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  Agenda Item   20.    
City Council Meeting
Meeting Date: 11/02/2021  
FROM: Bill Gallardo

Resolution to Certify Funding and Affirm Commitment to Implement Projects in FY 2022-23 - FY2027-28 OCTA Federal Transportation Improvement Program
Adopt Resolution No. 2021-063 Certifying Resources and Affirming Commitment to 2023 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP).
The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is a short-range program that implements the long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) to improve mobility and air quality. The FTIP is comprised of projects of regional significance that are currently funded with State or Federal funding or are anticipated to receive state or federal funding in the near future.  Regionally significant projects are those that would have significant impacts on regional travel, emissions, and air quality within the Southern California Association of Government (SCAG) region. Development and adoption of the FTIP is required in order to receive State and Federal funding. Federal law requires that the FTIP program be updated at least every two years and be financially constrained.  

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) administers the FTIP program for Orange County cities. The base FTIP is updated every two years, which was last updated in December 2020 for the 2021 FTIP. As required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the FTIP must be a financially constrained program, which means project allocations cannot exceed available funds. To help ensure compliance with the requirements of the FTIP program, particularly related to funding constraints, there is a requirement for agencies that have projects in the FTIP to adopt a Resolution certifying that projects requested for inclusion in the program (FY 2022-23 through FY 2027-28) are financially constrained and that agencies are committed to delivering them. See attached Resolution. 

The City of Brea currently has one project in the FTIP, which is the Western Extension to The Tracks at Brea Trail (CIP 7946). This is the final segment connecting the existing trail near Brea Creek Channel to the western City limit.  On December 4, 2018, City Council approved submittal of a grant application for this project, which was subsequently approved by the OCTA Board. The scope of the project is to construct a dual tread trail consisting of a ten (10) foot asphalt bike path and a five (5) foot decomposed granite walking/jogging surface.  In order to construct these improvements, a fifteen (15) foot wide easement from Union Pacific is needed.  Constructing these improvements not only completes the final connection to The Tracks at Brea, but will also fill the gap in the countywide 66-mile OC Loop bicycle trail. Since the grant funding is supported by federal funds, the project is included in the FTIP and requires the City to adopt the attached resolution.
The Finance Committee reviewed staff's recommendation at their October 26, 2021 meeting and recommended to proceed.  
To ensure compliance with the requirements of the FTIP Program, the City is required to adopt a Resolution certifying that projects requested for inclusion in the Program (FY 2022-23 through FY 2027-28) are financially constrained and that the City is committed to deliver these projects. Therefore, staff recommends that City Council adopt the aforementioned Resolution, which affirms the City's commitment to the projects, funding and delivery as submitted in the 2023 Federal Transportation Improvement Program. This action has no fiscal impact to the City's General Fund.
William Gallardo, City Manager
Prepared by:   Ryan Chapman, Principal Engineer
Concurrence:  Michael Ho, Interim Director of Public Works

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