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Comprehensive TransNet Projects

Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program

The TransNet Extension Ordinance requires the 18 cities and the County of San Diego to collect an exaction from the private sector for each new housing unit constructed in that jurisdiction for contribution to the Regional Transportation Congestion Improvement Program (RTCIP).

RTCIP revenue is required to be used to construct improvements on the Regional Arterial System, such as new or widened arterials, traffic signal coordination and other traffic improvements, freeway interchange and related freeway improvements, railroad grade separations, and improvements required for express bus and rail transit.

The purpose of the RTCIP is to help ensure future development contributes its proportional share of the funding needed to pay for the Regional Arterial System and related regional transportation facility improvements, as defined in the most recent Regional Plan adopted by SANDAG.

RTCIP Funding Programs

The RTCIP funding programs fall under the responsibility of the 19 local jurisdictions, which have established these programs under the state’s Mitigation Fee Act. The jurisdictions must maintain their RTCIP funding programs and comply with specific administrative requirements in order to remain eligible for TransNet local streets and road funding. The RTCIP attachment to the Ordinance includes implementation guidance and procedures for the collection and expenditure of funding program revenues. The Downloads section below includes each report on RTCIP Funding Program submittals provided to the ITOC at its meeting during the month of April each year.

Annual RTCIP Fee Adjustment

Section 9 of the Ordinance requires the RTCIP exaction to be adjusted annually in an amount not to exceed the percentage increase set forth in the Engineering Construction Cost Index (CCI) published by the Engineering News Record (ENR), or a similar CCI. The Ordinance also states that in no event shall the adjustment be less than 2 percent per year. The purpose of this annual adjustment is to ensure the RTCIP retains its purchasing power to improve the Regional Arterial System. Each year, the SANDAG Board of Directors considers proposed fee adjustments during the month of February, and the new RTCIP fee amount takes effect at the start of the ensuing fiscal year. The Downloads section below includes each annual report on RTCIP fee adjustments provided to the Board of Directors for its action since the program was implemented in 2008.

Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)

The Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) is the five-year short-term program of proposed major transportation projects in the San Diego region including projects funded by federal, state, TransNet local sales tax and other local funding sources. RTCIP funds are considered local funds and are not required to be programmed in the RTIP. However, each jurisdiction has up to, but not more than, seven years to expend RTCIP funds on Regional Arterial System projects. The seven-year term begins July 1 following the jurisdiction’s receipt of the revenue. If funds have not been expended within the seven years, then they must be programmed in the RTIP to show commitment to use the funds. If the funding is not spent or committed after the seven-year term, then those funds must be returned to SANDAG. A list of streets included in the Regional Arterial System can be found in Table M.13 of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.

For more information on RTIP procedures, visit sandag.org/rtip or contact Sue Alpert, Associate Project Control Analyst, at (619) 595-5318 or sue.alpert@sandag.org.

Oversight and Audit

The RTCIP is overseen by the TransNet Independent Taxpayer Oversight Committee (ITOC) and implemented by each local agency with the objective of developing a consolidated mitigation program for the San Diego region as a funding source for the Regional Arterial System. Jurisdictions must maintain their RTCIP funding programs and comply with specific administrative requirements in order to remain eligible for TransNet local streets and road funding. The RTCIP and each local agency’s funding program is subject to an annual review and audit carried out by the ITOC. The annual fiscal and compliance audits conducted by the ITOC are available at the links below.

Fiscal and Compliance Audits

FY 2009 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report
FY 2010 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report
FY 2011 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report
FY 2012 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report
FY 2013 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report
FY 2014 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report
FY 2015 TransNet Fiscal and Compliance Audit Report

Project Manager

Ariana zur Nieden, Senior TransNet Program Manager
Phone: (619) 699-6961, Email: ariana.zurnieden@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.