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A new technical study encourages transportation authorities in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties to explore a variety of options to improve transit between the two counties and commuter connections into and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT).

 

The Los Angeles and San Bernardino Inter-County Transit and Rail Connectivity Study was prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in coordination with LA Metro and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). One of the primary purposes of the study was to assess connectivity to ONT, which has experienced healthy growth since its return to local control in November 2016.

 

Since 2017, Ontario Airport has seen consistent double-digit growth in passenger volumes and with the additions of China Airlines, Frontier Airlines and JetBlue, is on track to handle 5 million passengers this year. Long term, SCAG has projected ONT’s demand at 11-19 million passengers per year.

 

In addition, both LA and San Bernardino counties are among the fastest growing in the United States, representing a significant portion of the 4 million additional residents SCAG projects for its six-county region over the next 25-30 years.

 

To accommodate that demand and improve access to ONT, several transit alternatives have been floated in recent years, including light rail, hybrid rail, commuter rail and express bus and bus rapid transit service (BRT). The connectivity study did not attempt to choose only one of those options, but concluded that each would help reduce congestion and merit further review by Metro and SBCTA.

 

Read the full press release here.

 

 

 

SCAG's Go Human program has been selected to receive a National Public Outreach Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association

The award recognizes 5 Go Human temporary safety demonstration events in Orange County in 2017, which promoted walking and biking and gave community members a chance to weigh in on planned improvements:

Re:Imagine Garden Grove: Community members got an opportunity to experience new roadway improvements planned by the city, including buffered bike lanes along West Street and the “Neighborhood Greenway" concept included in the city's Active Streets Plan.

Santa Ana Cinco de Mayo Festival: The Go Human team and our partners provide safety education and support for bicycling and walking in the community at the annual Cinco de Mayo festival, which draws hundreds of thousands of attendees each year.

Experience the Tracks at Brea: Attendees explored the newly opened trail segment and demonstrating potential trail amenities, including pop-up parklets that showcased improved seating and shade elements.

Connect the Loop (Anaheim and Yorba Linda): This event allowed the community to see how bicycle and pedestrian improvements could eventually close a gap in the Orange County Loop regional trail network.

Redefine Hazard Avenue (Garden Grove): The planned Hazard Avenue Separated Bikeway, an improved buffered bike lane along a residential street and a neighborhood greenway were all demonstrated at this event.

These events were possible because of the support and dedication of our partner cities listed below and Alta Planning + Design. Thank you for making these events a success!   

To date, SCAG's Go Human program has hosted more than 30 events throughout the region, with more activities and resources launching this year. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date on the latest Go Human activities.​

The Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today approved the appointment of Kome Ajise as the organization’s new Executive Director. Ajise, who has served as Planning Director since November 2017, was selected to lead the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization following an extensive search. He has 30 years of experience in regional planning and transportation, including serving as chief deputy director at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Prior to that, he was Caltrans’ deputy director of planning and modal programs and was responsible for overseeing the Aeronautics, Mass Transportation, Rail, Transportation Planning, Local Assistance, and Research Innovation and System Information Divisions. He will assume his new role as executive director on an interim basis, effective immediately, pending the formal contract approval process.

Read the full press release here.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today urged creation of a pilot project to test the concept of Mobility Go Zones in reducing congestion and improving air quality.

The proposal, part of SCAG’s newly released Mobility Go Zone Program Feasibility Study, would establish pilot Go Zones on the Westside of Los Angeles to more deeply analyze the effectiveness of congestion pricing, enhanced pedestrian infrastructure and improved transit options.

Read the full press release here.

Posted March 22, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-06 San Bernardino County. The Public Review period starts on March 11, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2019.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/proposed.aspx.

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. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-06 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 Pablo Gutierrez at (213) 236-1929 no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2019.

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