Local Bus Transit

Measure M contributes 10% of its revenue to the Local Bus Transit (LBT) Program. Throughout Sonoma County public transportation is operated to provide a viable alternative to the private automobile.

Bus transit funding is allocated quarterly to each of the bus transit operators in Sonoma County: Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa CityBus and Petaluma Transit. Each year an estimate of Measure M funding is included in the annual Coordinated Claim.

The bus transit operators use Measure M funds to maintain and, when possible, expand service. Transit operators are required to submit a letter to the SCTA on an annual basis outlining how the Measure M funding was spent, a description of what projects or activities were completed and how performance standards were met.

Measure M Local Bus Transit (LBT) Program Distribution Ratios

For Fiscal Year 2020/21
POPULATION AS OF JANUARY 1, 2019

Area

Population1

% Population

Cloverdale 9,257 1.85%
Cotati 7,919 1.58%
Healdsburg 12,501 2.50%
Petaluma 62,247 12.43%
Rohnert Park 43,339 8.66%
Santa Rosa 175,625 35.08%
Sebastopol 7,885 1.57%
Sonoma 11,556 2.31%
Windsor 28,565 5.71%
County 141,781 28.32%2
Total 500,675 100%

1 California Department of Finance – January 1, 2019 – Based on published population by entity.
2 See below for adjusted calculation for TDA formula

LOCAL BUS TRANSIT (LBT) PROGRAM DISTRIBUTION RATIOS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018/19

Distribution to Transit Operators based on TDA Population Percentages Above

Area

Population

% Population

Healdsburg 12,501  2.50%
Petaluma 62,247 12.43%
Santa Rosa 175,625 35.08%
County 250,302 49.99%
Total 500,675 100%