Project Overview

On behalf of the 26 RTPAs that comprise the Rural County Task Force (RCTF), the Nevada County Transportation Commission (NCTC) has initiated a study to: 1) examine and critique the set of performance monitoring metrics documented in the Strategic Growth Council funded study: Statewide Performance Monitoring Indicators for Transportation Planning: SANDAG, June 2013 for their applicability to rural and small urban areas; and, 2) identify alternative metrics that are more appropriate for rural and small urban areas for incorporation into the CTC’s 2016 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) guidelines.


The applicability of this study is not limited to the 26 Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs) that comprise the RCTF (see map). This study is an adjunct to the Strategic  Growth Council funded study (called the SANDAG Study) which recommended a set of statewide performance monitoring metrics and included input from the state’s 18 MPOs.  These metrics were eventually incorporated into the 2014 STIP Guidelines (per pages 6-9 of the 2014 STIP Guidelines). How these metrics are to be considered by the CTC during statewide programming cycles and how MPO/RTPA-sponsored improvement projects large or small, urban or rural, could be evaluated relative to these metrics for STIP funding prioritization and selection is of interest to MPO/RTPA’s.  

“What gets measured gets funded”

Given that the 26 RTPA’s were not directly involved in the SANDAG Study and if the SANDAG Study statewide metrics do not adequately reflect the transportation objectives and issues germane to rural county RTPAs and even many smaller MPOs, they could compromise the competitiveness of rural counties to compete for limited state discretionary funds.

Purpose of the Study

  • Develop performance monitoring metrics applicable to rural RTPA/MPOs for regional transportation planning.

  • Have the RCTF recommended performance monitoring metrics be considered by the California Transportation Commission for inclusion in the 2016 STIP Guidelines.

  • Generate more awareness at the state and federal levels of rural county transportation objectives and needs.

Rural County Task Force

The RCTF provides a direct opportunity for the small counties to remain informed, have a voice, and become involved with changing statewide transportation policies and programs. The RCTF was formed in 1988 as a joint effort between the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and the rural counties, and is an informal organization with no budget or staff that generally meets every other month.

Consultant Team

The consultant team is led by Kittelson & Associates with support from Mintier-Harnish and Green DOT.