The City of Ripon is expected to enter into an agreement with the San Joaquin Council of Governments to help pave the way for future transit plans.
At tonight’s meeting, City Council members will look at an Memorandum of Understanding involving both agencies to help with the “ongoing transit planning and programming of federal funds that support that ongoing and future development of transit services” in this part of San Joaquin County.
Ripon was added to the Manteca Urbanized Area or Manteca UZA about four years ago – prior to that, Ripon was part of the Modesto UZA – as a result of the 2010 U.S. Census, according to the report by Engineering Supervisor James Pease.
“With that, Manteca is able to claim Federal Transit Administration funding for capital, operating, and planning assistance for the delivery of transit projects,” he added.
Based on population, Ripon currently accounts for 11 percent of UZA’s total numbers. Cal Trans administers the FTA funding, thus, requiring an MOU.
All told, the MOU, if approved, could help with the process for local funding transit projects with federal dollars while supporting the implementation of a performance-based approach to transportation decision making, foster economies of scale through assistance in the coordination of funding for mutually beneficial capital projects – included here is shared transit facilities and bus purchase contracts – and apply federal transit money to implement transit priorities as identified in planning documents.
Staff will recommend elected leaders to sign this MOU during the 6 p.m. session in the Council Chambers, 259 N. Wilma Ave.
For more information on the meeting, click on to www.cityofripon.org.