In its role as Congestion Management Agency (CMA), the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, working closely with the San Francisco Planning Department, prepares a Transportation Investment and Growth Strategy (TIGS) as required by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) as a part of the OneBayArea Grant (OBAG) framework for distribution of federal transportation funds between Fiscal Years 2012/13 and 2015/16.
Given new requirements of Senate Bill 375 to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through more coordinated land use and transportation planning, the funding framework places a particular emphasis on supporting Priority Development Areas (PDAs), areas that local jurisdictions have identified as ideal for infill transit-oriented growth. The framework includes a block grant, to be administered by CMAs, that provides federal transportation dollars to support a variety of purposes ranging from street resurfacing to bicycle and pedestrian improvements. While the block grant provides capital funds for implementation of transportation projects, the same funding framework also funds the PDA Planning program, to be administered by the San Francisco Planning Department (SF Planning) in San Francisco that supports planning activities that can include transportation project development or prioritization as well as land use planning.
To ensure that each county has a priority-setting process for both these fund sources that will support their county’s PDAs, MTC is requiring each CMA to prepare a TIGS (referred to as a PDA Growth and Investment Strategy in the region). The TIGS must also report on jurisdictions’ progress in achieving affordable housing production and preservation goals as required in the Regional Housing Needs Allocation process.