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RTP / SCS

Public Notice

The Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Butte County. As the MPO, BCAG is required to prepare a long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) / Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) every four years. The RTP/SCS identifies the long-range transportation plans for specific funding programs by transportation mode through the year 2040.

The 2016 RTP/SCS consists of the following:

  1. RTP/SCS Document – includes Policy Element, Sustainable Communities Strategy, Action Element & Financial Element.
  2. Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Determination – demonstrating that the projects in the RTP conform to the applicable federal air quality requirements.
  3. Environmental Impact Report (EIR) – complying with the California Environmental Quality Act requirements

The 2016 RTP/SCS and EIR were prepared and made available for public review.  A public hearing to consider adoption of the 2016 RTP/SCS document and Certification of the Final EIR is scheduled December 8, 2016 at the BCAG Board of Directors meeting. The meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Chico Council Chambers located at 411 Main Street, Chico CA 95926.

All documents are available for review at the BCAG offices or linked digital copies are below . Comments on the project can be directed to Mr. Iván García, Programming Manager for BCAG at 530-809-4616 or by email at igarcia@bcag.org. Comments can also be mailed to BCAG at 326 Huss Drive, Suite 150, Chico CA 95928.

 
 

2016 Regional Transportation Plan & Sustainable Communities Strategy

The Regional Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) specifies the policies, projects, and programs necessary over a 20+ year period to maintain, manage, and improve the region’s transportation system. The Butte County 2016 RTP/SCS covers the 24-year period between 2016 and 2040.  The RTP/SCS is required to be updated every four years.  The RTP/SCS includes an Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Determination, as well as a Program Environmental Impact Report.

If you wish to be added to a participation list to be directly informed on matters concerning the 2016 update, please email igarcia@bcag.org.
 
2016 RTP/SCS - Adopted December 8, 2016
 
Section 1 - Policy Element
 
Section 2 - Action Element
 
Section 3 - Financial Element
 
Appendices
Appendix 4 - Comments Received     
Appendix 5 - Caltrans RTP Checklist      
Appendix 6-6: Modeling
Appendix 7 - Regional Road Network
 
2016 RTP/SCS Development Schedule (subject to change)   
 
PUBLIC WORKSHOPS & HEARINGS 

Public Workshops: Each round of public workshops consists of presentations made at each of the locations. While workshops are held, BCAG welcomes the opportunity to receive input in any convenient manner to the public, such as by phone, email, fax, mail, or in person. Notices concerning the workshops are placed in the local newspapers of general circulation as well as the BCAG website.
 
 
Round 4 - Review Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (September 2016)
 
An open house workshop has been scheduled to review the complete Draft 2016 RTP/SCS document.  A complete hard copy of the various chapters identified above will be available.
Oroville Workshop:  Thursday, September 8, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Oroville City Council Chambers located at 1735 Montgomery St. in Oroville.
Chico Workshop:  Monday, September 12, 2016 from 1-5 p.m. at the BCAG offices (Conference Room) located at 326 Huss Drive, Suite 150 in Chico.
 

Round 3 - Review Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (July 2016)

An open house workshop has been scheduled to review the Preliminary Draft 2016 RTP/SCS for July 13, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the BCAG conference room located at 326 Huss Drive, Suite 150, Chico.  Links to the workshop documents and public notice will be posted below when available.

Preliminary Draft SCS (also posted above)
 
Round 2 - Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meetings (September 2015)

BCAG staff and EIR consultants, Rincon Inc., are hosting  two public workshops in September of 2016 in the City of Oroville and Chico to solicit views from agencies and the public regarding the scope and content of the environmental analysis that will be included in the Draft EIR in. Links to the workshop documents and public notice have been posted below.


Round 1 - Outreach Prior to Development (August 2014)

Prior to the development of the 2016 RTP/SCS, staff is hosted  two public workshops in August of 2014 in the City of Oroville and Chico in an effort to educate and inform the public as to what the project consists of and to solicit comments. Links to the workshop documents and public notice have been posted below.

