Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP)

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Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) 2017-18 Guidelines Workshop

Office of State Programs and PolicyDivision of Rail and Mass TransportationDepartment of Transportation


Presentation O

verviewProgram BackgroundFY 17-18 Guideline Updates

Program Timeline


Low Carbon Transit Operations Program



LCTOP Background

LCTOP is one of several programs that are part of the Transit, Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program established by Senate Bill (SB) 862 in 2014

. LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance to transit agencies with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improving mobility; with an emphasis on serving Disadvantaged Communities (DAC).

For agencies whose service area includes a DAC, at least 50% of the total monies received shall be expended on projects that provide a direct, meaningful and assured benefit to DAC(s).


Senate Bill 824

The California Legislature passed Senate Bill 824 (SB 824) in 2016, amending SB 862 to allow LCTOP funds to be expended by transit agencies on operating and capital assistance that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities; and meets any of the following:

Expenditures that directly enhance or expand transit service by supporting new or expanded bus or rail services, new or expanded water-borne transit, or expanded intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance, and other costs to operate those services or facilities.

Operational expenditures that increase transit mode share. Expenditures related to the purchase of zero-emission buses, including electric buses, and the installation of the necessary equipment and infrastructure to operate and support zero-emission buses.


Low Carbon Transit Operations Program

Guideline updates


Guideline Updates

Roles and ResponsibilitiesPrograming Funding UpdateEligible Agencies

Eligible ProjectsAB 1550

PopulationsAllocation RequestQuantification Methodology



Roles and Responsibilities

California Air Resources Board (CARB) – CARB updates and adopts the Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds: Funding Guidelines for Agencies that Administer California Climate Investments. CARB also is responsible for developing the methodologies for quantifying and reporting of greenhouse gas reductions (GHG) and other co-benefits. Department of Finance (DOF) – DOF makes the final determination of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds (GGRF) available for LCTOP and notifies the State Controller’s Office of the amount of funds.

State Controller’s Office (SCO)

– The SCO prepares a list of eligible recipients and determines the appropriate allocation. The SCO will annually apply the current year’s formula to available funds from the quarterly auction proceeds (provided by DOF) to determine each eligible recipient’s share.

SCO will then send allocation awards to lead agencies of approved projects by the end of the fiscal year. Department of Transportation (Caltrans) – Caltrans is the administering agency of LCTOP and provides assistance and guidance to local agencies in preparing their request for funds, as well as monitoring the progress of the projects through reporting requirements and communication with project’s Lead Agency. Caltrans works in consultation with CARB to develop the QM Tool and approving allocations requests.


Program Funding

Senate Bill (SB) 32 of 2016 Statewide GHG emissions reduced to 40% by December 31, 2030California appellate court confirmed the legality of the program, and CA Legislature extended the Cap-and-Trade Program with two-third vote


Program Funding

2017-18 funding is based off of the 2017 Calendar year of auction proceeds (February, May, August, and November).


anticipates official notification from the State Controller’s Office of available proceeds to determine formulaic shares for recipients after the November 15, 2017 Cap-and-Trade Auction

. We anticipate funding amounts to be $70 million plus.


Project Funding

Lead agencies shall certify that LCTOP expenditures are not supplanting existing transit funding sources. If Caltrans determines that an agency is in fact supplanting with LCTOP funds, agencies will be subject to adverse action.

If the agency is not prepared to initiate a project in the current fiscal year, they may roll funds over into a subsequent fiscal year, accruing a maximum of 4 years of LCTOP funds for a more substantial project. Approved projects must also be completed and

funds expended within the subsequent 4 years. Letter of No Prejudice -

A Lead Agency may apply to Caltrans for a Letter of No Prejudice (LONP) for an eligible expenditure under LCTOP. Be advised that LCTOP funding is not guaranteed and fluctuates per quarterly Auctions. Caltrans advises agencies to heed caution if an LONP is indented.


Eligible Agencies

Eligible recipients are entities included in the list provided by the State Controller’s Office (SCO) and are transportation planning agencies and transit operators that are eligible for State Transit Assistance Fund (STA) per PUC 99313 or 99314. SCO allocates 50% of funds to regional entities and 50% of funds to transit agencies.

