CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The California Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) is a statewide, multi-year, intermodal program of transportation projects, prepared by the California Department of Transportation (Department) in cooperation with the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs). The purpose of the FSTIP is to ensure that federal transportation funding continues to flow into California as a result of complying with federal regulations pertaining to programming projects for funding.
The Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: a Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), extended by the 2010 Hire Act, requires all capital and non-capital transportation projects or identified phases of transportation projects proposed for funding under the Federal Transit Act and/or Title 23 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to be included in the FSTIP. This includes transportation enhancements, federal lands highways projects, trails projects, pedestrian walkways, transit, and bicycle transportation facilities. In addition, the FSTIP includes revenue estimates based on SAFETEA-LU.
The FSTIP must be updated at least once every four years, cover a programming period of four years, and contain a priority list of projects grouped by year. Currently, the FSTIP is updated every two years. The FSTIP must be financially constrained by year and include sufficient financial information to demonstrate that projects can be funded as programmed. Only projects with funds that are reasonably expected to be available may be programmed in the FSTIP. In Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) air quality non-attainment and maintenance areas, all projects must be in conformity with the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for air quality before they can be programmed in the FSTIP.
Additionally, reasonable opportunity must be provided for public involvement during the developmental stages of the FSTIP. The Department has developed a public participation process that details the involvement opportunities provided to the public and interested parties during the development of the FSTIP (See Exhibit V). The FSTIP may be amended during its life cycle to reflect changes in project’s scope, schedules, costs and priorities and to add or delete projects.
This FSTIP includes four fiscal years (2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2013/2014) for federal approval. Project listings are included in one of the following elements:
1. Projects listed in the eighteen MPO’s Federal Transportation Improvement Programs
(FTIPs) are incorporated by reference.
2. Projects in non-MPO, rural counties, including state highway projects, local highway
projects, and transit projects are listed in Exhibit I.
About the California Department of Transportation
“Caltrans manages more than 50,000 miles of California’s highway and freeway lanes, provides inter-city rail services, permits more than 400 public-use airports and special-use hospital heliports, and works with local agencies. Caltrans carries out its mission of improving mobility across California with six primary programs: Aeronautics, Highway Transportation, Mass Transportation, Transportation Planning, Administration and the Equipment Service Center.”
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