ALACHUA COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Jack Durrance Auditorium, Room 209 Second Floor 12 SE 1st Street
June 14, 2016 Regular BoCC Meeting
Agenda Item #12


Title
Shared Use Non-Motorized Trail (SUNTRail) Project Priorities

Amount
N/A

Description
Approve the prioritization of projects eligible for funding through the Shared Use Non-Motorized Trail Program

Recommendation
Approve the prioritization of projects eligible for funding through the Shared Use Non-Motorized Trail Program and authorize the Manger to sign the Willing Manager Certification for each project

Alternative(s)
Provide direction to Staff about project prioritization; Do not authorize the Manger to sign the Willing Manager Certification for SUNTrail projects

Requested By
Chris Dawson, Sr. Transportation Planner, 374-5249

Originating Department
Growth Management

Attachment(s) Description
SUNTrail Project Priorities Presentation; SUNTrail Priority Projects Report

Documents Requiring Action
N/A

Executive Summary
In 2015 the Florida Legislature adopted legislation implementing the Shared Use Non-Motorized Trail (SUNTrail) program. The program, overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation, provides for funding of trails throughout Florida through the re-distribution of automobile tag revenue. The legislature allocated $25 million annually to the program, beginning with the 2016-17 State Fiscal Year. The program, as defined in 339.81 F.S., requires that eligible projects be located on the Priority Land Trail Network adopted by the Greenways and Trails Council. The Department has not programmed any appropriated dollars in the Five Year Work Program. The intent is to program the next five years as well as the FY15-16 dollars. This will be done through an amendment to the Five Year Work Program in August. As such, the Department appears to intend to program approximately $150 million dollars over the next five years, with approximately $50 million dollars allocated toward eligible individual projects. On May 6, 2016, the Department notified the County that applications for the Individual Trail Applications would be accepted until June 20, 2016.

Background
In 2015 the Florida Legislature adopted legislation implementing the Shared Use Non-Motorized Trail (SUNTrail) program. The program, overseen by the Florida Department of Transportation, provides for funding of trails throughout Florida through the re-distribution of automobile tag revenue. The legislature allocated $25 million annually to the program, beginning with the 2016-17 State Fiscal Year. The program, as defined in 339.81 F.S., requires that eligible projects be located on the Priority Land Trail Network adopted by the Greenways and Trails Council. The Department has been working to implement the program for the last year and has developed three categories for funding trails. Each category will be allocated approximately 1/3 of the annual funding. The first category is for the Greenways and Trails Councils top priority regional trail network. The Council has selected the Coast-to-Coast Connector as its top priority. The second category for funding is the second priority regional trail network selected by the Greenways and Trails Council. This second priority trail is the St. Johns River to Sea Network. The final category for funding identified by the Florida Department of Transportation is the Individual Trail. Projects in this category cannot be located on either of the two regional networks. This is the category that all projects in Alachua County fall into. The Department has not programmed any appropriated dollars in the Five Year Work Program. The intent is to program the next five years as well as the FY15-16 dollars. This will be done through an amendment to the Five Year Work Program in August. As such, the Department appears to intend to program approximately $150 million dollars over the next five years, with approximately $50 million dollars allocated toward eligible individual projects. On May 6, 2016, the Department notified the County that applications for the Individual Trail Applications would be accepted until June 20, 2016.Staff has developed estimates of maintenance costs for multi-use paths. Annual maintenance for trails within existing public rights-of-way would be approximately $5,500 per mile, while trails outside of the right-of-way would be approximately $7,500 per mile. Annualized capital maintenance costs would be between $4,500 and $6,500 per mile depending on the width of the trail. The County has worked with non-profits in the area to offset annual maintenance costs with volunteer labor. Final decisions about maintenance of a project would not be required until a project is selected to be funded, at which point the Board, or another entity, would be required to enter into an agreement with FDOT to maintain the project.

Issues
Should the Board accept maintenance responsibility for the proposed projects if they were to be funded

Fiscal Recommendation
N/A

Fiscal Alternative(s)
N/A

Funding Sources
N/A

Account Code(s)
N/A


Attachment:  FDOT_SUNTrail_FY17.pdf
Attachment:  SUNTrail_Pres_BOCC_20160614.pptx
Attachment:  SUNTrail_Pres_BOCC_20160614.pdf