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Transit Planning

Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (WPCTSA)

The Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Service Agency (WPCTSA) is a joint powers agency (JPA) with the power to provide and coordinate social service transportation for the western portion of Placer County, including services for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. Under the terms of the JPA, PCTPA was designated as the administrator of the WPCTSA.

The PCTPA Board of Directors serves as the WPCTSA’s Board of Directors, as such whenever the PCTPA Board convenes WPCTSA matters may or may not be included in the agenda. The PCTPA Board meets monthly.

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Unmet Transit Needs

Each year, PCTPA works with the transit providers and the public to identify any transit needs that are not currently being met. This process, called Unmet Transit Needs, is a requirement of the Transportation Development Act (TDA). As the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for Placer County, PCTPA administers TDA funds and conducts Unmet Transit Needs outreach and reporting. Once comments have been collected, PCTPA staff use the adopted Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) definitions to determine if request is reasonable to meet. If there are any unmet transit needs requests from the public that are  determined reasonable to meet, those needs must be met before TDA funds can be spent on roadway projects.

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Rail and Capital Corridor

PCTPA works with various jurisdictions and agencies on rail planning and programming efforts which involve current rail services as well as planning studies for future rail improvements.

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Transportation Development Act

The Transportation Development Act of 1971 (TDA), also known as SB 325, is administered by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) through the county’s designated regional transportation planning agency (RTPA). The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is the RTPA for Placer County. The Act provides two major sources for funding of public transportation in California. The first, the county Local Transportation Fund (LTF), was established in 1972, while the State Transit Assistance (STA) fund was implemented in 1980. When Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) passed in 2017, a new program called the State of Good Repair (SGR) was added as a source of funding for maintaining transit systems across the state. The intent of the legislation is to provide a stable source of funding to meet the area’s transit needs.

Learn more about the Transportation Development Act