proposes no new programming.

State Highway -  

Olancha-Cartago Four-Lane Project

The LTC programmed the construction component of the Olancha-Cartago four-lane project as part of the its 2014 RTIP and this was incorporated in the current STIP. In 1999, the Inyo County LTC entered into a three party MOU to fund improvements to US 395 and SR 14, including the Olancha-Cartago four-lane project. An update to this MOU was brought forward for consideration earlier at this meeting. The funding for Olancha-Cartago is split with Inyo County LTC contributing 40% to the project, Mono County LTC contributing 10%, the Kern Council of Governments (COG) contributing 10% and the Interregional Improvement Program contributing the remaining 40%. The MOU also included projects in Mono and Kern counties. The MOU funding partners and the State programmed their share to the Olancha-Cartago project in the 2014 STIP. The most current Project Programming Request (PPR) forms are attached for Olancha-Cartago and the Olancha-Cartago Archaeological Pre-Mitigation projects.

Freeman Gulch Widening Segment 2: In Kern County on State Route 14 near Ridgecrest, from 4.8 miles south of State Route 178 west to 0.5 mile north of State Route 178. Convert from 2-lane conventional highway to 4-lane expressway. Given the MOU agreement, the LTC will be required to fund its share of Segments 2 & 3 in future STIP cycles. No changes to the current programming are proposed as a part of this cycle.

Interregional Transportation Improvement Program (ITIP) The draft 2016 ITIP has been released for public review and comment. The ITIP proposes no changes to current program years for Olancha-Cartago and Freeman Gulch. It is possible that the California Transportation Commission will push the construction component for Olancha – Cartago into a future program year.

Inyo County - There are no County projects that will be programmed during the program years set forth in the 2016 STIP.

City of Bishop - A minor change to the programming of the Seibu to School Path project is described below.

Seibu to School Bike Path: In Bishop from Bishop Paiute Reservation boundary near Seibu Lane along west and north boundaries of Bishop elementary schools to Keough Street.  Construct 8 foot wide mixed use non motorized path about 1,300 feet long and construct about 275 feet of concrete sidewalk. Proposed path will connect to existing and planned paths on Reservation. The City is ready to deliver this project. However, there is some uncertainty created by the Right of Way negotiations with the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. The construction component of $480,000 is currently programmed in FY 2016-2017. To provide extra time for the Right of Way to be resolved, the City is pushing out construction until the 2017-2017 program year.  

Seibu to School Bike Path

City of Bishop







E & P (PA & ED)







PS & E














Total $ 480,000


STIP Planning, Programming, and Monitoring - Provide planning, programming, and monitoring services for the development of the Inyo County LTC RTIP and planning services for the development and implementation of the ICLTC Overall Work Program. The current yearly programming amount is being carried through the life of this programming cycle. The ICLTC intends to assist the City and County with the preliminary selection and development of projects for a variety of competitive funding types. 

Planning, Programming, and Monitoring







Planning, Programming, and Monitoring






Total $ 1,000,000

Future Local Projects - The emphasis on MOU projects has meant that local government entities have had almost no new local projects since the 2006 STIP Augmentation. The City of Bishop and County of Inyo have both switched funds to different projects as local priorities have changed. Additionally, each agency programmed some cost increases for the 2006 STIP Augmentation projects. New projects are ranked and scored competitively for inclusion in STIP cycles.

A priority in the next cycle with additional program capacity will be for the City and County to initiate new road construction projects. Additionally, Inyo County, which receive a Federal Lands Access Program grant for the South Lake Road Rehabilitation project, will likely seek a funding source to cover the match. This project will leverage $12 million of Federal funds. The $1.5 million match will be programmed in the 2018 STIP. In addition to these program needs, the County will likely seek funds for a Lone Pine Town Rehabilitation project. The City of Bishop will likely seek additional funds for Phase II of the Warren Street Improvements project.

If you have any questions, comments, or other feedback, please call (760) 878-0207 or send LTC staff an e-mail message.

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