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Regional Transportation Improvement Program
Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)
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.
2012 RTIP and STIP
The fund estimate and guidelines for the 2012 STIP were adopted by the CTC August 10, 2011. The schedule for the 2012 STIP can be viewed here. The statewide capacity for the 2012 STIP fund estimate identified new capacity available for the two years added to the STIP, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Unlike the 2010 STIP, programming in the 2012 STIP will not be constrained by fiscal year. The Inyo County LTC, the Mono County LTC, Kern Council of Governments, and Caltrans entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly sponsor and fund certain highway improvement projects along U.S. Highway 395 and State Route 14.
The following priorities were used in the development of the 2012 RTIP - 1) Program funds toward MOU projects, 2) Completed local street and road projects programmed in the 2010 STIP, 3) Cost increases for existing projects, and 4) Program new TE projects in response to a call for projects. New funds were allocated to the Freeman Gulch Four Lane Project Segment 1 and Segment 2 in Kern County. Also funds are being set aside for the future construction of the Olancha-Cartago Four-Lane Project in a future STIP cycle.
The Inyo County LTC released a Call for Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects and and adopted a scoring criteria to rate projects at their August meeting. TE applications were received from Inyo County for Red Hill and Ed Powers Roads and from the City of Bishop for sidewalk improvements and landscaping on Warren Street. Documents related to the Inyo County LTC consideration of the 2012 RTIP can be viewed below. The Inyo County LTC adopted the RTIP at a special meeting on December 7, 2011.
The California Transportation Commission approved the 2012 STIP at their March 29, 2012 meeting with some minor changes. To view the current programming, view the STIP Orange Book. The 2012 STIP is almost identical to the Inyo County LTC though there are some minor changes with project program years to reflect funding availability statewide.
If you have any questions, comments, or other feedback, please call (760) 878-0207 or send LTC staff an e-mail message.