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Department of Transportation Division of Rail and Mass Transportation, MS #39
P.O. Box 942874 Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

PHONE: (916) 654-8811
FAX: (916) 654-9366
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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 2016-2017 Tenative Schedule

    SCO notifies transit agencies of share of available funds for FY
    Caltrans posts Updated LCTOP Guidelines FY 2016-17
    December 9, 2016
    Transit agencies submit Allocation Requests to Caltrans
    March 2017
    Caltrans and ARB approve list of projects and submit to SCO
    May 2017
    SCO releases approved project amounts to recipients
    June 1, 2017
    Reporting Schedule:
    Semi-Annual Report due to Caltrans (on data October 1 - March 31)
    May 15th
    Semi-annual Report due to Caltrans (on data April 1 - September 30)
    November 15th