Significant residential, commercial, and industrial development is anticipated in the Merced County region over the next 20 years and beyond. Increased levels of traffic and transit demand will accompany this urban and rural growth and require capacity enhancements to our regional highway and road network. Existing and anticipated revenues are not adequate to fund the improvements required to accommodate the increased travel demand. Many local governments have or are considering development fee programs to mitigate traffic impacts within their jurisdiction; however, transportation impacts beyond their jurisdictions are not included.
The regional transportation impact fee will provide needed additional revenue to mitigate transportation impacts on the regional road network.