May 9, 2020
This month Sonoma County Transportation Authority and the Regional Climate Protection Authority SCTA/RCPA have items focused on a vote to move forward with the GoSonoma transportation measure, a call for services to operate an innovative water saving program, funding for transit providers to reduce air pollution, and funding for bike paths. Below are four highlighted items from the May 11, 2020 agenda of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority and Regional Climate Protection Authority:
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A. GoSonoma The Measure M 1⁄4-cent transportation sales tax will expire in 2024. In order to maintain our status as a self-help county and deliver critical transportation projects, the SCTA is considering a sales tax extension for the November 2020 ballot. At the May 11 meeting, the SCTA Board will consider adopting the GoSonoma Expenditure Plan along with an ordinance directing staff to perform outreach to the nine city councils and County Board of Supervisors seeking their support for GoSonoma.
B. RFP: Water Upgrades $ave Program Operator The new BayREN Water Upgrades $ave program helps Bay Area water customers install water efficiency upgrades — with no upfront cost — using a monthly on-bill charge that is significantly lower than the estimated savings. As we get ready to launch,RCPA is seeking a Program Operator who will be responsible for daily implementation of the regional Program.
C. Transportation Fund for Clean Air Program of Projects (FY 20/21) The SCTA Board will vote on funding for transportation projects that reduce air pollution as part of the FY20/21 Transportation Fund for Clean Air program of projects to be submitted to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. Staff has worked with local transit providers and public works agencies to distribute a total of $771,744 as follows:
Sonoma County Transit - $185,722 for Electric Bus Purchase
Petaluma Transit - $108,200 for Transit Marketing
Santa Rosa CityBus - $305,278 for Trip Reduction Incentives
Petaluma Public Works - $172,544 for the Lynch Creek Trail
D.Transportation Development Act, Article 3, Program of Projects (FY 20/21) The SCTA Board will vote on funding for bike and pedestrian projects as part of the FY20/21 Transportation Development Act, Article 3 (TDA3) program of projects to be submitted to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Staff has worked with local jurisdictions to distribute a total of $1,192,995 as follows:
RohnertPark - $480,000 for Trail to Crane Creek Regional Park
Santa Rosa - $450,000 for Santa Rosa Avenue Bike and Pedestrian Enhancements
Petaluma - $62,995 for the Lynch Creek Trail
County Regional Parks - $200,000 for the Copeland Creek Trail (Petaluma Hill Road to Crane Creek Regional Park)
The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) was created in 1990 and is governed by a twelve-member Board of Directors representing each of the nine cities. The SCTA plays a leading role in transportation in Sonoma County by securing funds, overseeing project delivery and long term planning. The SCTA acts as the countywide planning and fund programming agency for transportation related issues.
The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) leads a local government coalition to mobilize regional climate action in Sonoma County. The RCPA was formed in 2009 to coordinate countywide climate protection efforts among Sonoma County’s nine cities and multiple agencies. The RCPA fosters collaboration, helps to set goals, pools resources, formalizes partnerships, and works across silos.
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