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 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 through Friday, March 25th.
- 2 Public Members
New Technology Reserve Grant Program Advanced Transit and Transportation Projects Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Grant Application – Released Thursday, March 17, 2016.
New Technology Reserve Fund Project Application Timeline:
|Request for Proposals Released||March 17, 2016|
|Last day to submit requests for clarification||April 29, 2016|
|Deadline for Proposal Submittal||June 22, 2016|
|Scoring||June 29 – July 13, 2016|
|Potential Interviews||July 18 – 22, 2016|
|Policy Board Approval||September 29, 2016|
|FCTA Board Approval||December 7, 2016|
|Notice to Proceed – Subject to Contract Signing||February 2017|
Developing the New Technology Reserve Fund Program:
This first cycle of the Measure C New Technology Reserve Program will make up to $10 million available for eligible new technology projects/programs. 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.
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.
The final application:
The New Technology Grant Program Application was approved by the Fresno COG Policy Board and the Fresno County Transportation Authority (FCTA) Board. Applications can only be submitted by eligible public agencies within Fresno County including the Fresno COG, 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.
Contact Fresno COG staff member Peggy Arnest with any questions about this program at email@example.com.