SHASTA COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

RULE 3:24 - TRANSPORTATION CONTROL MEASURE (TCM)
(Adopted 1/27/93)

a. Definitions

For the purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:

Alternative Commute Mode: Bicycling, buspool, carpool, telecommuting, transit, vanpool, and walking; excluding driving alone.

District: The Shasta County Air Quality Management District.

Employer: Any person(s), firm, business, educational facility, non-profit agency or corporation, government agency, or other entity which employs one or more persons at a work site.

Employment Complex: A place of employment that may accommodate several employers all under one (1) structure or a group of structures where such structure(s) is owned or managed by a single entity.

Flexible Work Hours: A work schedule where employees are given the freedom to choose their starting and leaving times, as long as they work the required number of hours and perform their responsibilities.

Ridesharing: Two or more people traveling together. Carpools, vanpools, buspools, taxipools, public and private buses, and rail transit are all examples of ridesharing.

Significant Trip Generator: Any employer, educational facility, employment complex, or other entity identified by the District that has 100 or more persons scheduled to arrive at one site between the hours of 6 A.M. and 10 A.M., Monday through Friday.

Single-Occupant Motor Vehicle: A motor vehicle occupied by one person.

Site: A building or grouping of buildings located within the District which are in actual physical contact or within walking distance (1/2 mile) of each other.

Telecommuting: Working at home or at a satellite work station using electronic or other means to communicate with the usual place of work or outside clients or customers.

Vanpooling: Several (typically six or more) employees routinely utilizing a motor vehicle designed for carrying more than six but fewer than 16 persons for work-related transportation for the purpose of ridesharing.


b. Purpose
The purpose of this regulation is to improve air quality, minimize traffic congestion, and reduce the number of single-occupant motor vehicle trips taken by residents of Shasta County by encouraging ridesharing through public education and requiring annual Trip Reduction Reports from Significant Trip Generators.

c. Authority
The California Health and Safety Code Sections 40716 and 40717 provide the statutory authority for Rule 3:24. Section 40716 states, ". . . a District may adopt and implement regulations to accomplish both of the following:

  1. "Reduce or mitigate emissions from indirect and areawide sources of air pollution.

  2. "Encourage or require the use of ridesharing, vanpooling, flexible work hours, or other measures that reduce the number or length of vehicle trips."


Section 40717(a) further states that, "A District shall adopt, implement, and enforce transportation control measures for the attainment of State or Federal ambient air quality standards to the extent necessary to comply with Section 40918 . . . ."

The California Health and Safety Code Section 40918(a), Subsections (3) and (6), state that Districts with moderate air pollution shall include in their attainment plans, "Reasonably available transportation control measures" and "Provisions for public education programs to promote actions to reduce emissions from transportation and areawide sources."

Rule 3:24 is a transportation control measure (TCM) designed to implement one element of the 1991 Air Quality Attainment Plan approved by the Shasta County Air Pollution Control Board on September 10, 1991, and conditionally approved by the California Air Resources Board on July 9, 1992.

d. Applicability

  1. Applicability. This rule applies to:

    1. Any Significant Trip Generator (as previously defined) having 200 or more specified persons at an elevation of less than 1000 feet, within the boundaries of the Shasta County Air Quality Management District (District) on or after July 1, 1992, and

    2. Any Significant Trip Generator (as previously defined) having 100 or more specified persons at an elevation of less than 1,000 feet, within the boundaries of the District on or after July 1, 1993.


e. Requirements

  1. Trip Reduction Report

    1. Each Significant Trip Generator subject to this rule shall submit an initial Trip Reduction Report to the District for review.

    2. The Report is due no later than 120 days after the Significant Trip Generator has received public notice or written notification that they are subject to the provisions of this rule.

  2. Each Significant Trip Generator with 200 or more specified persons (as previously defined) shall provide such persons on an annual basis with written notice and access to written information on alternate commute modes, commuter matching services, carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, bicycling routes, and incentives on walking programs.

  3. District Notification
    1. Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection e.1., any Significant Trip Generator who becomes subject to this rule due to an increase in work force, establishment of a new business, or increase in facility use must notify the District within six months of becoming subject to Rule 3:24. All notices shall be in writing and shall include the name of the employer, business, or facility; mailing address; the total number of persons arriving at the site between 6 A.M. and 10 A.M.; and the name of the top management person at the site.

