City of Brentwood
Home PageContact Us!Back

City Administration

2010 Council Goals and Strategic Plan | City Council Members | Calendar of Events | Elections
eNotification | Sub-Committees| Pledge of Allegiance Sign Ups | Invocation Sign Up
Live Streaming Council Meeting | Streaming PC Help |
Streaming Mac Help |

Current Council Agenda and Past Meeting Information

Past Agendas

CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 10

Meeting Date: December 9, 2003

Subject/Title: Support for Metropolitan Transportation Commission Funding Support

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal/S. Peiris

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
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.

BACKGROUND
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 needs.

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.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact associated with this action.

Attachments:
Resolution

RESOLUTION NO.

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 investment; and

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:
 

City Administration
City of Brentwood City Council
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5440
Fax (925) 516-5441
E-mail allcouncil@brentwoodca.gov