Transportation Development Act
The Transportation Development Act, or TDA, has long been a cornerstone of state transit funding. This state law allows each county to establish a quarter-cent sales tax to finance a wide variety of transportation projects, including:
- Transit operations
- Bus and rail projects
- Special transit services for disabled riders
- Pedestrian and bicycle facilities
- Transportation planning.
State Transit Assistance
State Transit Assistance, or STA, funds are generated by the sales tax on diesel fuel, and the amount of money available for transit agencies varies from year to year based on the ups and downs of diesel prices. The State splits the STA program into two components:
The transit operators and other member agencies in in the San Joaquin region submit their annual TDA claims based on these apportionments and in compliance with SJCOG TDA Administration Policy. SJCOG is subsequently required by state law to prepare and submit an audit of its performance on a triennial basis to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in order to continue receiving TDA funding.