Measure C New Technology Reserve Fund
The Fresno County Voters passed an extension to the Measure C program in November 2006, continuing a half cent sales tax for transportation purposes. Much of the planning and implementation of the Measure C Program is done by Fresno COG staff, while the agency responsible for overseeing the implementation of Measure C is the Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA).
Measure C New Technology Reserve Grant Program Application
Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG) and the Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA) are proposing to fund projects of regional significance in the areas of research, development, demonstration, and deployment that will advance public transit and transportation funded by Measure “C”, Fresno County’s ½ cent transportation sales tax. This second cycle of the Measure “C” New Technology Reserve Program will make up to $6.4 million available for eligible new technology projects/programs.
Fresno COG released the 2018 Application for New Technology Funding on April 16, 2018. Six applications were received asking for a total of $7,291,415. On August 22nd, the scoring committee met to interview the applicants and discuss the applications. The following is a list of the applications and scoring committee’s recommendations.
2018 Measure C New Technology Funding Applications
Applications can only be submitted by eligible public agencies within Fresno County including the Fresno COG, Fresno County Rural Transit Agency, Fresno County, and the cities in Fresno County who propose projects meeting the eligibility requirements of the Measure C New Technology Reserve Grant Program. Entities deemed ineligible to apply for New Technology Grant funds may apply as a partnering agency but must partner with an eligible public agency that will be responsible for implementing the project. The implementing agency assumes responsibility and accountability for the use and expenditure of program funds.
2018 New Technology Reserve Grant Program Application Timeline:
|Request for Proposals Released||April 16, 2018|
|Last day to submit requests for clarification||June 4, 2018|
|NEW: Deadline for Electronic Proposal Submittal for|
|agencies wishing to partner with Fresno COG||June 21, 2018|
|Deadline for Proposal Submittal||July 23, 2018|
|Scoring (Tentative)||July 25 – August 10, 2018|
|Potential Interviews (Tentative)||Week of August 20 – 24, 2018|
|Policy Board Approval (Tentative)||September 27, 2018|
|FCTA Board Approval (Tentative)||October 10, 2018|
|Notice to Proceed – Subject to Contract Signing (Tentative)||January 1, 2019|
Developing the New Technology Reserve Fund Program:
This first cycle of the Measure C New Technology Reserve Program made up to $10 million available for eligible new technology projects/programs. Five projects were awarded totaling $8,023,594. For a list of the projects funded, please click HERE. Subsequent cycles will be biennial and will make approximately $2.8 million available plus any funds not allocated from the previous cycles, if applicable. It is expected that up to $30 million will be made available through 2027 to fund advanced transit and transportation new technologies. The 2018 award cycle will make $6.4 million available.
Background on development of the program:
The Measure C New Technology Committee first met on January 28, 2015 to discuss the Measure C New Technology Reserve Subprogram. The first meeting provided an overview of the Measure C program and detailed information on the funding availability for the New Technology Program. The second committee meeting was held on March 25th where the recommendation and direction to staff was to assemble a workgroup that would focus on developing and recommending specific goals for the program, develop scope and criteria for the solicitation and project selection process, and develop a draft timeline for distribution of the funds. The workgroup was made up of Fresno COG staff, industry, academia, public, and transit members. Seven meetings were held throughout the summer from May through September.
With the assistance of the workgroup, Fresno COG staff drafted a grant application with scoring criteria in effort to solicit projects and programs for the New Technology Grant Program and presented it to the subcommittee for their review and recommendation. The Draft application with scoring criteria was included in the TTC/PAC and Policy Board meeting agendas during the month of October. A public meeting was held on Tuesday, October 27th at 2pm in the Sequoia Room for all interested individuals in effort to receive further input on the draft application and scoring criteria. The meeting provided an overview of the activities of the working sub-group and an in-depth review of the New Technology Grant Program Application, Scoring Criteria and Detailed Timelines. Members suggested minor changes to the document and staff were then incorporated into the Final Application.
Measure C New Technology Multidisciplinary Advisory Group
A 12-member Measure C New Technology Multidisciplinary Advisory Group (New Tech MAG) will be established for purposes of reviewing, evaluating, scoring and recommending projects for funding as directed by the Fresno COG Policy Board and the Fresno County Transportation Authority Board. While the New Tech MAG will make advisory recommendations to the Fresno COG Policy Board and Fresno County Transportation Authority, the final funding decisions lie in the hands of the two agency boards.
Seven positions will be appointed by the agencies or committee identified below:
- City of Fresno
- City of Clovis
- East-side City
- West-side City
- County of Fresno
- Fresno County Transportation Authority
- Measure C Oversight Committee
Five positions are accepting applications to sit on the MAG. The MAG application can be found HERE
- 2 Public Members
Contact Fresno COG staff member Peggy Arnest with any questions about this program at firstname.lastname@example.org.