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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 13

Meeting Date: April 26, 2005

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution authorizing a request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the allocation of Fiscal Year 2005-06 Transportation Development Act Article 3 Pedestrian/Bicycle project funding in the amount of $66,000 for the Signal Modifications and Upgrades Project, CIP 336-3132

Prepared by: Finance: Karen Wahl, Grants Administrator

Submitted by: Engineering: Bailey Grewal, City Engineer

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution authorizing a request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for the allocation of Fiscal Year 2005/2006 Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 Pedestrian/Bicycle Funding in the amount of $66,000 the Signal Modifications and Upgrades Project, CIP 336-3132.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On December 14, 2004, City Council approved a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Fiscal Year 2004/2005 Transportation Development Act (TDA). Article 3. Pedestrian/Bicycle Program for funding in the amount of $66,000 for the Signal Modifications and Upgrades Project, CIP 336-3132.

BACKGROUND
The Transportation Development Act (TDA), Public Utilities Code (PUC) Sections 99233.3 and 99234, makes funds available in the nine-county Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Region for pedestrian/bicycle purposes. All cities and counties in each of the nine MTC region counties are eligible to apply for funds under TDA Article 3 if they meet the criteria in § 99234 of the PUC and if the project is included in an adopted comprehensive bikeway plan as outlined in § 2377 of the California Bikeways Act, Streets and Highways Code. The applications are screened by the Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee (CBAC) and then reviewed by the TDA subcommittee of the City-County Engineering Advisory Committee (CCEAC), which is comprised of members from East, Central, South and West County.

Funds available for FY 2005/06 TDA Article 3 projects totaled $652,369; eleven applications totaling $1,020,900 were submitted. Five projects were recommended for full funding and three were recommended for funding in an amount less than requested.

The TDA subcommittee presented their recommendation to the City-County Engineering Advisory Committee (CCEAC) at their meeting of March 11, 2005. The CCEAC approved the subcommittee’s recommendation and forwarded it to the Contra Costa Mayors Conference for consideration at their April meeting. The County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to approve the recommendation on May 10, 2005 and then forward the funding recommendation to MTC for final approval and allocation of funds.

FISCAL IMPACT
The City of Brentwood has been recommended for funding in the amount of $66,000 from the grant program. Matching funds from the City total $22,232 and are available from Roadway Facility Fees designated for this project in the FY 2004/05 – 2008/09 Capital Improvement Program Budget.

Attachments:
Resolution
Attachment A
Attachment B
Filed Notice of Exemption
Site Map

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD APPROVING A REQUEST TO THE METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION FOR THE ALLOCATION OF FISCAL YEAR 2005/2006 TRANSPORTATION DEVELOPMENT ACT. ARTICLE 3. PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE PROJECT FUNDING FOR THE SIGNAL MODIFICATIONS AND UPGRADES PROJECT, CIP 336-3132.


WHEREAS, Article 3 of the Transportation Development Act (TDA), Public Utilities Code (PUC) Section 88200 et seq., authorizes the submission of claims to a regional transportation planning agency for the funding of projects exclusively for the benefit and/or use of pedestrians and bicyclists; and

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), as the regional transportation planning agency for the San Francisco Bay region, has adopted MTC Resolution No. 875, Revised, entitled “Transportation Development Act, Article 3, Pedestrian/Bicycle Projects,” which delineates procedures and criteria for submission of requests for the allocation of “TDA Article 3” funding; and

WHEREAS, MTC Resolution No. 875, Revised requires that requests for the allocation of TDA Article 3 funding be submitted as part of a single, countywide coordinated claim from each county in the San Francisco Bay region; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood desires to submit a request to MTC for the allocation of TDA Article 3 funds to support the project described in Attachment B to this resolution, which is for the exclusive benefit and/or use of pedestrians and/or bicyclists.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

1. There is no pending or threatened litigation that might adversely affect the project or projects described in Attachment B to this resolution, or that might impair the ability of the City of Brentwood to carry out the project; and

2. The City of Brentwood attests to the accuracy of and approves the statements in Attachment A to this resolution; and

3. A certified copy of this resolution and its attachments, and any accompanying supporting materials shall be forwarded to the congestion management agency of Contra Costa County for submission to MTC as part of the countywide coordinated TDA Article 3 claim.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 26th day of April, 2005.

Resolution No.
Attachment A

Re: Request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the Allocation of Fiscal Year 2005-06 Transportation Development Act. Article 3. Pedestrian/Bicycle Project Funding

Findings
Page 1 of 3

1. That the City of Brentwood is not legally impeded from submitting a request to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for the allocation of Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 funds, nor is the City of Brentwood legally impeded from undertaking the project(s) described in “Attachment B” of this resolution.

2. That the City of Brentwood has committed adequate staffing resources to complete the project described on Attachment B.

3. A review of the project described in Attachment B has resulted in the consideration of all pertinent matters, including those related to environmental and right of way permits and clearances, attendant to the successful completion of the project.

4. Issues attendant to securing environmental and right of way permits and clearances for the projects described in Attachment B have been reviewed and will be concluded in a manner and on a schedule that will not jeopardize the deadline for the use of the TDA funds being requested.

