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Posted October 19, 2015

The Western Riverside Council of Government’s (WRCOG) 16th Annual Advancing the Choice Expo, to be held October 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is one of the largest events in the Inland region that provides solutions for people to live better, healthier lives with less impact on the environment. This year’s theme is “The Future of Transportation” and the conference will explore advancements in cleaner transportation fuels, improved air quality and more diverse modes of transportation. The Advancing the Choice Expo will bring together hundreds of professionals from the alternative fuel, automotive fleet, clean energy and air quality fields. It will also feature as keynote speaker Jim Madaffer, chair of the California Transportation Commission’s Road Charge Technical Advisory Committee and president of Madaffer Enterprises. Mr. Madaffer has extensive experience in regional transportation and planning, land use and housing, public safety and neighborhood services, and water and wastewater.

For more information, or to register, visit

Posted October 08, 2015

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-13 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on October 8, 2015 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2015.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2015 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #15-13 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact Maria I. Lopez at (213) 236-1806 no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 19, 2015.

On September 24, 2015, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the availability of $22.5 million FY 2015 funds for the Low or No (LoNo) Emission Vehicle Deployment Program. The capital program is a highly competitive grant program that supports the deployment of low or no emission transit buses along with supporting facilities and related equipment. The program is a great opportunity for entities to upgrade their fleet for the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations, but not widely available. During the previous request for proposals, SCAG, in collaboration with SunLine Transit Agency (SunLine), received the largest grant award of $9.8 million. SunLine will use the funds as a pass-thru grant to build and deploy five (5) hydrogen electric hybrid fuel cell buses.

Due to the program requirements, SCAG must apply as the lead applicant for large urbanized areas in the SCAG region. At this time, SCAG is now accepting applications for the program. Interested, eligible sub-recipients in the SCAG region must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on November 11, 2015. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each sub-recipients’ application to FTA by the November 23, 2015 deadline. If you are interested in applying or have questions regarding the program, please contact Alfonso Hernandez at or (213) 236-1897.

Please find additional information regarding SCAG’s instructions and required forms at:

Additional information regarding the requirements of the LoNo Program are available at:

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