Comment Card       
 

 

 
 

2012 MTP/SCS Amendments

The purpose of the following amendments is to ensure consistency between the Program (FTIP) and the Plan (MTP/SCS). Most projects are the result of grant funding received that was not anticipated and projects that do not effect air quality conformity nor raise any issues or concerns.    
  
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 11 - Recreation Trails Program and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program - Various Changes 
Comment Period - March 3, 2016 - March 24, 2016.The purpose of these amendments is to make the following changes described below to the FTIP and to the MTP/SCS:

(New Project) Paradise Transit Center Project - - This amendment programs the Paradise Transit Center as a new project.  The purpose of the project is to construct a new bus terminal and transfer point in the Town of Paradise. Two options will be considered one at or near the existing location at Almond & Birch Streets and the second at the Skyway and Foster triangle/intersection. Multi modal improvements include transit, bike and pedestrian improvements.  Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant funding will be used for the preliminary engineering only.  This amendment programs $650,000 in the 2015/2016 fiscal year.  The lead agency will be BCAG.  This project is exempt from regional emissions analysis per EPA’s Transportation Conformity Rule Section 93.127 Exempt Projects Table 3 stating that bus terminals and transfer points are exempt.

(New Project) Forest Motorized Travel Management Plan - This amendment programs a new management plan for the Plumas National Forest Feather River Ranger District.  The scope of the project is to develop a Trail Assessment Study report for 19 OHV trails total 15.25 miles within the District.  This project programs $37,150 in Recreation Trails Program funding for the 2015/16 fiscal year.  Butte County Public Works is the lead agency. This project is exempt from air quality conformity per EPA’s Transportation Conformity Rule Section 93.126 Exempt Projects Table 2 (Other) stating that specific activities which do not involve or lead directly to construction are exempt.

(Existing Project) Table Mountain Blvd Roundabout - In the City of Oroville, the scope of the project is to construct a new roundabout on Table Mountain Blvd at Nelson and Cherokee Rd.  This amendment approves $170,000 in additional CMAQ funds for the construction component in the 2015/16 fiscal year.

(Delete Project) Oroville Street Sweeper Project.  This project is currently programmed in the 2015 FTIP and has been withdrawn by the City of Oroville.  The project was originally programmed with $218,764 in CMAQ funds. The project has been funded with other local funds.

(Delete Duplicate Project) SR 99 Corridor Bikeway Phase 4 Project.  This project was re-enterred as a new Active Transportation Program project by a previous FTIP amendment.  This deletion is an administrative action. The Phase 4 project is fully funded.

 
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 10 - Local Highway Bridge Program & Highway Safety Improvement Program Comment Period - December 15, 2015 - January 27, 2016. The purpose of this amendment is to update the Highway Bridge Program list for both Grouped and Individually Listed Projects and to update the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Grouped Listing as described below:

 Butte County HSIP  – Grouped Listing  - This amendment updates the existing Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) “Grouped Listing” to account for the removal of two projects and adding 4 new projects.

  1. HSIP3-03-002Lincoln Blvd. from 50' North of Idora St. to 100' South of Arnold Ave.
  2. HSIP5-03-001Durham Pentz Rd. between SR 99 and SR 191 (HR3)
  3. HSIP5-03-002East Gridley Rd./Larkin Rd.
  4. HSIP5-03-009Oro Dam Blvd./Orange Ave./Acacia Ave.
  5. HSIP6-03-006Clark Rd between Adams Rd and Kimberly Lane
  6. HSIP6-03-008Pearson Rd between Clark Rd and Pentz Rd
  7. HSIP6-03-009Clark Rd between Billie Rd and Wagstaff Rd
  8. HSIP7-03-001(New) City of Chico, Nord Ave. Complete Street 1st to 4th.Walnut Street (also known as Nord Ave. to the north and SR-32) between West 1st Street and West 4th Street
  9. HSIP7-03-002(New) Esplanade between Cohasset Rd and Memorial Way
  10. HSIP7-03-003(New) Intersections of Nord Ave. (SR-32) and West Sacramento Ave
  11. HSIP7-03-004(New) Intersection of Skyway at Black Olive Drive

