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Comprehensive Transportation Projects

2012 Regional Transportation Improvement Program

SANDAG, as the Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, is required by state and federal laws to develop and adopt a Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP). The RTIP is a multi-billion dollar, multi-year program of proposed projects for major highway, arterial, transit, and bikeway projects.  Any transportation projects funded with federal, state or by the TransNet Ordinance must be included in an approved RTIP. The RTIP covers five fiscal years and incrementally implements the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), the long-range transportation plan for the San Diego region. 

At its meeting on September 28, 2012, the SANDAG Board of Directors adopted the final 2012 Regional Transportation Improvement Program. The 2012 RTIP/2013 FSTIP received federal approval on December 14, 2012.

ProjectTrak is an online application used by member agencies to propose changes to the RTIP. Through ProjectTrak, a public website has been developed which will allow users to view and search the most up to date versions of federally approved projects included in the SANDAG RTIP. View the 2012 RTIP public website.

2014 RTIP Update

SANDAG is in the process of developing the 2014 RTIP, which is an update to the 2012 RTIP, and will cover Fiscal Years 2015 through 2019. A memo detailing the process, requirements, and schedule was mailed out on January 10, 2014, to all local agencies as notification of this process. All regionally significant and/or capacity increasing (CI) transportation projects are required to be included in the RTIP and incorporated into the air quality quantitative emissions analysis. In addition, all projects included in the 2014 RTIP must be consistent with the 2050 RTP. At its meeting on September 26, 2014, the SANDAG Board of Directors will be asked to adopt the final 2014 RTIP. SANDAG anticipates a federal approval date in December 2014. For more information regarding the 2014 update and its schedule, please visit the 2014 RTIP webpage.

Group Project Listing (Lump Sum Listing)

Federal regulations allow MPOs to group or combine projects that are not considered to be of appropriate scale for individual listing. Such projects may be grouped by function, work type, or geographical area and must be consistent with the exempt project classification contained in EPA’s “Transportation Conformity Regulations (40 CFR part 93).” These grouped projects are often referred to as “Lump Sum Projects Listings.” Once grouped, the MPO is required to maintain outside of the TIP a detail list of the projects contained in each group. This listing can be found on the 2012 RTIP Group Project Listings web page.

Federal Air Quality Conformity Requirements

Federal regulations require SANDAG to conduct an air quality conformity analysis of all regionally significant projects that increase the transportation system capacity. All regionally significant capacity increasing transportation projects regardless of funding sources must be included in the RTIP. The 2012 RTIP includes the transportation conformity for the 2012 RTIP and a re-determination of the 2050 RTP. The Air Quality Conformity Analysis and the Regional Emissions Analysis and Modeling Procedures can be found in Chapter 5 and Appendix A-6 respectively. Additional information on conformity can be found on the Conformity Working Group web page.

Congestion Management Process

All local agency Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) capacity increasing projects seeking federal funds are required to perform a multimodal alternative and non-SOV analysis prior to submitting the projects for inclusion in the RTIP. Agencies are required to submit the analysis as part of the project submittal. Additional information regarding this process can be found in Appendix A-7 or on the Congestion Management Process web page.

Annual Listing of Obligated Projects

Federal law requires SANDAG to publish an annual listing of projects obligated for federal funds. These projects include highway, transit, major local projects, and pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities. The federal fiscal year ending in September 2012 (covering the period October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012) is available in the download section below. Obligation refers to the federal government's commitment to pay or reimburse the lead agency for the federal share of a project's cost. Obligation does not indicate expenditure or project completion; only that the project has been approved for federal reimbursement. Prior year obligation reports can be found on the 2010 RTIP web page.

2012 RTIP Amendments

Please refer to Chapter 2 of the 2012 RTIP for requirements and types of amendments SANDAG processes. Amendments are generally scheduled on a quarterly basis at SANDAG Transportation Committee meetings. Please see the Amendment Schedule posted below under Downloads.

Note: For TransNet funded local street improvement projects, agencies are required to have the proposed project amendments approved by its governing body before SANDAG takes action in the form of a signed resolution.

The due dates are final; no late submittals will be accepted. If SANDAG does not have the proper documentation that the projects were approved by its governing body, including a signed resolution, the project(s) will NOT be included in the final amendment approved by the Transportation Committee. A resolution template that includes all of the required clauses also is posted below under Downloads. Please check this web page for any updates to the resolution template.

Amendment No. 1: January 18, 2013
State Approval Date: January 25, 2013
Federal Approval Date: February 22, 2013

Amendment No. 2: May 24, 2013
State Approval Date: June 10, 2013
Federal Approval Date: June 28, 2013

Amendment No. 3: March 22, 2013
State Approval Date: April 8, 2013
Federal Approval Date: May 1, 2013

Amendment No. 4: February 15, 2013
State Approval Date: February 22, 2013
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 5: April 26, 2013
State Approval Date: May 7, 2013
Federal Approval Date: May 30, 2013

Amendment No. 6: July 19, 2013
State Approval Date: August 1, 2013
Federal Approval Date: August 26, 2013

Amendment No. 7: June 7, 2013
State Approval Date: June 14, 2013
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 8: September 6, 2013
State Approval Date: September 9, 2013
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 9: October 18, 2013
State Approval Date: October 25, 2013
Federal Approval Date: November 14, 2013

Amendment No. 10: October 18, 2013
State Approval Date: October 21, 2013
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 11: November 15, 2013
State Approval Date: November 19, 2013
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 12: January 24, 2014
State Approval Date: February 10, 2014
Federal Approval Date: February 27, 2014

Amendment No. 13: February 28, 2014 
State Approval Date: February 28, 2014
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 14: March 28, 2014
State Approval Date: April 3, 2014
Federal Approval Date: April 17, 2014

Amendment No. 15: April 18, 2014
State Approval Date: April 25, 2014
Federal Approval Date: May 28, 2014

Amendment No. 16: May 2, 2014
State Approval Date: May 7, 2014
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 17: June 6, 2014
State Approval Date: June 6, 2014
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 18: September 19, 2014
State Approval Date: September 19, 2014
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Amendment No. 19: October 17, 2014
State Approval Date: October 17, 2014
Federal Approval Date: N/A

Project Manager

Michelle Smith, Senior Project Control Analyst
Phone: (619) 595-5608, Email: michelle.smith@sandag.org

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