2018 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy
The Madera County Transportation Commission is required to update the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to reflect the existing and future regional transportation system in Madera County. The 2018 update reflects the 2042 horizon or “planning” year of 2042, ensuring that the region’s transportation system and implementation policies/programs will safely and efficiently accommodate growth envisioned in the Land Use Elements of the Cities of Chowchilla and Madera and Madera County, in the RTP and in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS).
Overall Work Program
The Overall Work Program (OWP) is the controlling document for Commission work activities. It documents past accomplishments, identifies all scheduled work for the coming program year, and establishes a detailed budget required to deliver the annual program. The OWP is organized to provide a broad discussion of the Commission, its organization and significant transportation issues. This is followed by the detailed work elements which identify broad projects, specific tasks and products related to each project, and a specific budget for each project. Staffing levels, consultant services, and capital acquisitions are explicitly identified in each work element.
Federal Transportation Improvement Program
The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is the vehicle by which transportation projects are advanced for funding. The FTIP is developed pursuant to State and Federal guidelines and is required to be consistent with current estimates of State and Federal funding available to governmental entities within Madera County. The FTIP is intended to be a short range programming document and generally shows projects within the three year or triennial element. Additional years or “out years” project listings are included when the information is available. Federal transportation legislation requires an additional financially constrained programming year which forms a four year or quadrennial element.
Unmet Transit Needs
As the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Madera County, MCTC is responsible for the administration of the Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds. TDA funds, which are funded through ¼ percent of the statewide sales tax, are the primary funding source for most transit systems. The administration of TDA funds includes the annual unmet transit needs process, which has three key components: soliciting testimony on unmet transit needs; analyzing needs in accordance to adopted definitions of unmet transit need and reasonable to meet; and adoption of a finding regarding unmet transit needs that may exist for the upcoming fiscal year. These tasks are to be performed in consultation with the Social Service Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC).