|State of California||Business, Transportation and Housing Agency|
M e m o r a n d u m
Date :November 2, 1999
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
|Subject:||Advanced Project Development Element of AB 1012|
Thank you for identifying candidate projects for acceleration under the advanced project development provisions of AB 1012. While the bill does not provide additional funding, it permits an early start on project development activities of up to 25 percent of the funding levels anticipated for the first and second years following the period of the State Transportation Improvement Program. We estimate that up to $94 million may be advanced under these provisions for interregional projects (IIP) and that up to $281 million in project development activities could be advanced for projects nominated by the regions (RIP).
As you might expect, we received many more candidate projects than we have capacity for advancing under the legislation. You noted in your submittals that several of the projects serve regional interests as well, and we encourage you to work with those interests to have them "advanced" using RIP capacity. This will enable the Department to focus its attention on those projects which are consistent with the Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan (primarily "focus track" and "gateway" projects that facilitate interregional movement of people and goods).
Scott McGowen and his staff are currently reviewing the candidate projects, and expect to have a preliminary proposed list of interregional projects totaling not more than $94 million in the next two weeks. The preliminary list will be provided to you and will be used for future consideration prior to final project selection. Although this list is preliminary, we will need estimated projected costs and years programmed to complete the list. You may be contacted to provide additional information to support your projects in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, please continue your efforts to complete draft PSRs (or PSR-EOs) by December 1, 1999. If your staff will be unable to meet that commitment, please let Scott know right away so the project can be removed from consideration.
We expect the California Transportation Commission to act on our proposal, and those submitted by the regions for the RIP, by their meeting in March. This will enable the Department to submit requests for staff adjustments as needed to support advanced project development efforts through the Finance Letter process.
Thank you for your continued support of this effort. If you
have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
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