As the RTPA, BCAG is required to prepare a Regional Transportation Improvement program (RTIP) every two years. The purpose of the RTIP is to identify programming recommendations for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is comprised of two components, the Regional Improvement Program (RIP) for projects nominated by regional agencies in California, such as BCAG and the Interregional Improvement Program (IIP) for projects nominated by Caltrans. The STIP is adopted by the California Transportation Commission.
The 2020 RTIP reflects a local, regional, and state commitment to deliver needed projects in the region which address safety concerns and economic goods movement. The State Route 70 Corridor in Yuba County and PPM funds are proposed.
The State Route 70 Corridor continues to be BCAG’s top priority for the region for over 30 years. The urbanized area of Chico is the largest urbanized area in the state not yet served by a continuous four lane highway. In addition, the entire SR 70 Corridor between Oroville and Marysville has met Caltrans’ “safety index” threshold to warrant SHOPP Safety funds to address the significant increase in fatalities along the corridor.
As part of the 2018 STIP Cycle, BCAG and Caltrans have partnered and with the support of the CTC, fully programmed the last three SR 70 Projects in Butte County. In fact, the first segment has already been completed from Ophir Rd to Palermo Rd. We applaud the efforts of District 3 in expeditiously delivering this project ahead of schedule and on budget. The next two projects in Butte County are underway. In Yuba County, Caltrans has begun the construction effort from Marysville to Laurellen Road to construct a 5-lane highway. Thirty years of fulfilling commitments, planning and programming is finally coming to fruition.
Remaining Unfinished Gap
The last segments of State Route 70 which remains to be widened is the gap between Laurellen Rd just outside of the City of Marysville to the Yuba/Butte County line. This section of SR 70 is entirely in Yuba County. BCAG has already committed $4 million of its Regional Improvement Program (RIP) funds for this corridor to complete the environmental component in cooperation with Caltrans. Caltrans has identified $32 million as the remaining funds needed to complete a contiguous 5 lane highway. The Yuba County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution supporting the programming of $4 million in regional funds from the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) to finish the corridor. BCAG is proposing to match Yuba County’s commitment of $4 million leaving an ITIP request of $24 million.
BCAG's 2020 RTIP works towards the completion of the SR 70 Corridor. With 22 fatalities since 2017, 5 fatalities in 2018 alone, it's time to finish the job.
RTIP Summary Statement:
BCAG is requesting / recommending that the project be programmed for Phase 1 at $13.5 million in ITIP Funds.
The vision defined in 1988 was to connect California’s largest urbanized area of Chico not yet served by a continuous 4-lane highway to Sacramento. Since then, numerous studies, plans and projects have been completed along the corridor. The projects proposed in the 2018 RTIP works towards achieving the vision.
The 2018 RTIP indicates the area's short-term plan for use of RIP and IIP dollars for transportation projects over the next five fiscal years beginning July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023. The Fund Estimate prepared by Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission identifies a range of $11.5 million and a maximum of $15.1 million.
The RTIP was developed in consultation with BCAG’s Transportation Advisory Committee, Caltrans, the CTC and public. Two public workshops have been held to solicit comments on the RTIP on December 11th from 12-2 p.m. and from 4-6 p.m. at the BCAG offices.
02/25/2016 Revised 2016 RTIP - Due to insufficient transportation revenues that fund the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the California Transportation Commission (CTC) has requested that submitted Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) documents be revised. BCAG's reduction target is $3.9 million. As a result, the SR 70 "Segment 2 Project" has been deleted from the original RTIP submittal.
The 2014 RTIP is a continuation of the progress defined in the 2012 RTIP. BCAG is recommending that two segments on the SR 70 Corridor (Segment 1 and Segment 2) move forward as well as complete the Neal Road Class 2 Bike Lane Project. PPM funds are used by BCAG to support its planning and programming responsibilities thru the period of the STIP. The memorandums below for the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Board memorandum provide a summary and description of the projects recommended for programming. Until the CTC actually adopts the STIP, the projects and funding could change. In essance, the RTIP is BCAG's recommendation to the CTC for approval. Approval by the CTC is scheduled for April 2014.
The 2012 RTIP indicates the area's short-term plan for use of RIP and IIP dollars for transportation projects over the next five fiscal years beginning July 1, 2012.The final recommendations identified below recommend $4.2 million in projects for the region and a reservation of $11.2 million for programming BCAG's next SR 70 Passing Lane project in the 2014 STIP cycle. The follwoing list of projects was developed in consultation with the BCAG Transportation Advisory Committee.
BCAG 2012 RTIP Recommendations:
Neal Rd Class 2 Bike Lane Project
Downtown Streetscape Project
Chico Bike Map Update
Subtotal for TE Projects
Butte County Midway over Butte Creek Project (Local Match)
Planning Programming and Monitoring (PPM)
Reserve balance for future SR 70 Passing Lane Project in the 2014 STIP Cycle
Subtotal for RIP Recommendations
TOTAL 2012 RTIP RECOMMENDATIONS
The draft 2012 RTIP for Butte County is available for review and comment. The public is encouraged to participate and provide input to the RTIP or any other BCAG planning function. The RTIP document is available for review on the Internet at www.bcag.org as available at each of the Butte County public libraries. Comments on the RTIP are requested by December 1, 2011.
The 2012 RTIP is scheduled to be adopted by the BCAG Board of Directors at their December 8, 2011 Board meeting at the City of Chico Council Chambers at 9:00 a.m. located at 421 Main Street, Chico, CA.
Questions regarding the RTIP can be directed to Ivan Garcia, Programming Manager at BCAG at 530-809-4616 or by e-mail at email@example.com.