California Department of Transportation

Merced County Association of Governments Partnership for Integrated Planning (PIP) Pilot Project

The Merced Partnership for Integrated Planning (PIP) project was the result of a 1999 partnership agreement (known as the Mare Island Accord) between the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). The agreement set out to provide a framework to improve interagency communications, the quality and timeliness of planning data and to address environmental issues early in the transportation planning process to avoid major delays during project delivery.

The outcome was a successful application of collaborative planning in development of the long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). Innovative public outreach and use of the UPlan growth scenario-planning model led to more community involvement in the transportation planning process. Involvement of federal and state natural resources protection agencies in the early planning and data gathering stages improved the analysis in the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the RTP.

PIP Final Report (PDF)