California Department of Transportation

Office of Capital Improvement Programming (OCIP)

Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP) - A series of legislative projects throughout California to improve traffic mobility and relieve congestion, provides for safe and efficient movement of goods, and provides system connectivity.

Assembly Bill 2928 (AB 2928), which implemented the Traffic Congestion Relief Act, was signed on July 6, 2000 and provides:

  • $5.3 billion for the Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP)
  • $4.9 billion for 141 specific projects throughout California, designed to:
    • Provide congestion relief
    • Provide for the safe and efficient movement of goods
    • Provide intermodal connectivity
  • $400 million in Fiscal Year 2000/2001 to cities and counties for deferred maintenance

The purpose of the TCRP, as stated in the AB 2928, was to provide funding for transportation projects that would relieve congestion, connect transportation systems, and provide for better goods movement. Regional agencies, in association with the California Department of Transportation and the California Transportation Commission, developed a listing of candidate projects to be considered by the legislature. The legislature passed AB 2928, and then Governor Gray Davis signed it after redlining a number of projects. SB 1662 was passed shortly after to clean up some language as well as add a few additional projects.

The cost to complete all the projects listed in SB 1662 was originally estimated at $18 billion. The legislation provided a total of $4.9 billion in TCRP funding for the projects. Originally, $1.5 billion was to be made available immediately, and $678 million was to be transferred to the program for each of the five successive fiscal years. The intent of providing the TCRP funds to these projects was to fully fund some projects, provide “gap” funding for projects that had other committed funds to complete the work, and to “jump start” other projects and provide an incentive to commit other fund sources (local, federal, etc.)

The TCRP was approved with 141 projects designated in legislation (SB 1662) to be implemented. Given the complexity of scope, some of these projects were administratively divided into “sub-projects” in order to more effectively deal with implementation, bringing the total number of transportation projects the TCRP manages to approximately 200.