 Local HBP – Grouped Listing - This amendment updates the existing Highway Bridge Program (HBP) “Grouped Listing” per Caltrans HQ. This amendment now has 7 total projects. The prior version had 9 projects:

  1. HBP ID: 3470 - Bridge No. 12C0052 - Midway Over Butte Creek
  2. HBP ID: 3747 - Bridge No. 12C0164 - E Rio Bonito Over Hamilton Slough
  3. HBP ID: 3746 - Bridge No. 12C0165 - E Rio Bonito over Sutter -Butte Canal
  4. HBP ID: 1894 - Bridge No. 12C0180 - Oregon Gulch Rd over Morris Ravine
  5. HBP ID: 4153 - Bridge No. 12C0242 - Ord Ferry Rd, over Little Chico Creek
  6. HBP ID: 3766 - Bridge No. 12C0328 - Pomona Rd Over Little Chico Creek
  7. HBP ID: 3779 - Bridge No. 12C0336 - Salem St over Little Chico Creek

 Local Highway Bridge Program (Individually Listed) – This amendment updates the project delivery and cost schedule for this bridge replacement project.  There is no change in total funding for these projects.

  1. Central House Rd., over Wyman Ravine Bridge. Existing Project.
  2. Guynn Rd., over Lindo Channel, Just north of W. Lindo Ave Bridge. Existing Project.

 The purpose of the HSIP and HBP Grouped projects are to address safety concerns. Specific project scope details are posted online.  These “Grouped” projects project are exempt from air quality conformity per EPA’s Transportation Conformity Rule Section 93.126 Exempt Projects Table 2 (Safety) stating that Highway Safety Improvement Program projects are exempt and widening of narrow pavements or reconstructing bridges (no additional travel lanes) are exempt as well. Both Central House Rd Bridge and Guynn Rd Bridge are not exempt from air quality conformity, but they are existing projects already included in the current FTIP and MTP/SCS.  Therefore a new regional emissions analysis for the FTIP and MTP/SCS is not necessary. BCAG does not have any Transportation Control Measures in the State Implementation Plan (SIP) and therefore the project does not interfere with any TCMs.


2012 MTP SCS Amendment 9 - Active Transportation Program. This amendment programs 7 new ATP Cycle 2 projects. These project are exempt from conformity per EPA's Transportation Conformity Rule Section 93.126 Table 2 (Air Quality) stating that bicycle and pedestrian projects are exempt.  The various projects are included as part of amendment 07 to the FTIP:

