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Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)Inyo Dominoes

The Inyo County LTC is responsible for the preparation of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP), in collaboration with Caltrans, and submitted for adoption by the California Transportation Commission (CTC). Inyo County LTC submits its RTIP to the CTC for potential inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The RTIP, at its core, specifies project cost amounts by project components and the fiscal year in which funds are available.

 The STIP is a biennial document adopted no later than April 1 of each even numbered year. Each STIP will cover a five year period and add two new years of programming capacity. Each new STIP will include projects carried forward from the previous STIP plus new projects and reserves from among those proposed by regional agencies in their RTIPs and by Caltrans in its interregional transportation improvement program (ITIP). The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance provides guidelines for local agencies to deliver projects included in the STIP.

 The STIP consists of two broad programs, the regional program funded from 75% of new STIP funding and the interregional program funded from 25% of new STIP funding. The 75% regional program is further subdivided by formula into county shares. County shares are available solely for projects nominated by regions in their RTIPs. The Caltrans ITIP will nominate only projects for the interregional program. The Inyo County LTC has entered into MOUs with the Mono County LTC, Kern Council of Governments, and San Bernardino Associated Governments to leverage ITIP funds on regionally important projects.

The current structure of the STIP was initiated by SB 45 in 1997. The STIP is constrained by the amount of funds estimated to be available for the STIP period in the fund estimate, which is developed by Caltrans and adopted by the Commission every other odd year. The amount available for the STIP is then constrained by formulas for regional and interregional shares per Streets and Highways Code.

2016 STIP - The initial STIP Guidelines stated that no new funds would be available over the course of the 2016 STIP. This news went from bad to worse. In response to recent gasoline prices, the Department of Finance has since reduced their 2016-17 Price-Based Excise Tax projections. The State worked with the CTC to develop an updated Excise Tax revenue Assumption, which was adopted by the CTC in January, 2016. The 2016 STIP Fund Estimate has been amended to reflect this Assumption, and results in a decrease in total STIP capacity of $801 million, when compared to the adopted 2016 STIP Fund Estimate. This decrease results in negative STIP capacity over the Fund Estimate period. The CTC released revised STIP Guidelines that set forth deletion targets for regional agencies.

ITIP - The CTC has set a goal to reduce the ITIP statewide by $188.405 million. The State has released their recommendation for projects in the ITIP and future components of all three MOU project are recommended to be rescinded.

Revised 2016 RTIP Inyo County LTC Priorities: The Revised 2016 RTIP can be viewed by clicking on the highlighted link. The Inyo County LTC met in February and adopted the following priorities for the approval of a Revised RTIP.  

  1. Maintain MOU Partnerships as a way to leverage Interregional Improvement Program funds;
  2. Keep Freeman Gulch Segment 1 construction moving forward;
    1. This involves moving an additional program amount to cover those ITIP funds that were removed from the 2016 ITIP and
    2. Involve programming Inyo shares to cover the Kern COG construction commitment;
  3. Rescind the Design component of Freeman Gulch Segment 2;
  4. Keep the Olancha/Cartago archeology pre-mitigation project moving forward; and
  5. Rescind the Construction component of Olancha-Cartago and move the programming of the construction component to a future year that is not part of the current STIP cycle

2016 RTIP Revision Summary

State Highway

Olancha-Cartago Four-Lane Project: The construction component of Olancha – Cartago four lane project will be pulled out of the current STIP and moved to a future year that is not part of this STIP cycle. 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 approved in 2013. 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.

 No change to the program years are proposed for the Olancha-Cartago Archaeological Pre-Mitigation projects.

Freeman Gulch Widening Segment 1: In Kern County on State Route 14 near Ridgecrest, from 0.5 mile north of Route 178 west to 1.7 miles north of Route 178 east. Convert from 2-lane conventional highway to 4-lane expressway. This is a MOU project where Kern Council of Governments would normally contribute 40%, Caltrans would contribute 40%, Mono County Local Transportation Commission would contribute 10% and the Inyo County Local Transportation Commission would contribute 10% of the total cost.

 Caltrans pulled the funding for the ITIP component of this project from the 2016 STIP. The proposed programming is follows. The Inyo County LTC is ready to proceed with either scenario.  

