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File #: 2016-0154   
Type: Program Status: Consent Calendar
File created: 2/10/2016 In control: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
On agenda: 3/24/2016 Final action: 3/24/2016
Title: AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to submit project applications for grant funds from California's Cap-and-Trade Transit and Intercity Rail Capital program.
Sponsors: Planning and Development (Department)
Indexes: Airport Metro Connector, Azusa, Budgeting, Bus Acquisitions, Bus rapid transit, Cap-and-Trade, Claremont, Construction, Division 20, Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority, Gold Line Foothill Extension 2B, Grant Aid, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, Guidelines, Los Angeles International Airport, Metro Busway G Line, Metro Crenshaw Line, Metro Gold Line, Metro Green Line, Metro Orange Line, Metro Orange Line Extension, Metro Rail B Line, Metro Rail C Line, Metro Rail L Line, Metro Red Line, Plan, Program, Project, Rail transit, Zero Emissions
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - February 2016 Board Report Item #19.pdf, 2. Attachment B - Proposed Metro TIRCP Projects Decision Matrix.pdf
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PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
MARCH 16, 2016


Subject/Action
SUBJECT: CAP-AND-TRADE TRANSIT AND INTERCITY RAIL CAPITAL PROGRAM

ACTION: APPROVE PROJECT APPLICATION PRIORITIZATION AND SUBMITTAL


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RECOMMENDATION

Title
AUTHORIZE the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to submit project applications for grant funds from California's Cap-and-Trade Transit and Intercity Rail Capital program.

Issue
ISSUE

Applications for grant funds from California's Cap-and-Trade Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP) are due to Caltrans' Office of Mass Transit Programs by the deadline of April 5, 2016. Metro will develop applications for up to four projects that were identified as potential candidates as a result of preliminary staff-level screenings (in alphabetical order):

* Airport Metro Connector;
* Division 20 Portal Expansion/Turnback Facility;
* Gold Line Foothill Extension Phase 2B; and
* Orange Line Electric Bus Purchase.

Following is a discussion of the evaluation process used to select the final grant fund candidates and the criteria used to prioritize the projects as required by TIRCP Guidelines.

Discussion
DISCUSSION

At the February 2016 Board meeting, approval was granted to develop applications for candidate projects to Caltrans for potential receipt of Cap-and-Trade TIRCP grant funds. Board Report Item #19 (Attachment A) discussed the Program's eligibility criteria and identified potential Metro projects. Attachment A to Item #19 was a matrix of the criteria and of several candidate projects considered as the most competitive for the first cycle of the program at that time. The Board report also identified that staff would return to the Board in March to approve final application submittals.

As indicated in Attachment A, primary goals for TIRCP are greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe) reduction and maximization of benefits to disadvantaged communities. These goals can be met by improving accessibility to economic opport...

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