  1. Paradise – Almond Street Multimodal Project -   This project is located along Almond Street between Pearson Rd and Elliott Rd in the Town of Paradise. The project adds sidewalks, curbs and gutters to Almond Street. This amendment programs $3,905,000 in ATP funds with $476,000 in local funds for a total of $3,429,000. 
  2. South Oroville SRTS  Lincoln Blvd and Las Plumas Ave - Located along Lincoln Blvd., Las Plumas Ave., Lower Wyandotte Rd., and Monte Vista Ave the project installs bike lanes, sidewalks, pedestrian crossing safety enhancements, and driver feedback signs along the main corridors of the south Oroville routes to school. This amendment programs $1,516,000 in ATP funds with $200,000 in local funds for a total of $1,716,000.
  3. Paradise Memorial Trailway Class 1 Enhancements - Located along the Memorial Trailway in Paradise from Neal Rd to Pentz Rd. This project brings the trailway to current standards along a 5 mile stretch for width and minimum standards for the shoulders. The project also includes crosswalk enhancements at 5 arterial intersections.  This amendment programs $1,356,000 in ATP funds with $35,000 in local funds for a total project cost of $1,391,000. 
  4. B Street and 2nd Street Sidewalk Improvement Project SRTS Project. Located in the City of Biggs on B Street from 1st Street to 11th Street and on 2nd Street from E Street to just north of I Street. This project constructs sidewalk and curb ramps along B Street and 2nd Street to close sidewalk gaps and provide a safe route to school.  This amendment programs $809,000 in ATP funds.
  5. SR 99 Bikeway Phase 4 Improvements Project. This project is located in the City of Chico from Business Lane along the east side of SR 99 corridor to the Skyway northbound on-ramp. The purpose of the project is to construct a new Class 1 Bikeway. This amendment programs $800,000 in ATP funds, $800,000 in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program funds, and $186,000 in local funds for a total of $1,786,000.
  6. Ponderosa Elementary SRTS Project. This project is located on Pentz Rd between Bille Rd and 300' north of Wagstaff Rd in the Town of Paradise. This project will convert Pentz Rd from a 2-lane, 20' wide roadway with undeveloped, dangerous shoulders to a complete street solution supporting walking, bicycling and rolling to and from school and nearby destinations. This amendment programs $1,501,000 in ATP funds and $232,000 in local funds for a total of $1,733,000.
  7. Downtown Paradise Equal Mobility Project. This project along the Skyway between Pearson Rd and Elliott Rd in the Town of Paradise. The project aims to improve equality in mobility for the downtown core. Improvements include the removal of barriers, gravel sidewalks, asphalt sidewalks, and driveways with construction of ADA-compliant facilities. This amendment programs $539,000 in ATP funds and $14,000 in local funds for a total cost of $553,000.
 
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 8 -State Highway Operations and Protection Program - Highway Maintenance Project. Public Review period (July 22, 2015 through August 27, 2015). The purpose of this amendment is to program a new project "SHOPP Highway Maintenance Grouped Listing" to the 2015 FTIP. This amendment programs a project on State Route 32 in Butte County. The project limits are from near post mile 19 to 23.9 from La Casanta Drive north to near Nopel Avel. This project is approximately 9.8  lane miles (both directions). This project is being programmed with $3.37 million in Caltran's highway maintenance funds (HM). The scope of the project is maintenance asphalt overlay. The project is exempt from conformity per EPA's Transportation Conformity Rule Section 93.126 Table 2 (Safety) stating that Pavement Resurfacing and or Rehabilitation projects are exempt.  This project was reviewed by the Interagency Consultation Review for concurrence.

Board Agenda Item   

2012 MTP SCS Amendment 7 - Public Comment Period May 1, 2015 through May 28, 2015. The purpose of this amendment is to add a new grouped listing with two (2) new projects for Federal Transit Administration 5310 “Enhancement” Program  - Both projects are non-infrastructure projects.
1. Help Central Inc. Mobility Management Program – This project funds the operational costs for Help Central’s “Butte 2-1-1 Call Center Helpline” program. This project is a non-infrastructure project.  This project supports the operation of the one stop Butte 2-1-1 call center to provide transportation information, trip planning assistance, and community resource referrals 24/7, 365 days a year to Butte County residents especially the elderly, disabled and low income populations.  This project is being programmed with $113,858 in FTA 5310 funds and $28,465 in Toll Credits.  This project is exempt from regional conformity for air quality
2. Butte Regional Transit (B-Line) Dial-A-Ride Operating Assistance.     This project is to provide Paratransit transportation services to non-ADA qualified individuals including seniors 70 years of age or older who are not able to utilized the B-Line ADA complementary Paratransit service. This project is being programmed with $300,000 in FTA 5310 funds and $300,000 in Toll Credits. Funding for this project is for fiscal year 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
 
BCAG Board of Directors Memorandum  
Amendment Summary    
Public Notice    
 
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 6 - Public Comment Period June 30, 2014 through August 28, 2014. The purose of this amendment is to update the project listing for the short time frame (fiscal years 2014/15, 15/16, 16/17 and 17/18) in order to be consistent witht the adoption of the new 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program.  Specific project information can be found at BCAG's FTIP web page. 
 
