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Green DOT Transportation Solutions was contracted by Siskiyou County Local Transportation Commission (SCLTC) to provide contracted Executive Director services. Green DOT owner and principal planner Jeff Schwein will act as the SCLTC Executive Director with support from Green DOT staff. Major duties for the Executive Director include drafting LTC agendas and coordinating monthly LTC meetings, coordinating other LTC functions, representing the SCLTC and attending meetings with other agencies and entities, providing fiscal services and auditing, tracking and administering various transportation funds, providing project development assistance to Siskiyou County public works and local agencies, grant-writing,  and fulfilling the general planning duties associated with a regional transportation planning agency.

Green DOT was selected as the primary consultant developing the 2020 Del Norte County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) update with assistance from De Novo Planning Group, who will be developing the environmental documentation.  The project team will work closely with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to work with stakeholder and identify transportation project needs in the region over the next 20 years. Projects will be vetted and prioritized in coordination with the TAC, stakeholders and the public. A funding and implementation plan will be developed and the 2020 Del Norte County RTP update is expected to be adopted in December 2020.

Green DOT was contracted by the Humboldt County Department of Public Works to provide planning services for the North Coast Tribal Transportation Commission (NCTTC). The NCTTC is comprised of 11 Tribal entities primarily located in Humboldt County but with administrative boundaries in the neighboring Counties of Del Norte and Siskiyou. Green DOT is developing a Tribal Transportation management System for the Tribes, using the software developed in-house by Green DOT, referred to as DOT Dashboard. DOT Dashboard establishes data collection and management processes that are consistent and align with funding program requirements and boasts a robust user interface and effective report generator that is flexible to the needs of project and program managers as well as the funding program needs. Over the course of this contract, Green DOT will create central and manageable inventories for Tribal roads and properties, collect and incorporate collision and population data, provide project development and delivery services, and provide grant-writing and general planning services for the individual Tribal agencies.

Green DOT, acting as a subconsultant to GHD, was selected by the Humboldt County Association of Governments as part of the project team to develop the Eureka Broadway Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan. The Plan was developed to reduce congestion on 3.25 miles of US Highway 101 / Broadway, the most highly traveled corridor in the City of Eureka, by providing more transportation choices for people who travel the corridor.

Green DOT’s role in this project was to conduct the existing conditions analysis of the project area. Green DOT used a combination of document review, remote analysis, and field data collection to compile an inventory of existing active transportation infrastructure along Broadway in Eureka. Green DOT developed existing conditions maps and GIS data, which were used to determine infrastructure needs for the corridor.

Green DOT was contracted by the Calaveras Council of Governments as the prime consultant to develop the San Andreas Pope Street Class I Facility and Safe Routes Gap Fill Plan with support from subconsultant GHD providing engineering services. The Pope Street Gap Fill Plan will plan for safe bicycle and pedestrian connections from San Andreas Elementary School to historic central residential neighborhoods in San Andreas, the County Government Center, and existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The Pope Street Gap Fill Plan will prep the project for competitive funding programs, such as the Active Transportation Program (ATP), and will ultimately improve and encourage bicycling and pedestrian opportunities in the San Andreas core by creating safer, more comfortable and convenient routes for non-motorized modes.  The Plan, which was initiated in March 2019, is studying the feasibility of a Class I connection traversing San Andreas from the elementary school on the west side of town to the Government Center on the east side of town and corridor improvements connecting the north side of town to State Route 49. The draft conceptual designs have been presented to the public and the Plan is expected to be completed in late Spring 2020.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions, acting as a subconsultant to Nelson\Nygaard, was contracted by the Sonoma County Adult & Aging Division to assist in the development of the Sonoma County Connected Communities Transportation Study. The Connected Communities Study will conduct a comprehensive series of focus groups with vulnerable residents in Sonoma Counties, including seniors, veterans, and isolated populations in order to determine the barriers to and needs for accessible transportation services. The resulting Connected Community plan will guide regional transportation services on prioritizing investments, developing programs, coordinating services, and evaluating current and potential transportation services.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions was contracted to prepare the 2020 Plumas County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The 2020 RTP improves upon past efforts and ensures compliance with the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines. The purpose of the RTP is to identify transportation infrastructure needs in Plumas County through 2040 and prepare the County to seek funding for projects that will meet these needs.  The RTP includes updated project lists for Plumas County and the incorporated city of Portola and programs these projects in the short term (0-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) based on expected funding sources and amounts. The RTP development process includes extensive analysis of existing conditions, demographics research, community outreach, and stakeholder engagement to determine the needs of the Plumas County community. The Final RTP was adopted in January 2020.

In 2018, Green DOT Transportation Solutions was contracted by Tehama County Transportation Commission (TCTC) to provide on-call transportation planning services. Under this on-call contract, Green DOT has assisted TCTC in developing the 2018 Tehama County Regional Transportation Plan, South Ave Study, developed planning grant, and provided technical assistance developing the Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP).

The 2018 Tehama County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) update improves upon past efforts and ensures compliance with the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines. The purpose of the RTP is to identify transportation infrastructure needs in Tehama County through 2038 and prepare the County to seek funding for projects that will meet these needs. The RTP includes updated project lists for Tehama County and the incorporated cities of Red Bluff, Corning and Tehama and programs these projects in the short term (0-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) based on expected funding sources and amounts.

To develop the South Ave Study, Green DOT partnered with W-Trans to evaluate the most effective long-term plan for South Avenue from Interstate 5 to Highway 99. South Avenue connects the City of Corning in Tehama County to State Highway 99 and carries numerous commuters, trucks, and agricultural vehicles.  South Avenue also serves as a major connection to Chico in Butte County.

