The Lake County/City Area Planning Council (APC) is the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the Lake County region. The RTPA was established in 1972 by a Joint Powers Agreement after the Transportation Development Act (TDA) was passed.
Initially, the duties of the RTPAs were to administer TDA locally, which was to ensure appropriate local transportation choices were made with the ¼ cent of the State sales tax. Over the years, RTPA duties have gradually expanded. In 1997, Senate Bill 45 became law and further increased the duties and responsibilities of the RTPAs relative to the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). The STIP is a five-year list of transportation projects which is approved by the California Transportation Commission (CTC).
Lake APC also manages the call boxes in Lake County by administering the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) program. Funds to administer the program are received through an annual registration fee of one dollar per registered vehicle paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Lake County Transit Energy Use Reduction Plan–Lake Transit Authority is the sole transportation provider in Lake County and serves parts of Napa and Mendocino counties as well. The region attracts many visitors due to its wine country and mineral springs. Lake County has prioritized greenhouse gas reduction and has been honored as the nation’s cleanest air by the American Lung Association for three years in a row. In order to continue these efforts, the Lake County Transit Energy Use Reduction Plan promotes the conversion of Lake Transit vehicles to low-emission alternatives. The plan outlines strategies for conserving energy, reducing emissions, reducing transit operating expenses, and increasing operational efficiency. Some examples from the plan include replacing indoor and outdoor lighting with LED, installing solar bus canopies, installing UV film on windows, and converting the fleet to alternative fuels. The plan also identifies funding opportunities and management program for transit operators.
Active Transportation Plan for Lake County–This plan encourages the use of active transportation for residents and tourists and serves as the non-motorized element of the Regional Transportation Plan. It also creates baseline eligibility within the region to compete for grants from the state Active Transportation Program. Clear Lake, which covers 5% of the region’s land, attracts many visitors and recreational activities. An improved pedestrian and bicycle network connects communities and job centers and promotes safe and healthy alternatives for accessing them.
The Council is comprised of 2 Councilmembers from the City of Lakeport, 2 Councilmembers from the City of Clearlake, 2 members from the Lake County Board of Supervisors, and 2 at-large citizen members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.