Amendment Summary (2015 FTIP Project Listing Summary)     
Public Notice     
 
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 5 - This Amendment identifies the programming of three new Active Transportation Program projects programmed in the 2013 FTIP and 2015 FTIP on behalf of the Town of Paradise and the City of Biggs.  These projects are safe routes to schools types of project and exempt from air quality conformity. 
 
 
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 4 - Public Comment Period June 20, 2014 through July 24, 2014.  The purpose of this amendment is to program new HSIP projects on behalf of the Town of Paradise, update fudning for the JARC program for an existing Mobility Mangement project, and to program 3 new Paratransit vehicles with equipment funded by FTA's Section 5310 program. FTIP amendent #8 for the FTIP, and MTP/SCS Amendment #3 were adopted at the January 23, 2014 Board meeting.
 
 
2012 MTP SCS Amendment 3 -  Public Comment Period December 20, 2013 through January 23, 2014 -  The purpose of this amendment is to program new HSIP projects on behalf of the Town of Paradise, update fudning for the JARC program for an existing Mobility Mangement project, and to program 3 new Paratransit vehicles with equipment funded by FTA's Section 5310 program. FTIP amendent #8 for the FTIP, and MTP/SCS Amendment #3 were adopted at the January 23, 2014 Board meeting.
Public Notice    
 
2012 MTP/SCS Amendment 2 - Public Comment Period November 1, 2013 - December 1, 2013 - The purpsoe of this amendment is to update the Caltrans SHOPP Grouped Listing Project. This included updating an existing project schedule and funding information as well as adding a new project to the list.  Details on this amendment are idetnified in the FTIP web page under "Amendment #6.  This amendment does not require a new regional emissions analysis for air quality.
 
BCAG Board Memorandum for Amendment # 2 to the 2012 FTIP and Amendment #6 to the 2013 FTIP   
2012 MTP/SCS Amendment 1 - Public Comment Period May 29, 2013 through June 27, 2013 - The purpose of this amendment is to identify the Forest Highway 171 Project in the MTP with the programming of $479,0061 in Public Lands Highway Program funds for construction.  Details on this amendment are identified in the FTIP web page under "Amendment 3". This project does not require a new regional emissions analysis for air quality.

BCAG Board Memorandum for Amendment #1 to the 2013 FTIP and 2012 MTP/SCS
Amendment Summary 
Public Notice

Overview

BCAG is required to adopt a Metropolitan Transportation Plan / Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) every 4 years to identify the region's long range transportation plan for a 20 year minimum horizon.  The 2012 MTP will cover the years from 2012 to 2035.

The MTP serves as the foundation for the development of the short-range Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP).  The MTP can be amended at any time by the BCAG Board of Directors.

The 2012 MTP/SCS contains the following:

  1. MTP Document - including all required components (Policy, Action, Financial and Sustainable Communities Strategy)
  2. Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Determination - demonstrating that the projects in the MTP conform to the applicable federal air quality requirements.
  3. Sustainable Communities Strategy - forecasted development pattern for the region which complies with recent legislation (SB 375).
  4. Environmental Impact Report - complying with the California Environmental Quality Act requirements

The MTP/SCS is scheduled to be adopted by the BCAG Board of Directors on Thursday, December 13, 2012.
Public Notice.

If you would like to learn more about the MTP/SCS or have staff make a presentation to your organization, please email: Ivan Garcia.

MTP/SCS Document with Appendicies

Distribution Memorandum  
MTP/SCS Document (All Chapters): 6.3 megabytes
MTP/SCS Appendices: (All Appendices, except EIR): 12 megabytes


MTP Cover Page and TABLE OF CONTENTS  
Adopting Resolution 

SECTION 1 POLICY ELEMENT  
Chapter 1 - Introduction and Overview   
Chapter 2 - Policy Element   
SECTION 2 - ACTION ELEMENT
Chapter 3 - Analysis   
Chapter 4 - Sustainable Communities Strategy     
Chapter 5 - Action Element Conclusions     
Chapter 6 - Highways, Local Streets and Roads 
Chapter 7 - Transit      
Chapter 8 - Non-Motorized Transportation     
Chapter 9 - Intelligent Transportation Systems   
Chapter 10 - Aviation   
Chapter 11 - Rail
Chapter 12 - Goods Movement   
SECTION 3 - FINANCIAL ELEMENT
Chapter 13 - Financial Element    