    2. To assist in identifying the Significant Trip Generators subject to this rule, the District will publish an order to comply with the provisions of the rule during the first week of January of each year in a newspaper of general circulation.
  4. District Review of Report
    After the Significant Trip Generator submits a Trip Reduction Report, the District will review the Report with the staff of the Regional Transportation Planning Agency to analyze the progress being made at each specific site to reduce single-occupant motor vehicle trips. Suggestions may be offered by the District on measures to be investigated for implementation prior to the next annual update of the Report.

  5. Report Contents:
    The Report must include the following:
  1. The name of the individual to be contacted concerning the Report contents.

  2. An inventory of current measures used by the Significant Trip Generator to reduce single-occupant motor vehicle trips and/or traffic congestion. The measures may include one or more of the following:

    1. A monthly subsidy for a public transit pass.

    2. Telecommuting program.

    3. Guaranteed ride-home program.

    4. Flex-time program.

    5. Compressed work-week schedule.

    6. Financial travel allowances and rideshare subsidies.

    7. Non-work related, lunchtime trip-reduction program, including bicycle and walking incentives listed in paragraph (9), shuttle service to common local trip sites (shopping, restaurants, etc.), and on-site amenities, such as food services, ATM machines, postal services, childcare services, fuel sales at cost from fleet pumps to carpools and vanpools, and gym or workout room.

    8. Alternate mode commute time compensated (partially or fully) as work time.

    9. Bicycling and walking incentives and amenities such as bicycle lockers, on-site showers, subsidized walking shoes, bicycle parts and repair program, and company "fleet" bicycles for employee loan.

    10. Development of a van or buspool program.

    11. Monthly or quarterly prize drawings for ridesharers.

  3. A list of any special trip-reduction measures that are being implemented to reduce motor vehicle trips in single-occupant motor vehicles during the High Ozone Season (May through October).

  4. A list of any special trip-reduction measures that are being implemented specifically to reduce motor vehicle trips in single-occupant motor vehicles during the lunch period each day.

5. Trip Reduction Report Annual Update

  1. Each Significant Trip Generator must review its implementation of trip reduction measures, and submit to the District annually no later than November 1st a Trip Reduction Report Update on a survey form to be provided by the District.

  2. The Trip Reduction Report Update shall include information on the trip reduction measures implemented during the last year since the previous report and quantify to the extent feasible any measured success of the program. The update shall evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the measures implemented and provide a listing of any new or revised measures that will be implemented in the following year.

6. Record-Keeping and Auditing

  1. The Significant Trip Generator shall keep detailed records of all documents that may be used to verify the success of the trip reduction program for a period of at least two (2) years from the date of the applicable Report.

  2. The District may perform random on-site audits at each Significant Trip Generator site to verify the accuracy of Reports.


f. Monitoring TCM Performance

  1. In order to monitor the results of this TCM, the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) shall coordinate the following monitoring activities as appropriate and as needed on an annual basis:

    1. Spot traffic counts

    2. Origin/Destination Studies

    3. Travel time and delay studies

    4. On- and off-street parking surveys

    5. Vehicle-occupancy studies

    6. Home-based travel surveys

    7. On-board transit passenger counts and surveys

  2. The District shall annually review the transportation-related information provided in the RTPA studies and surveys to determine the progress being made in reducing single-occupant motor vehicle trips and associated air emissions.

  3. All Significant Trip Generators shall cooperate to the extent feasible in providing information and site access to RTPA staff in order to complete monitoring activities.


g. Public Education

  1. The District shall coordinate with Caltrans Northstate Rideshare, Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA), Anderson-Cottonwood Transit (ACT), Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and other city and county agencies regarding the distribution of written information on alternate commute modes, commuter- matching services, carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, bicycle routes, etc., to employers, educational facilities, employment complexes, and other entities that are smaller in size than the Significant Trip Generators.


h. Violations and Enforcement

  1. It is a violation:

    1. If a Significant Trip Generator does not submit a Trip Reduction Report within 120 days of notification.

    2. If a Significant Trip Generator does not submit a Trip Reduction Report Update annually no later than November 1.

    3. If a Significant Trip Generator fails to maintain records or falsifies records.

  2. Violations of this rule are subject to the penalties outlined in Article 3, Chapter 4, Part 4 of Division 26 of the California Health and Safety Code.