Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA)
The Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 apportioned $911.8 million to California (COVID Relief Funds). Under the Act, the COVID Relief Funds may be used for a broad range of surface transportation purposes listed in Section 113(b) of Title 23 of the U.S. Code and are meant to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.” Specifically, the Act allows states to cover revenue losses and allows COVID Relief Funds to be used on new or existing projects, and for preventive and routine maintenance; operations; personnel; salaries; contracts; debt service payments; and availability payments; as well as transfers to public tolling agencies. The COVID Relief Funds were apportioned to the State Programs (60%) and Region Programs (40%). The COVID Relief funds for the Regional Programs were further apportioned to the local agencies in the Regional Improvement Program (RIP) and the Surface Transportation Block Grant (STBG) Program. The California Transportation Commission (CTC) adopted the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 – CRRSAA Program Guidelines for STBG projects and the 2021 Mid-Cycle State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Guideline for RIP projects. The CRRSAA Non-STIP and the 2021 Mid-Cycle STIP (COVID Relief – STIP) each made approximately $182.4 million in funding available for eligible projects. The CRRSAA Non-STIP Program is funded from the Non-STIP regional distribution of the COVID Relief Funds and the COVID Relief – STIP is funded from the STIP regional distribution of the COVID Relief Funds.
Eligible Project Types
- Projects that are eligible under the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program (new and existing)
- Routine maintenance/rehabilitation projects (new and existing)
- Projects funding operations
- Projects funding personnel - including salaries of employees or contractors
- Debt service payments; availability payments and coverage for other revenue losses
The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (Public Law 118-5/H.R. 3746) rescinded any unobligated Covid Relief Funds when it became law on 06/03/2023.
CRRSAA – Non STIP Program
The apportionment distribution for the CRRSAA Program, approved on March 14, 2021, by the CTC, is consistent with the formula distribution of the Surface Transportation Block Grant Program; with a minimum guarantee of $200,000 for each county. The CRRSAA Program will receive $182,364,599 of the COVID Relief Funds - Non STIP to be programmed and allocated by the CTC based on a submitted project list for CRRSAA projects from the Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The allocation of funding for the CRRSAA Program is not part of the annual allocation of federal funding to Caltrans and does not follow the standard allocation process for other programs managed by the Division of Local Assistance (DLA). Please see the Process for CRRSAA Projects page linked below for more information.
CRRSAA Non-STIP Resources
- Delegation of Programming Changes - CTC Resolution G-23-52
- CTC CRRSAA Program Guidelines (Resolution G-21-43)
- Federal COVID Relief Funds – Resolution G-21-39
- Funding Distribution for the COVID Relief Funds
- Process for CRRSAA Projects
2021 Mid-Cycle State Transportation Improvement (COVID Relief – STIP) Program
The CTC adopted the 2021 Mid-Cycle STIP in response to the COVID Relief Funds - STIP for the RIP. The RIP will receive $182,364,644 of the COVID Relief Funds - STIP to be programmed and allocated through the STIP. Regional share targets were calculated based on the STIP share distribution formula. The Adopted 2021 Mid-Cycle STIP Guidelines are available on the CTC website. The STIP guidelines shall apply to the management of projects that are amended into the STIP through this cycle of the Mid-Cycle STIP and subsequent cycles of the STIP. Allocation and time extension requests shall be made using the standard request Form LAPG 25-A from Chapter 25 of the Local Assistance Program Guidelines Manual. All other project forms and exhibits for project implementation are available on the DLA – STIP website under LAPG Chapter 25 Exhibits in Project Implementation.
COVID Relief – STIP Resources
- 2021 Mid-Cycle State Transportation Improvement Program Guidelines
- Federal COVID Relief Funds – Resolution G-21-39
- STIP Funding Distribution Share Targets – March 2021
- Funding Distribution for COVID Relief Funds – STIP Funds
Questions and Contacts
If you have project implementation questions, please contact your District Local Assistance Engineer (DLAE).
If you have questions regarding CRRSAA – Non STIP, please contact Dalton.LaBoskey@dot.ca.gov
If you have questions regarding COVID Relief – STIP, please contact Ashraf.Habbak@dot.ca.gov
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