Economic Stimulus For Transportation
On February 17, 2009, the President signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). ARRA provides $27.5 billion supplemental funding to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to be apportioned to the states after certain takedowns. California's share is estimated to be $2.57 billion. FHWA has recently published ARRA Implementing Guidance, which contains detailed instruction to FHWA division offices and State DOT on the implementation of ARRA. A copy of the guidance may be downloaded from FHWA's Economic Recovery website: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/economicrecovery/guidance.htm .
BCAG is committed to helping regional local agencies deliver their projects funded with the federal economic recovery funds by providing timely guidance and information, by expediting project review and approval process.Related ARRA Links
ARRA Project & Programming Status and Summary (All Projects) - posted Oct 2009
Funding Targets for BCAG (For local road projects, transportation enhancements & transit)
Approved ARRA Road Certification for the following the road project listed below:
Approved ARRA Road Project Summary
Road Projects: (click on the agency to email questions directly to the implementing agency)
- City of Chico - State Route 99 @ Skyway Interchange Project.
- Town of Paradise - Roadway Overlays for portions of Pearson, Clark & Skyway
- City of Oroville - Table Mountain and Grand Ave Rehabilitation Project
- Butte County - Midway and Lower Honcut Rehabilitation Project
- Butte Regional Transit - Purchase up to 6 clean diesel buses
- City of Oroville - SR 70 @ Montgomery St Interchange Project
- Butte County - Lincoln Blvd. Median Project
"STIM 2," H.R. 2847, Jobs for Main Street Act, 2010
02/01/2010 - Congress is currently debating a second economic stimulus package, referred to as "STIM 2." In December 2009 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2847, the "Jobs for Main Street Act, 2010," and the Senate is expected to begin hearing this bill or possibly introduce its own version in the coming weeks. Information about the bill may be found on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's website: http://transportation.house.gov. According to information provided by Caltrans, California would receive approximately $2.55 billion in formula-based highway funds and $1.14 in formula-based transit funds under the House bill. BCAG's target is approximately $9 million as identified in the supporting documentation below as provided by Caltrans HQ.
Many of the requirements of STIM 2 are likely to be similar, if not the same, as ARRA with one important exception. The main milestone in ARRA was that 50 percent of funds must be obligated with 120 days, with remaining funds obligated within 1 year. Funds must be expended by September 20, 2015. "Obligation" refers to a commitment to spend funds, but until a contract is awarded and construction begins, no jobs are created. To ensure that a second round of stimulus funds results in immediate job creation, the House bill requires that contracts be awarded for at least 50 percent of funds within 90 days of apportionment, with the remaining under contract within 1 year. This timeline is much shorter and will require that projects funded by STIM 2 are in fact "shovel ready."
BCAG Board Memorandum - Programming New STIM 2 Projects (Feb 2010)
Plan A & Plan B - Identifies financially constrained list of projects for consideration
Caltrans HQ Guidance - Includes Regional Funding Targets
Butte County Projects Received for Funding Consideration - Response to Survey Request