Lead Agency: The Lead Agency is an eligible recipient of LCTOP funds that is responsible for their project from request to final reporting.Contributing Sponsor

: The contributing sponsor is an entity that passes funds to the Lead Agency to support a project.


Agencies Added

Modoc Transportation Agency –SSCounty of PlumasCounty of TehamaCounty of SacramentoCity of Gridley-Specialized ServiceCounty of GlennCounty of Sierra –SSSonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District

City of Arroyo GrandeCity of Pismo Beach-SSCity of McFarlandCity of Chowchilla

City of MaderaCity of DinubaCity of WoodlakeCounty of Los AngelesCity of Santa Clarita

City of CamarilloCity of MoorparkCity of Simi ValleyCity of Thousand OaksCity of Needles

County of Alpine

County of Calaveras

Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS)

City of Escalon

City of Manteca

San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority

City of Tracy

City of Ceres

County of Tuolumne

Quechan Indian Tribe

San Diego Transit Corporation

San Diego Trolley Inc.


Agencies Removed

City of LincolnCity of HealdsburgPaso Robles TransitRedondo Beach SSCity of ImperialImperial County Transportation Commission (ICTC)/SS


Eligible ProjectsNew Expanded/Enhanced Transit Service

Free or Reduced FaresPurchase of Zero-Emission or low-emission vehiclesNetwork/Fare IntegrationPurchase, construct, and/or install passenger amenities at transit stops/stations


Examples of Projects

City of Modesto (New Route 23) – Implement a new bus route between the downtown Transit Center to North Modesto along J Street and McHenry Ave to Bangs. Kings County Area Public Transit Agency (Free or Reduced Fare Transit Passes/Vouchers) – Provide free transit day system wide. Free transit day will be scheduled during the first week of every month. Free transit days will increase ridership and incentivized new riders to try transit.

City of Shafter (Electric Bus)

– Purchasing three all electric buses for public transit Sacramento Area Council of Governments (Connect Card Implementation) – Connect Card will standardize fare collection throughout the Sacramento region, creating a seamless transit system for riders.

City of Delano (Bus Shelters with Solar Lighting) – City of Delano Transit replaced and/or added shelters and/or benches with solar lighting which will attract new riders and increase ridership


Allocation Request

The Lead Agency must submit to Caltrans an Allocation Request for the proposed project it intends to fund with the LCTOP allocation. The LCTOP Allocation Request is the basis for Caltrans’ verification that the project is consistent with LCTOP requirements and is available online at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html

The Allocation Request consists of an Excel document (Allocation Request Form) with multiple worksheets, Word Document (Read Me, Authorized Agent, and Certifications and Assurances), and required project maps.

Within the Allocation Request, agencies will provide project information, project sponsors, detailed description of projects major benefits, project schedule, etc. This also includes

a detailed account of the project funding with a list of all fund sources depicting full

project costs.


Quantification Methodology

The Quantification Methodology Tool (QM Tool) provides a uniform approach to quantifying GHG emission reduction in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent. All projects must net a positive emissions reduction in order to qualify for approval. The QM Tool will use project level data (year of operation, ridership data, trip length) specified within the Allocation Request for calculating ridership increases, corresponding Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) and GHG reductions.


AB 1550 Populations

Project leads who have a Disadvantaged Community, as identified on CalEnviroScreen 3.0 must expend 50% of their funding amount within a DAC and provide a meaningful and assured benefit.

Previous legislation allowed for projects to be within ½ mile of a DACAlso includes language for low-income communities and households

Per AB 1550 5% of LCTOP funds must benefit low-income communities located anywhere within the state

Additionally, 5% of LCTOP funds must benefit a low-income community within a ½ mile of a DAC.Maps identifying a DAC and or low-income household are available at:


and a “look-up” tool and list of Housing and Community Development’s “low-income” threshold by county and household size are available at



CalEnviroScreen 3.0 (Identifying Population)

Please visit for updated map and input project location(s) to indicate eligibility https://oehha.ca.gov/calenviroscreen/report/calenviroscreen-30


Addressing Need for Community or Household

Applicable projects will specify how the project will result in benefits that addresses a need by utilizing at least 1 of the following approaches:Directly engage local residents and community-based groups to identify an important community need along with steps to meaningfully address that need.

