Through Senate Bill 45, Caltrans and the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) like SBCTA are given more authority to select projects and allocate funds. The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has ultimate approval over the allocation of most funds, but the identification and selection of projects, as well as the establishment of priorities, rests with Caltrans or the RTPAs—for San Bernardino County this is Caltrans District 8 and SBCTA.
Both Caltrans and the CTC have specific procedures and processes for the allocation and reimbursement of funds. In general, before an agency may begin work on a project, the agency must receive approval to do so. This approval may be from Caltrans or the CTC or both agencies. The approval will depend on the funding program. Additionally, projects must be included in the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP). Funds will be paid on a reimbursement basis. Once expenditures are incurred, the agency can request reimbursement for those costs. Once the project is complete, the lead agency may have to undergo an audit to ensure funds were spent in accordance with the grant or funding program guidelines.
Similar to federal requirements, every state program has specific time limits in which funds must be used. Typically these are by the end of a federal or state fiscal year (September 30 and June 30 respectively).
Additional Information on State Funds
- California Transportation Commission
- State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)
- State Office of Capital Improvement Programming
- Proposition 1B Bond
- State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP)