Member Profile

Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA)

Agency Type: Congestion Management Agency, Regional Transportation Planning Agency
Summary Profile:

Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) is one of two regional transportation planning agencies (RTPA) located within the area of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG).  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 (but exclude the portion of Placer County in the Lake Tahoe basin, which is within the jurisdiction of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency).

PCPTA  is also the county’s Congestion Management Agency (CMA), a statutorily designated member of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (CCJPA), Freeway Service Patrol agency, and the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) for three local Airports.  In addition, as part of their Joint Powers Agreement, PCTPA is the designated administrator for the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority (SPRTA) and the Western Placer Consolidated Transportation Services Agency (WPCTSA).  Under an agreement with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (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.  PCTPA also acts as a resource for offering services, information, and incentives to those persons interested in using alternative modes of transportation.

Number of Members: 7: Placer County and six incorporated cities
Population Represented: 373,796
Staff: 7
Program Highlights:
  • Lincoln ByPass--After three decades of planning, PCPTA delivered the State Route 65 Lincoln By-Pass.  Route 65 is a vital inter-regional route that serves both local and regional traffic, and is a major connector between the I-80 and SR 70/99 corridors.  The State Route 65 Lincoln Bypass provides vastly improved overall mobility on SR 65 by providing an alternate controlled access route around the downtown area of the City of Lincoln.  The bypass reduced pass-through traffic and freight movement through downtown Lincoln, which significantly made the downtown area more safe, accessible, and walkable to residents.  The project also improved reliability for goods movement delivery along a major connection for freight distribution and commercial truck operations.  It also made the roads more safe for drivers, and should reduce accident rates by at least 30 percent over the long term.  PCPTA was extremely efficient in leveraging funds and finding costs savings to make the project a reality with limited funds (and no self help sales tax dollars).  PCPTA credits a strong partnership with Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission for getting this project funded and delivered.
  • Placer County Bike Map--PCTPA supports alternative transportation modes and monitors bicycle planning efforts throughout the county.  PCTPA updates the Placer County Bike Map and provides resources, tips, and rules of the road so residents and visitors have safe and efficient trips.  
  • Placer County Rural Transit Study--This study identifies improvements for transit services in eight rural unincorporated communities in Placer County with limited or no transit services.  Many residents in rural Placer County, especially youth, are in need of transit services. The Rural Transit Study presents the feasibility of extending services or service alternatives, such as vanpools and on-demand services.  It recommends strategies for meeting residents' needs and contributing to their overall quality of life.
Board Makeup:

The Board of Directors is comprised of 1 Councilmember from each of the 6 incorporated cities or towns, 2 members of the County Board of Supervisors, and 1 member of the public appointed by the County Board of Supervisors.  

Executive Director: Mike Luken
CALCOG Board Representative: Jim Holmes, Supervisor, Placer County
Web Link: http://pctpa.net/