APPENDICES

Appendix 1 - Air Quality Conformity Analysis and Determination
FHWA Conformity Determination Approval - July 17, 2013

Appendix 2 - Environmental Impact Report

Appendix 3 - Public Involvement Documentation  

Appendix 4 - Comments Received

Appendix 5 - Caltrans MTP Checklist     

Appendix 6 - Technical Methodology for Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Appendix 7 - SB 375 Requirements and Recommendation Checklist

Appendix 8 - Public Involvement Efforts regarding SB 375 Requirements

Appendix 9 - Butte County Long-Term Regional Growth Forecasts 2010-2035

Appendix 10 - Land Use Scenario Analysis

Appendix 11 - Regional Housing Needs Allocation Methodology

Public Workshops and Public Hearings

PUBLIC NOTICE - Public Hearing to solicit final comments and informing the public of adoption of the MTP/SCS at the December 13, 2013 BCAG Board of Directors meeting.

Public Workshops: 
Each round of public workshops consists of presentations made at each of the following jurisdictions:  City of Chico, City of Gridley, City of Oroville and the Town of Paradise.  While workshops are held, BCAG welcomes the opportunity to receive input in any convenient manner to the public, such as by phone, email, fax, mail, or in person.  Notices concerning the workshops were placed in each of the local newspapers of general circulation as well as the BCAG website.

Round 1 - Outreach Prior to Development (June/July 2010)

Prior to development of the MTP, staff held four public workshops in 2010 throughout the County to educate and inform the public as to what the project consists of and to solicit comments.  Links to the workshop documents and public notice have been posted below.

Power Point Presentation  in PDF   

Public Notice (Sept 2012)

Public Notice (July 2010)

Public Notice (June -2010 - Informing public of the early development of the 2012 RTP and 2011 FTIP)

Round 2 - Draft and Sustainable Communities Strategy Informational Workshops (August 2011)

The purpose of the August 2011 workshops were to present the preliminary draft MTP document completed. In addition, information was presented to educate and inform the public as to what the SCS consists of, the issues and policies choices, and to solicit comments prior to its development.

Public Notice (August 2011 Workshops)

Round 3 - Draft MTP and Sustainable Communities Strategy Informational Workshops (June 2012)

The purpose of the 3rd Round of workshops will be to present the revised preliminary draft MTP document, including the latest financial element and proposed transportation project listing. In addition, information will presented on the preliminary results of the land use scenario analysis included in the SCS.

Public Notice (June 2012 Workshops)

Round 4 - Draft and Sustainable Communities Strategy Informational Workshops (October 2012)

The purpose of the 4th Round of workshops will be to present the official Draft MTP/SCS document, containing the draft  financial, policy, action, financial and SCS elements. In addition, information will presented on the Environmental Impact Report and Air Quality Conformity Determination.

Power Point Presentation in PDF

Public Notice (October 2012 Workshop)    

PUBLIC HEARINGS.  The public hearings below will be held at 9:00 a.m. at the City of Chico Council Chambers located at 411 Main Street, Chico CA 95928

  • October 25, 2012 BCAG Board of Directors Meeting. (Presenting Final Draft MTP & SCS and hearing for public comments)       
  • December 13, 2012 BCAG Board of Directors Meeting. (Presenting Final Draft MTP & SCS and hearing for public comments. Scheduled adoption as well )

Please note:  Once the MTP/SCS Project is adopted by the BCAG Board, the Board may amend the document at any time.  If you would like to learn more about the MTP/SCS, request a presentation to your organization, or meet with BCAG staff, please email: Ivan Garcia