As the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for Placer County, PCTPA administers Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds and related programs, which help to operate local public transit services among other things. Under the TDA, PCTPA is also responsible for carrying out the annual Unmet Transit Needs process, fiscal audits, performance audits, transit planning, and transit coordination.
Furthermore, every three to four years, PCTPA assists public transit operators to update their (short range) transit plans to reflect changes in population, to respond to gaps in the transportation system, to evaluate their existing services, and to analyze possible new ways to provide service that may be more cost effective. Less frequently, a longer range transit planning effort takes place through the Transit Master Plan process, last completed in 2007.
PCTPA also facilitates the Transit Operator’s Working Group (TOWG), in an effort to coordinate the various public transit services in Placer County. This forum is used to organize many of the efforts mentioned above, but is also used to create and manage such efforts as the Transit Ambassador Program, the coordinated transit marketing component of the Congestion Management Program, and the forthcoming South Placer Transportation Call Center.
Many of the transit planning documents for Placer County’s public transit operators can be found in the PCTPA Library.
For information about transit services in Placer County and links to transit service providers, see Public Transit Information.