2016 STIP Proposal ($ in 1,000’s)

Freeman Gulch Segment 1

Proposed Programming

ITIP

$0

Inyo LTC RTIP

$23,486

Mono LTC RTIP

$7,602

Kern COG RTIP

$0

No change to the current program year is proposed. The programming for the construction component of this project is currently in FY 2016-2017. Due to cash flow issues, the CTC may need to push this project out a year or two.

 Freeman Gulch Widening Segment 2: Currently programmed components of the Freeman Gulch Segment 2 four lane project will be pulled out of the current STIP and moved to a future year that is not part of this STIP cycle. Convert from 2-lane conventional highway to 4-lane expressway.

 Local Projects: With the rescission of the Olancha-Cartago construction component and the Right of Way component of Freeman Gulch Segment 2 the Inyo County LTC STIP share balance has gone from -$17.921 million to a positive balance. A new local project is proposed as part of the revised RTIP. This project is the South Lake Road Reconstruction project.

 The only projects remaining in the Inyo RTIP are: 1) the construction component for the Seibu to School bicycle path, 2) an increased contribution by the Inyo LTC to keep Freeman Gulch Segment 1 construction moving forward, 3) the Olancha-Cartago Archaeological Pre Mitigation project and 3) the Planning, Programming, and Monitoring program. The South Lake Road Reconstruction project leverage $10,857,088 million in federal funding that is not part of the STIP. The County would not be able to proceed with this project if it did not receive the matching funds through the STIP. The Inyo County LTC initially chose to not program the project as part of the 2016 RTIP and to chance programming the project in the 2018 RTIP. Construction is planned for this project in FY 2018-2019. The flaw with this strategy is that new funds are usually only available in the latter years of a STIP cycle. With the MOU projects being pushed out of this STIP funding cycle, the LTC would like to make sure that the County is able to leverage these additional federal funds that would be lost if matching funds can’t be found.

 A priority in the next cycle with additional program capacity will be for the City and County to initiate new road construction projects.

 South Lake Road Reconstruction Project: In 2015, Inyo County received a competitive Federal Lands Access Program grant to reconstruct South Lake Road dependent on the County providing a 12.0% match.  This project leverage $10,857,088 million in federal funding that is not part of the STIP. The County would not be able to proceed with this project if it did not receive the matching funds through the STIP. The Inyo County LTC initially chose to not program the project as part of the 2016 RTIP and to chance programming the project in the 2018 RTIP. Construction is planned for this project in FY 2018-2019. The flaw with this strategy is that new funds are usually only available in the latter years of a STIP cycle. With the MOU projects being pushed out of this STIP funding cycle, the LTC would like to make sure that the County is able to leverage these additional federal funds that would be lost if matching funds can’t be found.

 This project will pulverize and repave 6.9 miles of South Lake Road from the intersection with SR 168 to South Lake. It includes minor widening (along the first 2.1 miles) to accommodate a Class III bike lane in addition to grading, pulverization of existing pavement, replacement of minor drainage structures, spot repairs to major drainage structures, slope stabilization, rock scaling, placement of crushed aggregate base and asphalt pavement, signing, striping, and other safety-related features.

 

South Lake Road Reconstruction Project

County of Inyo

Prior

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

PS & E

 

$112,000

 

 

 

 

CON

 

 

 

$1,369,000

 

 

Total $1,481,000

 

City of Bishop: A minor change to the programming of the Seibu to School Path project is described below. This has not been changed since the first RTIP submittal.

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

Prior

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

E & P (PA & ED)

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS & E

 

 

 

 

 

 

CON

 

 

$480,000

 

 

 

Total $ 480,000

 

STIP Planning, Programming, and Monitoring (PPM) funds: There is a minor change since the December RTIP submittal. No programming of PPM funds for the last two years of this STIP cycle is being proposed given that additional funding is not available. These funds 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. No new programming is proposed for the new program years added to this cycle as no fund estimate was provided for in 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

ICLTC

2016-2017

2017-2018

2018-2019

2019-2020

2020-2021

Planning, Programming, and Monitoring

$200,000

$200,000

$200,000

Total $ 600,000

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