CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: December 9, 2003
Subject/Title: Support for Metropolitan Transportation Commission Funding
Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal/S. Peiris
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
Approve a Resolution supporting the efforts led by the County of San Mateo
to increase the level of funds available through the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission (MTC) for roadway maintenance and rehabilitation
for all nine Bay Area Counties.
Regional transportation funds programmed and distributed through the
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) allow local agencies to
supplement local funds and perform much needed maintenance and
rehabilitation work on local street and road systems.
The single dedicated source of revenue that cities and counties have for
Roads Maintenance purposes is the gas tax. Due to legislative constraints,
cities and counties have limited ability to raise general fund revenue to
supplement the gas tax. The available general fund dollars must be spread
over various needs; including police, fire, libraries, parks, etc.
In 2001, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s long range plan
allocated less than 5% of available future regional transportation system
funding for maintenance and rehabilitation of existing local streets and
roads. As a result, earlier this year a local agency within the nine
counties has formed “Local Streets and Roads Sub-Committee” to assist MTC
staff. The committee has been working cooperatively with MTC staff to ensure
that funding decisions made by the MTC are based on accurate information
regarding levels of maintenance needed and resources available to meet those
Allocation of MTC’s funds will be determined in early 2004 and will impact
the entire nine-county Bay Area. A recent evaluation by MTC of relative
street and road maintenance funding needs found that the shortfall over the
entire Bay Area over the next 25 years is $7.6 billion. The shortfall for
Contra Costa County is approximately $900 million by 2030. This estimate
does not include funds for regional or local bridges.
The Road Information Program @ www.trip.net provides the following facts:
• The average road expends 75% of its serviceable life by the time it
reaches a Pavement Condition Index of 60. The MTC regional average is
currently 65. (Note: The City of Brentwood Pavement Condition Index is 85
per 2002 survey).
• It costs less to keep roads in good condition through preventative
maintenance, than to allow the roadways to decline in condition. You will
spend five times more to repair a road in poor condition than you will have
spent maintaining the same roadway in good condition.
• Bay Area drivers pay approximately $300/year in extra vehicle operating
costs due to poorly maintained roadways.
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD SUPPORTING THE
EFFORTS LED BY COUNTY OF SAN MATEO TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF FUNDS AVAILABLE
THROUGH THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION (MTC) FOR ROADWAY
MAINTENANCE AND REHABILITATION.
WHEREAS, the Nine-County Bay Area economy relies heavily on the availability
of a well-maintained regional transportation system; and
WHEREAS, well-maintained local streets and roads are important to the
regions’ economic health and to the quality of life for the residents; and
WHEREAS, well-maintained arterial and collector streets are vital to all
modes of transportation including the private automobile, goods movements,
emergency vehicles, transit, bicycles and pedestrians within the region; and
WHEREAS, funding for regional transportation system maintenance and
rehabilitation is limited; and
WHEREAS, preserving and protecting the public’s investment in the existing
local streets and roads must remain a priority for transportation
WHEREAS, regular and timely street maintenance reduces long-term
rehabilitation costs and minimizes the need to reconstruct streets; and
WHEREAS, when local streets and roads are not well-maintained, the cost of
repair can increase dramatically; and
WHEREAS, the value of the existing local streets and roads far exceeds local
governments’ capacity to replace them within any reasonable time frame.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of
Brentwood support the allocation of an enhanced level of regional
transportation funds to maintain and rehabilitate local streets and roads
including streets not currently on the Metropolitan Transportation System.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that maintaining local streets and roads should be a
high priority for the allocation of regional maintenance funds.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that regional funding priorities for local streets
and roads should be based on the local jurisdictions’ determination of
maintenance and rehabilitation needs supported by a systematic pavement
condition evaluation program.
PASSED AND APPROVED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a
regular meeting held on the 9th day of December 2003 by the following vote: