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P.O. Box 942874 Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

PHONE: (916) 654-8811
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Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP)

Jila Priebe
Office Chief
(916) 654-9779

The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) is one of several programs that are part of the Transit, Affordable Housing, and Sustainable Communities Program established by the California Legislature in 2014 by Senate Bill 862. The LCTOP was created to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emission and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities.  Approved projects in LCTOP will support new or expanded bus or rail services, expand intermodal transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance and other costs to operate those services or facilities, with each project reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For agencies whose service area includes disadvantaged communities, at least 50 percent of the total moneys received shall be expended on projects that will benefit disadvantaged communities.  Senate Bill 862 continuously appropriates five percent of the annual auction proceeds in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (Fund) for LCTOP, beginning in 2015-16.

This program will be administered by Caltrans in coordination with Air Resource Board (ARB) and the State Controller’s Office (SCO). The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is responsible to ensure that the statutory requirements of the program are met in terms of project eligibility, greenhouse reduction, disadvantaged community benefit, and other requirements of the law.

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announcements: LCTOP Notable Dates

    SCO notifies transit agencies of share of available funds for FY
    November 1, 2015
    Caltrans posts Updated LCTOP Guidelines FY 2015-16
    December 1, 2015
    Transit agencies submit expenditure proposals to Caltrans, due by:
    February 1, 2016
    Caltrans and ARB review and approve list of projects and submit to SCO
    May 1, 2016
    SCO releases approved amount of funds to recipients
    June 1, 2016
    Reporting Schedule:
    Semi-Annual Report due to Caltrans (on data through March 31)
    May 2015
    Semi-annual Report due to Caltrans (on data through Sepetmeber 30)
    November 2015*
    * 2015 November due date is pushed to December 1, 2015