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"Build the Plan!"

In 2004, MAG initiated development of the Arterial Life Cycle Program (ALCP) to provide management and oversight for the street projects contained in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The ALCP is a key safeguard that was part of Proposition 400 and represents $1.2 billion of investment through 2025. The original list of projects in the ALCP consisted of 62 arterial capacity improvements, 32 intersection improvements, and $50 million in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) investments.

The ALCP Program provides information for each project spanning the 20-year life cycle, including location, regional funding, year of work, type of work, status of project and the lead agency. The FY 2016 ALCP went through the MAG Committee Process and was approved by the MAG Regional Council on May 25, 2016.

In accordance with the ALCP Policies and Procedures, project expenditures may be inflated using inflation rate information provided by MAG. When completing a Project Overview (PO), Project Reimbursement Request (PRR), or other necessary documents, jurisdictions are responsible for inflating the expenditure amounts to the current year. To keep the program fiscally constrained, however, program inflation in the FY2016 ALCP has been temporarily eliminated. As a result, no reimbursements have been inflated since the FY 2012 ALCP.

Each year, MAG reports on the status of projects funded through the half-cent transportation excise tax in the Annual Report on the status of the implementation of Proposition 400. In addition, ALCP Status Reports are published semi-annually and address the status of projects, revenues received, and relevant program information.

The ALCP Policies and Procedures direct the implementation of the arterial street projects in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The Regional Council approved the current Policies and Procedures on June 24 2015. The ALCP Program Schedule outlines program deadlines in accordance with the approved ALCP Policies and Procedures. MAG Member Agencies should refer to the FY2015 ALCP Schedule for due dates pertaining to project/program updates as well as reimbursement request deadlines.

Impact of the Economic Downturn on the ALCP
ALCP revenues and expenditures must be fiscally constrained, per Arizona Revised Statute 28-6352(B). Since the economic downturn, which began in 2007, there have been significant reductions in program revenues that required a portion of reimbursements to be deferred to an unfunded year of the program. The most recent revenue forecast released by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in the fall of 2012 indicated that revenues had stabilized.

Historically, project budget allocations have been adjusted annually for inflation and the program issued bonds to ensure reimbursements aligned to the program schedule. However, to balance the program, bonding and inflation have been temporarily eliminated. FY 2016 programmed reimbursements were not inflated to 2015$ . Further, bonding was not used as a finance mechanism to advance reimbursements before forecasted program revenues are available. The debt service associated with bonding was eliminated, which effectively reduced the burden it placed on program revenues. The programming of regional funds and the amounts unfunded due to the deficit are documented in the approved ALCP.

The FY 2016 ALCP is fiscally constrained over the remaining period of the 20-year life cycle program using projected revenue streams of the Regional Area Road Fund (RARF), MAG Surface Transportation Program funds (STP-MAG), and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds.

Track the Progress: ALCP Project Cards
MAG, in collaboration with member jurisdictions, has developed a new user-friendly way for members of the public to track projects that are being implemented as part of the Regional Transportation Plan funded by Proposition 400. A web-based, one-page card has been developed for each Arterial Life Cycle Project Cards project. Each card provides information such as a description of the project, its benefits, and a timeline. The first phase set of ALCP Cards are available on the MAG website at

Changing ALCP Projects in the FY 2016 ALCP
Periodically, a Lead Agency may need to change a project in the ALCP outside of the annual update process. To request a project change, please complete the ALCP Project Change Form and email the completed form to John Bullen.


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