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- Q1: What is the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)?
- Q2: What kind of federal and state funds are available for transportation projects?
- Q3: Where can I find all the forms in the Local Assistance Procedures Manual?
- Q4: What is an E-76?
- Q5: What is meant by authorization, obligation, and allocation?
- Q6: What is a field review? Is it mandatory?
- Q7: Why does my project require a CTC vote?
- Q8: Where can I find DBE information?
- Q9: I am working on a local project within the State's right of way, do I need a encroachment permit?
- Q10: What is the difference between the Caltrans' Cooperative Agreement and Master Agreement? What about Program Supplement?
- Q11: Where can I download Caltrans' publications?
Local agencies should work through their Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), County Transportation Commission, or Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), as appropriate, to nominate projects for inclusion in the STIP.
Once projects are programmed, agencies may begin the project implementation process. It is important to note that there are timely use of funds rules associated with STIP projects that are established by statute and outlined in both the STIP Guidelines adopted by the CTC and Chapter 23 of the Local Assistance Program Guidelines. Division of Local Assistance Web site for available funding programs. Also refer to the publication titled Transportation Funding Opportunities for more information. Division of Local Assistance Web site. National Highway System (NHS) projects. DBE Information can be found at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/LocalPrograms/DBE_CRLC.html#NEW_DBE
Q9: I am working on a local project within the State's right of way; do I need an encroachment permit?Yes. Refer to District 9 Office of Permits (760) 872-0674. Typically, if construction cost within the State's right of way is less than $1 million, the District Permit Engineer will handle the review. For project cost more than $1 million, a Caltrans project manager will be assigned and a Cooperative Agreement (see below) may be executed.
Q10: What is the difference between the Caltrans' Cooperative Agreement and Master Agreement? What about Program Supplement?A Cooperative Agreement is an agreement between a city, county, or other local public agency and the state defining the responsibilities and financial obligations for a project. It is generally required for locally administered projects within the state's right of way. A Master Agreement, however, is an agreement between a city, county, or other local public agency and the state defining the general terms and conditions which must be met to receive federal-aid or state funds. Any local agencies who have requested federal and/or state funds through the Office of Local Assistance are covered by a Master Agreement. To supplement the Master Agreement, a Program Supplement will be executed for each project upon local's request. This agreement covers project specific rules and regulations, which are called special covenants. Division of Local Assistance Web site for publications related to local assistance projects. For other Caltrans publications, contact Publication Distribution Unit.