Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP)

Every two years, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) adopts a new Fund Estimate, which comprises of anticipated Federal and State revenues for the next five years. This adopted Fund Estimate includes County Shares, referred to as Regional Improvement Program (RIP) monies, which could be used by Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPA's) to propose the financing of regional transportation projects in their Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) documents. RTPA's are required to submit their adopted RTIP's to the CTC by December 15th for programming consideration and possible inclusion in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Only projects programmed in the STIP may request funding allocations for implementation.

Being the designated RTPA for the Merced Region, MCAG is responsible for preparing and submitting the adopted RTIP proposal to the CTC for programming consideration.



On August 14 2019, the CTC adopted the 2020 STIP Guidelines and Fund Estimates. New programming capacities for our Merced Region have been identified.

STIP Chart

Included in the Fund Estimates are regional monies for Planning, Programming, and Monitoring (PPM). The amount available to our Merced Region, for the period FY 2020/21 through FY 2024/25, is $699,000. 

PUblic Participation Process

The projects considered in the 2020 RTIP were consistent with the adopted MCAG 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a comprehensive 25-year plan for the region's transportation systems. The RTP included a prioritized list of highest-priority, regionally-significant projects.

To kick off the development process, staff prepares the 2020 RTIP concept for presentation to the MCAG committees and board. The RTIP concept addresses the background, process, draft fund estimate (expected County Share / region’s programming capacity), schedule, and possible projects (status, costs, and prior actions). The RTIP concept provides the following information:

  • What is the RTIP?
  • What is the RTIP Fund Estimate?
  • What are the prerequisite STIP requirements for programming?
  • What are the possible projects, and their outlooks?
  • What funding opportunities exist, such as partnering with Caltrans?
  • What is the schedule for developing (and for submitting) the RTIP?
  • What is the schedule for the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP)?
  • Given available funding and circumstances, what is the staff recommendations for the RTIP programming proposal?

A RTIP development flowchart is included with the concept to visually depict the overview process for better understanding.

A RTIP Workshop was conducted on August 29th to consider and discuss programming options.

Prior to the MCAG Board’s action, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) and the Technical Review Board (TRB) review the Draft 2020 RTIP proposal and make their recommendation.

Once programming direction is given by the MCAG Board, staff prepares the draft RTIP document, which gets released for a 30-day public review and comment period. A public hearing is scheduled to receive public comments. In preparing the Final 2020 RTIP, staff reviews comments and addresses them as appropriate. 

The Final 2020 RTIP will again be brought before the CAC and the TRB. In November, the MCAG board will take action on the Final 2020 RTIP.

Development Schedule

Draft 2020 RTIP - Public Comment PeriodOctober 17 to November 18, 2019
Draft 2020 RTIP - Public HearingOctober 24, 2019
Final 2020 RTIP - For Board AdoptionNovember 21, 2019
Submittal of Adopted 2020 RTIP to CTC  Prior to December 15, 2019
CTC STIP HearingsJanuary 30 and February 6, 2020
CTC Publishes Staff RecommendationsFebruary 28, 2020
CTC Adopts 2020 STIPMarch 25 to 26, 2020


On September 19, 2019, the MCAG Board provided the following direction to staff for the 2020 RTIP programming proposal.


Included in the 2020 STIP FE are regional monies for Planning, Programming, and Monitoring (PPM). The amount available to our Merced Region, for the period FY 2020/21 through FY 2024/25, is $699,000. Of this amount, the prior 2018 STIP programmed $495,000 in FY 2020/21, which will be carried over to the 2020 STIP. MCAG proposes to program $64,000 in FY 2023/24 and $140,000 in FY 2024/25.


MCAG proposes to program the Target Share balance of $29,670,000 in FY 2024/25 supplement the construction cost of the Atwater-Merced Expressway (AME) Phase 1B, which will be a two-lane expressway from Green Sands Avenue (northern terminus of AME Phase 1A) to Santa Fe Drive. 


The MCAG Governing Board is establishing the Pioneer Road Widening project in Los Banos as the priority for all subsequent RTIP/STIP programming, including all RTIP/STIP capacity that is available in the next (2022) cycle. Currently, regional and local funds are programmed to get the project through design and right-of-way acquisition.