Placer’s regional transportation strategy to be discussed

Placer County Transportation Planning Agency to hear results of survey
By: Journal Staff
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With financial resources for new projects apparently exhausted, Placer County’s transportation planning body will be looking Wednesday at what residents’ priorities are as part of a new funding strategy it is hoping to develop.

Working with the Regional Transportation Funding Strategy Steering committee, agency staff and consultants developed survey questions.

The survey was conducted in May and the results will be shared at Wednesday’s meeting of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency board.

Shakari Byerly of the polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates will provide the board with a presentation summarizing the results of the effort. The meeting starts at 9 a.m. in the Placer County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 175 Fulweiler Ave., Auburn.

In a report, agency Executive Director Celia McAdam said that funding strategies over the past 14 years have led to:

- Establishment of the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority and the enactment of the Regional Transportation and Air Quality Mitigation Fee Program, which is providing $191 million toward regional transportation priorities.

- Advancing Placer’s Regional Transportation Improvement Program share to leverage about $220 million in state and federal funds for the Lincoln bypass.

- And leveraging local fees to attract more than $100 million in federal earmarks and state Proposition 1B funds to construct the Interstate 80 bottleneck and Interstate 80-Eureka Road interchange.

“While these efforts have resulted in tangible results for residents, businesses and visitors, it has also exhausted our resources,” McAdam said.

Developer impact fees accumulated during boom times have already been spent and new revenues are at a trickle as development only now is starting to resume, she added.