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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 4

Meeting Date: January 22, 2008

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution in support of Metropolitan Transportation Commission to provide continued and expanded funding to local jurisdictions for the maintenance and improvements of local streets and roads.

Prepared by: Lori Sanders, Project Services Specialist

Submitted by: Bailey Grewal, Director of Public Works/City Engineer

RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution in support of Metropolitan Transportation Commission to provide continued and expanded funding to local jurisdictions for the maintenance and improvements of local streets and roads.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (“MTC”) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (“MPO”) for the San Francisco Bay Area and receives federal allocations of Surface Transportation Planning (“STP”) funds. A portion of these funds pass through MTC to the cities and counties of the Bay Area and are used to maintain and improve local streets and roads.

MTC is required by state and federal law to develop a Regional Transportation Plan (“RTP”), which is a 25-year transportation planning document that is updated every four years. The most recent RTP (called T-2030) was adopted in 2005 and includes a 25-year forecast for transportation funding in the Bay Area, including the allocation of federal STP funds.

In the past ten years, MTC has allocated an increasing percentage of STP funds in successive RTPs to its regional programs (i.e., Transportation for Livable Communities (“TLC”) and Regional Pedestrian and Bicycles). The amount of STP funding that MTC channels to its regional programs has increased from $180 million in the 2001 RTP to $740 million in the 2005 RTP. The cities of Contra Costa County rely heavily upon this federal funding source to maintain and improve local streets and roads. The City of Brentwood has obtained funding in the past through this program for improvements to Brentwood Boulevard and Walnut Boulevard.

While the City of Brentwood has recently been recognized with a high rating on the conditions of its roads, every effort to utilize available funding to maintain and improve them as necessary will be made. It is also beneficial to the residents that the regional roadways leading into the City of Brentwood are well-maintained and in good condition.

Based upon the currently adopted RTP, the cost of maintaining local streets and roads is $16.7 billion while revenues are projected at $10.2 billion, causing an urgent need for additional funding.

In an attempt to address and satisfy the urgent need for additional funding, MTC is requesting our support with the following:

1. Find the deteriorating conditions of local streets and roads to be an extremely serious problem warranting immediate attention, in order to limit further damages and return the streets and roads to a decent state of repair; and

2. Support expanded funding for local streets and roads out of discretionary federal funds flowing directly to MTC through commitments in the 2009 RTP; and

3. Encourage MTC to expand funding of local streets and roads by utilizing federal regional STP funding, other discretionary sources that flow directly through MTC, and new sources that become available to the region; and

4. Urge MTC to cap the percentage of regional STP funds that are set aside for its regional programs to current levels or less, in order to increase the opportunity to fund local streets and roads rehabilitation and capital maintenance.

The City of Brentwood’s support in this endeavor may provide much needed additional funding for local and regional transportation projects such as; Brentwood Boulevard, Lone Tree Way, Highway 239, Highway 4 Bypass Segment 2 widening, Vasco Road Improvements, etc.

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 IN SUPPORT OF METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE TO PROVIDE CONTINUED AND EXPANDED FUNDING TO LOCAL JURISDICTIONS FOR THE MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENTS OF LOCAL STREETS AND ROADS.

WHEREAS, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (“MTC”) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (“MPO”) for the San Francisco Bay Area; and
WHEREAS, as the MPO, MTC receives federal allocations of Surface Transportation Planning (“STP”) funds, a portion of which pass through MTC to the cities and counties of the Bay Area and are used to maintain and improve local streets and roads; and
WHEREAS, state and federal law requires that MTC develop a Regional Transportation Plan (“RTP”) and update it every four years; and
WHEREAS, the RTP is a 25-year transportation planning document that is required under federal law to include a financial element; and
WHEREAS, MTC’s adopted 2005 RTP (called “T-2030”), includes a 25-year forecast for transportation funding in the Bay Area, including the allocation of federal STP funds; and
WHEREAS, MTC is in the process of updating its RTP; and
WHEREAS, under the current federal authorization (SAFETEA-LU), FHWA allocated $32.7 billion in STP funds nationwide; and
WHEREAS, the Bay Area’s share of STP funds is $452 million over the life of SAFETEA-LU from 2003 through 2009; and
WHEREAS, 100% of STP funds are eligible for funding transit capital shortfalls and local streets and roads rehabilitation for the Bay Area; and
WHEREAS, in the past decade MTC has allocated an increasing percentage of STP funds in successive RTPs to its regional programs such as Transportation for Livable Communities (“TLC”) and Regional Pedestrian and Bicycles, and is contemplating further increases for ABAG’s “Focus” program; and
WHEREAS, the amount of STP funding that MTC channels to its regional programs has increased from $180 million in the 2001 RTP, to $740 million in the 2005 RTP; and
WHEREAS, the cities of Contra Costa rely heavily upon federal funding sources to maintain and improve local streets and roads; and
WHEREAS, prior to 1991 revisions, federal funding for local streets and roads was provided directly to the cities and the counties through the federal aid urban and federal aid secondary programs, and were not available to MTC for diversion to regional programs; and
WHEREAS, MTC’s regional programs, although beneficial to specific elements of the transportation system, do not contribute directly to maintaining and improving local streets and roads; and
WHEREAS, based upon the currently adopted RTP, the cost of maintaining local streets and roads is $16.7 billion, while revenues are projected at $10.2 billion; and
WHEREAS, additional funding for streets and roads is urgently needed.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood does hereby:

1. Find the deteriorating conditions of local streets and roads to be an extremely serious problem warranting immediate attention, in order to limit further damages and return the streets and roads to a decent state of repair; and
2. Support expanded funding for local streets and roads out of discretionary federal funds flowing directly to MTC through commitments in the 2009 RTP; and
3. Encourage MTC to expand funding of local streets and roads by utilizing federal regional STP funding, other discretionary sources that flow directly through MTC, and new sources that become available to the region; and
4. Urge MTC to cap the percentage of regional STP funds that are set aside for its regional programs to current levels or less, in order to increase the opportunity to fund local streets and roads rehabilitation and capital maintenance.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 22nd day of January 2008 by the following vote:
 
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