Identify individual factors in CalEnviroScreen 3.0 that caused an area to be defined as a disadvantaged community.

Receive documentation of broad support for proposed project from local community-based groups and residents. Refer to the list of common needs in Table 2-2 (also listed in Attachment B) and select a need that has documented broad support from the community-based organizations and residents. Common needs are categorized into Public Health and Safety, Socio-economic and Environmental.


Addressing Need for Community or Household

Common Needs Table (Volume 2 of CARB Funding Guidelines)Public Health and SafetyIncrease community safety

Increase access to parks and other community assets

Reduce health harms such as air pollutants

Socio-EconomicReduce transportation, energy, housing cost and increase job readiness

Affordable housing in transit oriented




Prioritize Zero-Emission vehicles

Reduce exposure to local environmental




Providing Benefit to Residents of AB 1550

There are 13 tables in the Draft Funding Guidelines, Volume 2-Appendix 2.A starting on page 2.A-6, each targeted to a specific project type. Please review the various tables, Table 2.A-1 to 2.A-4 are the most applicable to LCTOP.Low Carbon, Transit, Housing, Active Transportation

Benefits for example include, but are not limited to:

Improving transit connectives, improving connectivity between travel modes, creates or improves infrastructure or equipment to reduce air pollution, project improves transit stations or stops within

an AB 1550 community to increase safety and comfort, etc.


LCTOP Reporting


Project Reporting

Semi-Annual and Close-Out report updated to reflect CARB end of year reporting. Semi-Annual Reports are Due May 15 and November 15

Close-Out reports are due within 6 months of project completion14-15FY Projects fully expended by December 2017

15-16FY Projects fully expended by December 2019Must include a QM Tool for projects associated with awarded year (except for FY 14-15 projects)

These can be found on the LCTOP website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/drmt/splctop.html


Program Level Reporting

Project Out Come Reporting is to document and track results. Administering agencies will select the specific projects for which they will submit project outcome reports. Project out come reporting is necessary to:Support accountability and transparency

Communicate program success in reducing GHG emissions and other benefits Inform future design of administering agency programs and quantification methodologies

Annual Report to CARB and LegislatureCaltrans compiles data from project lead agencies for the Annual Report due by the end of December

This report is a public document that reflects the data submitted by each administering agency as well as program-wide summary statistics. Each Annual Report is posted on the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ca.gov/annual-report


LCTOP Timeline FY2017-2018

LCTOP Draft Guidelines WorkshopsTuesday November 14

th 10:00AM

Fresno Council of Governments

2035 Tulare St # 201, Fresno, CA 93721

Thursday November 16



San Bernardino Council Transportation Authority

1170 W. 3


Street, San Bernardino, CA 92410

November 2017



Guidelines comments due to Caltrans


22, 2017


Guidelines and Updated Allocation Request Materials Publicly Available

December 2017

SCO notifies

transit operators of available funds for fiscal year

January 2018

Caltrans to provide Allocation Request with

QM Tool Workshops




transit agencies deadline to submit project allocation to Caltrans



SCO sends

funding to

approved list of eligible projects


June 30, 2


Reporting Schedule:

Semi-Annual Reports due to Caltrans (on data October 1 – March 31)

May 15th

Semi-Annual Report due to Caltrans (on date

April 1 – September 30)

November 15th


LCTOP Contact Information

Amar Cid, Branch ChiefPhone: 916-651-6114E-mail: amar.cid@dot.ca.gov

John Thurston, D1, D2, D3

E-mail: john.Thurston@dot.ca.gov

Erik Reitz , D4, D5, D9



LCTOP Shared Email:


Jackie Tse, D6, D10, D11




Nellie Almazan, D7, D8, D12




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