5. That the project described in Attachment B complies with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA, Public Resources Code Sections 21000 et seq.).

6. That as portrayed in the budgetary description of the project in Attachment B, the sources of funding other than TDA are assured and adequate for completion of the project.

7. That the project described in Attachment B is for capital construction.

8. That the project described in Attachment B has been included in an adopted comprehensive bikeway plan (such as outlined in Section 2377 of the California Bikeways Act, Streets and Highways Code section 2370 et seq.).

9. That any project described in Attachment B that is a “Class I Bikeway,” meets the mandatory minimum safety design criteria published in Chapter 1000 of the California Highway Design Manual.

10. That the project described in Attachment B is ready to commence implementation during the fiscal year of the requested allocation.

11. That the City of Brentwood agrees to maintain, or provide for the maintenance of, the project and facilities described in Attachment B, for the benefit of and use by the public.

Resolution No.
Attachment B
Page 2 of 3

TDA Article 3 Project Application Form
Fiscal Year of this Claim: 2005/2006 Applicant: City of Brentwood
Contact person: Karen Wahl, Grant Administrator
Mailing Address: 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, CA 94513
E-Mail Address: kwahl@ci.brentwood.ca.us Telephone: (925) 516-5159
Secondary Contact (in event primary not available) Randy Craig, Assistant Engineer
E-Mail Address: rcraig@ci.brentwood.ca.us Telephone: (925) 516-5155

Short Title Description of Project: Upgrade Signals with Pedestrian Countdown Modules
Amount of claim: $66,000

Functional Description of Project:
Increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists at intersections by upgrading twelve traffic signals to LED countdown pedestrian signal modules. The existing pedestrian pushbuttons will also be replaced large diameter pushbuttons on pedestrian signal actuators to comply with ADA guidelines. The City of Brentwood will purchase the equipment using a competitive bid process and our signal maintenance contractor will install the equipment at the twelve intersections. The upgrades are estimated to be $7,360 per intersection.

Financial Plan:
TDA funding is being requested for construction; purchase of equipment and installation.

Project Elements: CONSTRUCTION

Funding Source All Prior FYs Application FY 05-06 Next FY Following FYs Totals
TDA Article 3 66,000 66,000
list all other sources:
1. General Fund Streets 22,323 22,323
2.
Totals 88,323 88,323

Project Eligibility: YES?/NO?
A. Has the project been approved by the claimant's governing body? YES
B. Has this project previously received TDA Article 3 funding? NO
C. For "bikeways," does the project meet Caltrans minimum safety design criteria pursuant to Chapter 1000 of the California Highway Design Manual? YES
D. Has the project been reviewed by a Bicycle Advisory Committee? YES
E. Has the public availability of the environmental compliance documentation for the project (pursuant to CEQA) been evidenced by the dated stamping of the document by the county clerk or county recorder? (If “NO” provide and explanation on the next page; and note that MTC cannot allocate funds to a project which lacks environmental clearance). YES
F. Will the project be completed within the three fiscal year time period (including the fiscal year of funding) after which the allocation expires? Enter the anticipated completion date of project (month and year) November, 2005 YES
G. Have provisions been made by the claimant to maintain the project or facility, or has the claimant arranged for such maintenance by another agency? (If an agency other than the Claimant is to maintain the facility provide its name:
Contra Costa County Public Works Department – Signal Maintenance YES

Resolution No.
Attachment B
Page 3 of 3

TDA Article 3 Project Application Form
Explanatory Comments Page

Short Title Description of Project: Modification and Upgrades to Traffic Signals

Enter explanatory comments below, as required due to certain “YES” or “NO” answers to items “A” through “G” on the Project Application Form, or to provide information that will not fit on the application form, or to provide information that will clarify any potential confusion concerning the scope, cost or schedule of the project.

A. The project is included in the Signal Modifications and Upgrades for Fiscal Year 2005/06 City of Brentwood Capital Improvement Program (CIP), adopted by the Brentwood City Council May 25, 2004. The project was included as a “priority 2-necessary”CIP project needed to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The City Council will consider this item at their regularly scheduled meeting of December 14, 2004, and the certified resolution will be forwarded as soon as it is available from the City Clerk’s office. A copy of the resolution is attached to this application for reference. The project is not expected to encounter any opposition.

C. The upgrades will improve the safety for bicyclists and pedestrians crossing at signalized intersections. A survey of Walnut Creek residents found that pedestrians have a better comprehension of exactly how much time is available to use the crosswalk. The same finding was determined by a survey of San Jose pedestrians. A study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation found that crosswalk signal modifications that included these countdown signals increased “successful crossings” from 67% to 75%.

D. The City of Brentwood Bicycle Subcommittee considered this project at their November meeting and indicated their support.

E. This project will install upgraded equipment to existing traffic signals and a Categorical Exemption has been filed with the Contra Costa County Clerk indicating the project is exempt per Article 19, Section 15301 (f), “Addition of safety or health protection devices for use during construction of or in conjunction with existing structures, facilities, or mechanical equipment…..” A stamped copy of the Notice of Exemption will be mailed once it has been filed by the County Clerk.

G. Funds for maintenance have been budgeted in the City of Brentwood Capital Improvement Program, 2005/06. 

 

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