Inyo County Local Transportation Commission

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The Inyo County Local Transportation Commission (ICLTC) is a six-member commission that serves as the State mandated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Inyo County. Representation on the ICLTC consists of two members each from the Inyo County Board of Supervisors and the Bishop City Council, while the remaining two seats are Board and Council appointed at-large representatives. The Inyo County Public Works Director serves as the Executive Director of the ICLTC. Follow the corresponding link to view the ICLTC By-Laws and Organization and Procedures Manual.

 

 The ICLTC prepares an annual Overall Work Program and a Regional Transportation Plan every four years, as well as programming projects into transportation improvement programs. The ICLTC also administers Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds and prioritizes grant funding endorsements from a variety of programs. The TDA involves two major funding sources: the Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and the State Transit Assistance Fund (STA). TDA funds can be used by the City of Bishop and the County of Inyo for transportation planning, expenses related to administering the TDA, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, the transit system, and/or for street and road projects. STA funding is allocated to transit operators and is a second source of TDA funding for transportation planning and mass transportation purposes. The ICLTC convenes noticed public hearings on the third Wednesday of every month to address transportation issues.

MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION:

Voting Members
  • Celeste Berg - City of Bishop, Member At-Large (Chair)

  • Doug Thompson - County of Inyo, Member At-Large (Vice Chair)

  • Rick Pucci - County of Inyo, Board of Supervisors Member

  • Stephen Muchovej- City of Bishop, Council Member

  • Jose Garcia - City of Bishop, Council Member

  • Jennifer Roeser - County of Inyo, Board of Supervisors Member

Alternate Members
  • Matt Kingsley - County of Inyo, Alternate Board of Supervisors Member
     
  • Karen Kong - City of Bishop, Alternate Council Member
Non-Voting Members
  • Michael Errante - Executive Director

  • Vacant  - Commission Secretary

Inyo County LTC works in cooperation with various state agencies and other planning organizations throughout the state to ensure a coordinated approach to transportation planning. Inyo County LTC is a member of the Eastern California Transportation Planning Partnership. The Eastern California Transportation Planning Partnership comprises representatives from Inyo, Kern, Mono and San Bernardino counties, and Caltrans. It is intended to address transportation corridors of mutual concern, such as State Routes 14, 58 and U.S. 395. Route improvements in eastern California will ensure that vital tourism, public transportation and freight movement interests among all regions are properly addressed over the next several decades. 

If you have any questions, comments, or other feedback, please call (760) 878-0207 or send LTC staff an e-mail message.

Inyo County LTC

Street Address

168 N. Edwards St.
Independence, CA93526
United States

Mailing Address

P.O. Drawer Q
Independence, CA93526
United States

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Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)

The Inyo County LTC is responsible for the preparation of the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP), in collaboration with Caltrans, and submitted for adoption by the California Transportation Commission (CTC). Inyo County LTC submits its RTIP to the CTC for potential inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The RTIP, at its core, specifies project cost amounts by project components and the fiscal year in which funds are available.

The STIP is a biennial document adopted no later than April 1 of each even numbered year. Each STIP will cover a five year period and add two new years of programming capacity. Each new STIP will include projects carried forward from the previous STIP plus new projects and reserves from among those proposed by regional agencies in their RTIPs and by Caltrans in its interregional transportation improvement program (ITIP). The Caltrans Division of Local Assistance provides guidelines for local agencies to deliver projects included in the STIP.

 The STIP consists of two broad programs, the regional program funded from 75% of new STIP funding and the interregional program funded from 25% of new STIP funding. The 75% regional program is further subdivided by formula into county shares. County shares are available solely for projects nominated by regions in their RTIPs. The Caltrans ITIP will nominate only projects for the interregional program. The Inyo County LTC has entered into MOUs with the Mono County LTC, Kern Council of Governments, and San Bernardino Associated Governments to leverage ITIP funds on regionally important projects.

The current structure of the STIP was initiated by SB 45 in 1997. The STIP is constrained by the amount of funds estimated to be available for the STIP period in the fund estimate, which is developed by Caltrans and adopted by the Commission every other odd year. The amount available for the STIP is then constrained by formulas for regional and interregional shares per Streets and Highways Code.

