Transportation is one of our areas of specialty. We have been deeply involved in the last four transportation reauthorization acts to pass Congress: ISTEA, TEA-21, SAFETEA-LU and MAP-21. Our longstanding involvement with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee provides us with a unique insight into the more nuanced policy deliberations that evolve during the reauthorization process. We personally know and have access to the key decision-makers and have our hands on the pulse of the Committee. Moreover, David Turch and Associates has an excellent working relationship with the Department of Transportation and its various agencies.
Over the years, we have secured tens of millions of dollars for interchange projects along the I-10 and I-15 Corridors in Southern California, including the I-10 and Riverside Avenue Interchange, the I-15 and Base Line Road Interchange, and the proposed SR-60 Potrero Boulevard Interchange. When previously earmarked funds were at risk of being rescinded for the Potrero Boulevard Interchange project in the summer of 2012, we worked with the City of Beaumont, the Department of Transportation, and Caltrans to ensure that the funds remained dedicated to the project. We have also secured tens of millions of dollars for bridges and road improvement projects for our clients across the country.
Over the last year we have worked with the City of Imperial, the City of El Centro, the County of Imperial and SeaPort Airlines on securing a Department of Transportation waiver so that Imperial County Airport can continue to participate in the Essential Air Service (EAS) program. The EAS provides a federal subsidy to encourage commercial passenger air service in rural communities. The FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Public Law 112-95) amended the EAS requiring participating communities to maintain an average of 10 enplanements or more per service day in order to remain program eligible. This new statutory requirement took effect at the beginning of FY 2013 (October 1, 2012 through September 30, 2013). Imperial County Airport’s average daily enplanements for FY 2013 was below the minimum DOT threshold. David Turch and Associates worked with all regional stakeholders, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Representative Juan Vargas, in a successful effort to secure a waiver, which was issued by the Transportation Department in September 2014. We organized several meetings with EAS officials and held numerous communications with congressional and regional representatives. Continued EAS service to the airport is a critical component of the region’s economic development plans. The waiver allows the airport to continue to have access to the $1.6 million EAS grant through FY 2015.
From a different advocacy perspective, we are sometimes retained by a client to block an initiative that will harm their interest. David Turch and Associates was hired by the homeowner’s associations of Lake Nona Estates and North Lake Park in Orlando, Florida to increase the level of transparency with the Greater Orlando Airport Authority (GOAA) regarding the planned expansion of their East Airfield. The original airport plans threatened to adversely affect the environment and health of the community residents. David Turch & Associates successfully engaged the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), United States Army Corps of Engineers (USCOE), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and relevant members of the House and Senate to pressure the GOAA to make plan modifications to address the communities’ concerns.
We have worked with the City of Monrovia on its development plans along the Gold Line light rail extension through the city. Monrovia's Station Square Transit Village development is the most ambitious project the city has seen in decades, and when completed will ultimately cover 80 acres, including a park-and-ride transit center, more than 1,000 new residential units, neighborhood retail establishments, offices, and public spaces. We helped secure over $4.5 million for this project. Beyond assisting the city in securing federal funds, we were more recently engaged in obtaining congressional support in facilitating an agreement on the construction of a maintenance facility between Monrovia and the Gold Line Construction Authority. We also helped secure funding for the city's trolley system, parks, and downtown historic preservation project.
In 2012, we worked with the Riverside Transit Administration (RTA) helping them secure a $2.4 million Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Clean Fuel Grant. The federal funds were used to cover the cost of replacing RTA’s fleet of compressed natural gas buses, which were reaching the end of their useful life. RTA is in the process of spending over $50 million on the purchase of 97 full-sized buses, with the potential to buy more if needed.