State Funding Programs

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    State Transportation Improvement Program
    The State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a funding source that provides for transportation improvements throughout the State of California. More information on the STIP in Orange County can be found through this link:

    Proposition 1A
    Proposition 1A is the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act and was approved by voters on November 4, 2008. It provides $9 billion for the construction of high-speed rail in California and for allocation to intercity, commuter, and urban rail systems for the purpose of direct connectivity and benefits to the high-speed train system. These funds are provided on a formula basis and the program is administered by the CTC. All funds are currently programmed.

    State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP)
    Note: Funding derived partially from federal program
    The SHOPP includes projects designed to maintain the safety and operational integrity of the state highway system. Most of the projects are for pavement rehabilitation, bridge rehabilitation, and traffic safety improvements. Other projects may include such things as operational improvements (e.g. traffic signalization) and roadside rest areas. It does not include projects to add through lanes to increase capacity. From the SHOPP fund estimate, Caltrans develops a statewide list of SHOPP projects in consultation with regional and local agencies. SHOPP projects are ultimately selected at the discretion of the CTC and Caltrans..

    • More information can be found here:

    Transportation Development Act Funds
    The TDA funds a wide variety of transportation programs, including planning and program activities, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, community transit services, public transportation, and bus and rail projects. The TDA provides two funding sources.

    • State Transit Assistance (STA) is derived from a portion of the sales tax on gasoline and diesel fuel.
    • Local Transportation Fund (LTF) is derived from a ¼ cent of the general sales tax collected statewide. The LTF is a stable ongoing funding source for local transit operators throughout the state.

    More information can be found through the following link:

    Highway Bridge Program (HBP)
    Note: Funding derived from federal program
    HBP supports projects to replace or rehabilitate public highway bridges over waterways, other topographical barriers, other highways, or railroads when the State and the Federal Highway Administration determine that a bridge is significantly important and is unsafe because of structural deficiencies, physical deterioration, or functional obsolescence. More information can be found through the following link.

    State ATP
    Note: Funding derived partially from federal program
    The ATP was created by SB 99 (Chapter 359, Statutes of 2013) and AB 101 (Chapter 354, Statutes of 2013). The purpose of the ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by increasing the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking, increasing safety and mobility for non-motorized users, advancing the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve GHG reduction goals, enhancing public health, ensuring that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program and providing a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users. This program is administered through the California Transportation Commission and the California Department of Transportation. More information can be found through this link. Caltrans-

    California Freight Investment Program
    The National Highway Freight Program (federal) provides approximately $582 million of apportionments to California over the five-year period of the FAST Act. Formal guidance on how the funds will be distributed are being developed by the California Transportation Commission. More information can be found through this link.

    Planning Grants
    Federal planning grants are distributed to the states through the FAST Act.

    Proposition 1B
    Proposition 1B was passed by the voters in November 2006 and $19.9 billion was made available for transportation improvements throughout the state. There are 12 main programs included in the bond. Although this fund source is coming to a close, OCTA has been successful in programming funds in eight of those categories, totaling $871 million as follows:

    • Corridor Mobility Improvement Account (CMIA) - $286 million
    • Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF) - $214 million
    • Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, and Service Enhancement Account (PTMISEA) - $199 million
    • State Local Partnership Program (SLPP) - $85 million
    • STIP augmentation - $47 million
    • Highway Railroad Crossing Safety Account (HRCSA) - $11 million
    • Transit System Safety, Security & Disaster Response Account (TSSSDRA) - $28 million
    • Traffic Light Synchronization Program (TLSP) - $4 million

    Cap and Trade
    SB 862 (Chapter 36, Statutes of 2014) directs proceeds from the greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction fund to multiple programs designed to reduce GHG emissions by 15 percent by 2020. The GHG reduction fund is funded by auction proceeds from the California Air Resources Board’s Cap and Trade Program. The following programs could provide funding for OCTA projects.

    Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) - Formula
    LCTOP supports new or expanded bus or rail services, expanded intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing GHG emissions. $100 million (five percent) was available statewide in FY 2015-16, and five percent of the annual program will be made available on an ongoing basis. $75 million of the funds were distributed based on the same formula as State Transit Assistance. The remaining $25 million was to be made available in FY 2016-17. Caltrans-

    Low Carbon Transportation Program (LCT)
    This program is managed through the California Air Resources Board. LCT provides mobile source incentives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, criteria pollutants, and air toxics through the development of advanced technology and clean transportation. More information can be found here.

    High Speed Rail (HSR)
    These funds are appropriated to the High Speed Rail Authority to support planning, design, and right of way acquisition and construction of the initial operating segment.
    More information can be found here.

    Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) - Competitive
    Program goals include the reduction of GHG emissions, expanded rail service to increase ridership, the integration of different rail and bus systems, and improved rail safety. Eligible projects include rail and bus capital projects, and operational improvements that result in increased ridership and reduced GHG. $200 million (ten percent) is available statewide in FY 2015-16, and ten percent of the annual program will be made available on an ongoing basis.

    Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC) - Competitive
    Program goals include the reduction of GHG emissions by implementing land use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and by supporting other related and coordinated public policy objectives. $400 million (20 percent) is available statewide in FY 2015-16, and 20 percent of the annual program will be made available on an ongoing basis.

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