TO: Planning Committee DATE: April 6, 2007
FR: Executive Director W. I.
RE: Bay Area Proposal to the US DOT Urban Partnership Program
We request the Committee to authorize MTC staff to submit, in cooperation with partner
agencies, a Bay Area application to the US Department of Transportation’s (US DOT) Urban
Partnership Program. The applications are due April 30, 2007.
In May 2006, US DOT announced its National Strategy to Reduce Congestion on America’s
Transportation Network. US DOT has since announced its new Urban Partnership Program, a
part of the larger strategy, to encourage metro areas to pursue near-term, comprehensive
congestion reduction polices centered on strong congestion pricing elements and complemented
by enhanced transit services, transportation demand management, and advanced technology
deployments. US DOT plans to select up to five “Urban Partners,” and will support them with
available financial resources, regulatory flexibility, and Departmental expertise. The Department
seeks strategies that can be tested or implemented by 2009.
While the Urban Partner designation does not itself guarantee any funding, US DOT has pledged
to give priority under several discretionary funding programs to projects in the selected Urban
Partnership proposals. (See Attachment 1 for a list of affected funding programs.) The amount of
funding available may total as much as $1.1 billion. Nearly $900 million of this is one-time
funding, available as a result of the continuing resolution that did not allow Congress to earmark
funds in the FY 2006-07 appropriations process, including substantial sums from Federal Transit
Administration’s Bus and Bus Facilities and Small Starts programs.
Bay Area Proposal
MTC staff is working with partner agencies to develop a Bay Area proposal by the April 30,
2007 deadline. US DOT has clearly stated they seek proposals centered on pricing strategies to
reduce congestion with each of the other elements (transit, technology and transportation demand
management) playing a supporting role to reduce congestion. Accordingly, staff is pursuing a
Bay Area proposal centered on 1) cordon-based congestion pricing in San Francisco (including
Doyle Drive), as well as 2) elements of the regional high-occupancy/toll (HOT) lanes network.
The Doyle Drive pricing component of the San Francisco proposal also could help complete the
funding picture for that critical safety project. The HOT lane projects with potential for
implementation in the time frame desired by US DOT are the four, currently authorized
demonstration projects under development by the Alameda County CMA and Valley
Transportation Authority: I-680 over the Sunol Grade, I-580 in eastern Alameda County, and US
101 and SR 85 in Santa Clara County.
Urban Partnership Program Proposal
April 13, 2007
Parking management based on pricing policies and smart technologies constitutes a third pricing-
based initiative in the Bay Area proposal. San Francisco and Berkeley, among other cities, seek
to implement parking management strategies using tools that are highlighted in MTC’s Parking
Policies to Support Smart Growth Study. Projects would set on-street metered parking rates at
levels that encourage longer-term parkers to use off-street parking lots. This strategy, combined
with technologies that monitor parking space availability and way-finding signs, reduces
congestion and vehicle emissions associated with “cruising” for parking spaces.
The region is already committed to a system of express bus service that overlays the regional
HOV/HOT network. The transit element could consist of enhancements to express bus and bus
rapid transit or bus priority systems in the priced corridors listed above. Through MTC
Resolution No. 3434, the region has committed to pursuing AC Transit’s Telegraph/E. 14th BRT
project as our Small Starts candidate.
With help from CMA staff, MTC staff would seek partnerships with employers to implement
travel demand management strategies. Some of this could be achieved by expanding the 511
Rideshare Leadership Challenge program. Again, efforts would be focused in areas and corridors
where near-term pricing activities are proposed.
Finally, on the technology side, the program presents an opportunity to capitalize on our
extensive existing infrastructure. Our Urban Partnership proposal could include projects to bring
HOT lane travel times and prices as well as parking availability and prices into the 511 system.
The Bay Area vehicle infrastructure integrate (VII) test bed might be expanded to test
technologies with application for HOT lanes, such as vehicle occupancy sensing technologies to
If authorized by the Committee, MTC staff will continue to work with Caltrans, CMAs and
transit operators to develop and submit a proposal to US DOT by the April 30, 2007 deadline.
US DOT will announce finalists for the Urban Partnership Program by June 8, 2007 and will
continue discussions with finalists leading to the selection in August of up to five areas to enter
into Urban Partnership Agreements.
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Urban Partnership Program Proposal
April 13, 2007
US DOT Funds Available for the Urban Partnership Program
FTA Discretionary Programs
Bus and Bus Facilities (FTA 5309) 1 $ 438
New Starts/Small Starts 1 $ 267
Alternatives Analysis (planning only) 1 $ 12
FHWA Discretionary Programs
Value Pricing Pilot Program 2 $ 30
Ferry Boat Discretionary 1 $ 60
Public Lands Highway Discretionary 1 $ 80
Transportation, Community and System Preservation 1 $ 61
Truck Parking Pilot Program 1 $ 6
Highways for Life 1 $ 20
Innovative Bridge Research & Construction 1 $ 5
Delta Region Development Program 1 $ 10
Other Discretionary Programs
Intelligent Transportation Systems Operational Testing to Mitigate $ 100
TOTAL $ 1,089
FY 06-07 authorizations only; funds available as a result of the continuing resolution.
FY 06-07 through FY 08-09 authorizations.