Green DOT has also assisted TCTC and the City of Tehama in project development and grant writing. Green DOT developed two Caltrans Sustainable Communities grants under the on-call contract.

Tuolumne County is a destination for recreational hiking and biking, containing portions of Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest as well as scenic and walkable gold rush-era towns. Green DOT has been contracted by the Tuolumne County Transportation Council (TCTC) to develop an Active Transportation Plan for the region which supports efforts to increase walking, bicycling and access to public transit. The goal of the Project is to improve opportunities to fund non-motorized transportation, create inter-connectivity between communities and access to public transportation within the Tuolumne County Transit service area. Green DOT will assess active transportation needs by creating a database and maps of the existing pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure in the County and identifying gaps in the sidewalk, bicycle route, and trails network. As part of the existing conditions analysis, pedestrian and bicyclist behavior will be assessed through bicycle and pedestrian field counts. Green DOT will then assist the TCTC in a public outreach campaign to solicit feedback from the community identifying where project needs are and will incorporate the publics’ desires in the prioritization methodology. Green DOT will develop priorities, goals, and objectives for the Plan and assist TCTC in prioritizing projects to prepare Tuolumne County for future funding opportunities. The Tuolumne Active Transportation Plan is scheduled to be adopted in May 2020.

The Town of Truckee expects significant growth in transit ridership and operations, increasing congestion and safety issues at its already over-capacity transit center. Green DOT is conducting a Transit Center Relocation Feasibility Study to determine the preferred site for relocation of the transit center to meet existing and future transit needs. The study will consider several potential site alternatives and is anticipated to result in the development of a new or expanded transit center. The Town has entered into an MOU with Neighborhood Partners who will fund one million dollars toward the cost of constructing a new transit center using Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant funds. Green DOT has partnered with Nelson \ Nygaard, AIM Consulting, and Design Workshop to create a comprehensive study involving site location analysis, transit needs analysis, community outreach, and planning-level site designs. The Study will guide the Town of Truckee in deciding whether to relocate the transit center, and raise the Town of Truckee’s capacity to increase access to transit.

Green DOT was subcontracted by Bennett Engineering Services, Inc. to update the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria’s 20-year Tribal Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP builds on the Tribe’s 2002 LRTP, which focused on potential development of roads on a large parcel south of Chico held in trust by the Tribe. The Tribe owns many residences, offices, and commercial parcels in Chico which are served by municipal, county, and State roadways. The 2019 LRTP details the existing roadway network and active transportation facilities used by Tribal members and identifies projects that would improve safety and access for drivers, walkers, and bikers. In addition, the 2019 LRTP outlines funding opportunities and strategies for these projects.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions is preparing the 2019 Glenn County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and environmental documentation. The 2019 RTP improves upon past efforts and ensures compliance with the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines. The purpose of the RTP is to identify transportation infrastructure needs in Glenn County through 2039 and prepare the County to seek funding for projects that will meet these needs. The RTP includes updated project lists for Glenn County and the incorporated cities of Orland and Willows and programs these projects in the short term (0-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) based on expected funding sources and amounts. The RTP development process includes extensive analysis of existing conditions, demographics research, community outreach, and stakeholder engagement to determine the needs of the Glenn County community. The Final RTP is scheduled to be adopted in April 2020.

Green DOT Transportation Solutions prepared the 2019 Tehama County Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and environmental document for the Tehama County Transportation Commission. The 2019 RTP improves upon past efforts and ensures compliance with the 2017 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines. The purpose of the RTP is to identify transportation infrastructure needs in Tehama County through 2039 and prepare the County to seek funding for projects that will meet these needs.  In updating the RTP, Green DOT analyzed existing conditions and conducted community outreach and stakeholder engagement to determine the needs of the Tehama County community. Green DOT developed updated project lists for Tehama County and the incorporated cities of Red Bluff, Tehama, and Corning. The RTP programs these projects in the short term (0-10 years) and long-term (11-20 years) based on expected funding sources and amounts. Green DOT also reviewed potential environmental impacts and developed an Initial Study Negative Declaration document.

Green DOT worked with the Shasta Regional Transportation Agency (Shasta RTA) and local partners to identify competitive projects in the region that would move communities toward the goals of the areas Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy.  We worked with local jurisdictions, private-sector developers and other relevant stakeholders in addition to the Shasta RTA.  Green DOT’s specific role on this grant-writing team was to act as the transportation expert in identifying competitive projects and manage all aspects of this robust application development process.  In 2015 our project team, in association with the City of Redding and Shasta RTA, prepared 3 major grant applications for over $110 million in state and federal grants. The programs involved include the Strategic Growth Council Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program (AHSC), the Federal Highway Administration FASTLANE program, and the Caltrans administered Transit and Intercity Rail Program. The City of Redding was awarded the AHSC grant in October 2016 with $20 million of Cap and Trade money from the Strategic Growth Council, the largest grant amount awarded though this program to date. This project will transform downtown Redding into a more livable community.

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is a highly competitive grant program operating under the California Transportation Commission (CTC) since 2014. Throughout the four-cycle lifetime of the ATP, Green DOT has developed or assisted in the development of seventeen grant applications for various agencies throughout Northern California. Green DOT developed eight applications and contributed to an additional four applications for Cycle 4 of the ATP, which were submitted successfully by the program deadline of July 31, 2018. ATP grant applications require a robust effort including refined project details, exhaustive written narrative, community outreach, active transportation user counts, safety analysis, demographic research, and the creation of several maps and visuals. Green DOT is committed to multi-modal transportation planning and is excited to be involved in efforts to improve the safety and travel experience of active transportation users in northern California.

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