Placer County Transportation Planning Agency

SACOG Salutes! Award Winner Regional Organization of the Year
SACOG Board member Tom Cosgrove, Celia McAdam, and Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes

Agency of the Year recognizes a non-profit or government agency that has engaged the public and achieved excellence in land use, transportation and air quality plans or programs. Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) recognizes an agency that has delivered above and beyond what the community expects. The 2007 SACOG Salutes! Agency of the Year is Placer County Transportation Planning Agency.

The mission of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is derived from its numerous state and local designations. The agency has been designated in state law as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for Placer County. PCTPA is also the county’s Congestion Management Agency (CMA), a statutorily designated member of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), and the airport land use planning body and hearing board for Lincoln, Auburn, and Blue Canyon Airports. As part of their Joint Powers Agreement, PCTPA is the designated administrator for the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority (SPRTA). Under an agreement with SACOG, PCTPA also represents Placer jurisdictions in federal planning and programming issues. Since the PCTPA has a local Agency-State Agreement for federal aid projects, it is also eligible to administer federal projects.

The nine-member PCTPA Board of Directors consists of one councilmember from each of Placer County’s six incorporated jurisdictions, two members of the Placer County Board of Supervisors; and one citizen representative.

PCTPA was created as the transportation planning agency for Placer County excluding the Lake Tahoe basin. PCTPA represents Placer County and six incorporated cities located within the political boundary of Placer County. In total, Placer County contains 1,506 square miles ranging in elevation from 160 feet to nearly 9,500 feet.

The Placer County Transportation Planning Agency, or PCTPA, has worked aggressively to secure funding for major projects such as the Highway 65 Lincoln Bypass and some of the most congested sections of Interstate 80. PCTPA secured over $120 million in Proposition 1B funds in February to improve these two important corridors in Placer County.

PCTPA has also brought together community members to discuss the needs of some of the fastest growing communities in the state. They have a cohesive Transportation Demand Management program and have been participants in Bike Commute Month and Walk to School Day encouraging alternate modes of transportation through all of Placer County.

Placer County Transportation Planning Agency also published the Transit Master Plan for South Placer County in June 2007.