January 19, 2000
METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING AGENCIES
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSIONS
Dear Executive Directors:
Subject: "Use it or Lose it" Notification
Per Assembly Bill (AB) 1012
Assembly Bill 1012 requires Caltrans to monitor
and report on the use of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality
(CMAQ) and Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) balances
to assure full and timely use of these funds. Regional agency
CMAQ and RSTP funds that are not obligated within the first three
years of federal eligibility are subject to reprogramming by the
California Transportation Commission (CTC) in the fourth year.
Caltrans must provide notification to regional agencies outlining
the apportionment balances subject to potential reprogramming
if not used within the specified timeframes. The apportionment
status report was released at today's CTC meeting, and is enclosed
for your review.
Transportation Enhancement Activity (TEA) Program
funds will be treated like RSTP funds for purposes of implementing
the "use it or lose it" provisions of AB 1012. The TEA
apportionment balances are posted on the Office of Local Programs
website. The web address is http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms.
The current balance minus your Federal Fiscal Years 2000 and 1999
apportionments results in the balance subject to reprogramming
by the CTC.
This correspondence will serve as official
notification to regional agencies of the CMAQ, RSTP, and TEA program
funds that are susceptible to the "use it or lose it"
provisions contained in AB 1012. Regional agencies are required
to submit a plan to Caltrans which will obligate any balance older
than 2-years old, and to ensure that none of the apportionment
balances reach 3-years. Plans must be submitted to Caltrans by
June 2000. Specific details on what is expected in the plan will
be provided to you within the next 30 days as well as additional
details of the requirements of AB 1012.
This information has been shared with the Caltrans
Districts. We are committed to providing you with the assistance
and means necessary to help you ensure these funds are obligated
within the required timeframes. If you have specific areas of
concern or additional issues concerning this subject, please contact
Norma Ortega at (916) 654-6841 or CALNET 8-464-6841.
Original signed by:
cc: District Directors
District Division Chiefs for Local Assistance
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