Inyo County LTC 2022 RTIP

The Inyo County LTC approved its 2022 RTIP at a meeting on November 17, 2021 and can be viewed by clicking on the corresponding link. The funding for the STIP is more robust than it has been for the last several cycles because of SB 1. Effective 2019-20, SB 1 resets the price based excise tax to 17.3 cents with the provision to adjust it annually for inflation. This will stabilize the funding for the State Highway Account that is directed to fund the STIP. The 2022 STIP Guidelines and the Fund Estimate can be viewed by following the corresponding links. At its October 20, 2021 meeting, the Inyo County LTC approved the following priorities in the development of the 2022 RTIP in accordance withe the Guidelines:

  1. Program, or set aside RIP funds, for MOU projects on the State Highway System (The
    program strategies will be dependent on the capacity of the Caltrans Programming Office and
    MOU partners to bring these projects forward); and

  2. Program local projects that leverage federal funding; and

  3. Program the preliminary components for new local road projects.

 

MOU’s on the State Highway - The Inyo County Local Transportation Commission (LTC) entered into MOUs in 1998 and 2001 for several projects on the US Highway 395/State Route 14 Corridor. The MOU was updated in 2013. The signatories to this MOU are the Inyo County LTC, Mono County LTC, and Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG). These agencies commit to use Regional Improvement Program (RIP) shares programmed in each agency’s RTIP. The purpose of the MOUs is to move forward regionally significant projects that leverage state controlled Interregional Improvement Program funding to be used in the US 395/SR 14 corridor.

ITIP - The 2022 Draft Interregional Transportation Improvment Program (ITIP) has been released by Caltrans and was incorporated into the 2022 STIP by the CTC on March 23-24, 2022. The ITIP includes programming but zero dollars in funding for the Design cost of the SR 14 Freeman Gulch Segment 2 four lane project in Kern County. 

Public Transportation

Inyo County LTC

Street Address

168 N. Edwards St.
Independence, CA93526
United States

Mailing Address

P.O. Drawer Q
Independence, CA93526
United States

Regional Transportation Plan

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) serves as the planning blueprint to guide transportation investments in the County involving local, state, and federal funding over the next twenty years. Transportation improvements are categorized as short-term (0-10 years) or long-term (11-20 years). The overall focus of the RTP is directed at developing a coordinated and balanced multi-modal regional transportation system that is financially constrained to the revenues anticipated over the life of the plan. The coordination focus brings the County, City of Bishop, Indian Tribal Governments, resource agencies, and citizens into the planning process. The balance is achieved by considering investment and improvements for moving people and goods across all modes including roads, transit, bicycle, pedestrian, goods, and aviation. Individual projects identified in the Regional Transportation Plan will receive further project-specific environmental review. Comprehensive updates to the RTP are supposed to be completed every 5 years. In 2014, the Inyo County LTC elected to update the RTP every 4 years after the completion of the 2015 update. As a result of this change, Inyo County and the City of Bishop are now only required to update the Housing Elements of their General Plans every 8 years.

2023 Update - the Inyo County LTC has hired LSC Transportation Consultants Inc. to complete an update of the Regional Transportation Plan. The update is required to be completed by September 15, 2023. A public hearing on the Draft RTP and Negative Declaration of Environmental Impact will be held in conjunction with an upcoming LTC meeting. The public is encouraged to comment on the documents. Click the following to comment via e-mail

2019 RTP - at their June 19, 2019 meeting, the LTC adopted the 2019 Regional Transportation Plan. The Inyo County Regional Transportation Plan is available to view by following the link below.

Overall Work Program

The Overall Work Program (OWP) serves as a roadmap or primary management tool for the Inyo County Local Transportation Commission. Each year the Inyo County Local Transportation Commission is required to adopt an OWP concurrent with the fiscal year. An OWP is described on page 2-1 of the California Department of TransportationRegional Planning Handbook as follows:

The OWP introduces the agency and provides an overview of the region, with a focus on its transportation goals and objectives, and the actions to achieve those goals and objectives. The OWP is a scope of work for transportation planning activities, including estimated costs, funding sources, and completion schedules.

The FY 2022-2023 OWP was approved by the LTC at their May 18th meeting.  The Regional Transportation Planning Agency 2017 Regional Planning Handbook sets forth the criteria that the OWP must comply with. The Regional Planning Handbook serves as a guide to administering Overall Work Programs, Regional Transportation Plans and their funding sources. The Regional Planning Handbook characterizes the OWP as follows:

The core regional transportation planning document is the Overall Work Program (OWP) and its core product is the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

The OWP and RTP are directly and inextricably interconnected. OWP activities support the RTP and development of the RTP is an OWP activity. The RTP is implemented through the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) and the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP). Development of the RTIP and FTIP are OWP activities.

The LTC is able to amend the FY 2022-2023 OWP to add or change eligible tasks through April 2023.