Transportation Development Act (TDA)

The Transportation Development Act (TDA) was signed by the Governor on November 4, 1971 and became effective July 1, 1972. Several bills have amended the TDA over time. The TDA provides two major sources of funding for public transportation: the Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and the State Transit Assistance Fund (STA). The LTF is derived from ¼ percent of the 7½ percent statewide general sales tax and returned to the County in which it was collected. The STA funds are derived from statewide sales tax on diesel fuel and returned to each county based on a formula of population and fare revenues. The TDA provides a dedicated revenue source to local jurisdictions for the development and support of public transportation and to encourage regional public transportation coordination. The TDA also provides some funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects and when certain conditions are met, streets and roads. The main purpose and priority of TDA, however, is to provide funding for public transportation. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has responsibility for oversight of the TDA program on a statewide basis. As the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Madera County, the Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC) is responsible for the administration and distribution of funds to local TDA recipients within Madera County, and monitors the subsequent use of those funds to ensure conformity with TDA guidelines. The full text of the TDA Statutes and California Code of Regulations, as amended in 2013, is available in a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) publication Transportation Development Act Guidebook.

MCTC TDA Guidebook

The Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC) Transportation Development Act (TDA) Guidebook was developed to provide a useful reference for applicants of TDA funds and MCTC staff to continue to provide a clear and understandable process of the administration of TDA funds. The objective of the guidebook is to increase program understanding and thereby expedite the administrative process. The Guidebook seeks to explain TDA statutory provisions, policies, procedures, and administrative instructions in an accurate, concise and readable format. It will serve as an addition to the TDA Statutes and California Codes of Regulations (April 2013), published by Caltrans, that contains the complete text of all pertinent laws and regulations. MCTC TDA Guidebook


Regional Surface Transportation Program

The Regional Surface Transportation Program was established by the State of California to utilize federal Surface Transportation Program funds for a wide variety of transportation projects. The State allows the Madera County Transportation Commission to exchange these federal funds for state funds to maximize the ability of local public works departments to use the funds on a wide variety of projects including bicycle and pedestrian projects, local roads, and transit. The Madera County Transportation Commission has the responsibility for distributing these funds to the local jurisdictions. The exchanged funds are distributed on a fair share basis.


SB 1: The Road and Accountability Act of 2018

California counties are seeing a significant influx of new revenue to invest in the local street and road system from Senate Bill 1, a landmark transportation funding package that was signed by Governor Brown on April 28, 2017. This measure was in response to California’s significant funding shortfall to maintain the state’s multimodal transportation network which is the backbone of the economy and critical to the quality of life in the Golden State. SB 1 increased several taxes and fees to raise over $5 billion annually in new transportation revenues. Moreover, SB 1 provides for inflationary adjustments so that the purchasing power of the revenues does not diminish as it has in the past. SB 1 prioritizes funding towards maintenance and rehabilitation and safety improvements on state highways, local streets and roads, and bridges and to improve the state’s trade corridors, transit, and active transportation facilities.

A SB 1 brochure is provided below for more information regarding what the gas tax means for Madera County.

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