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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.

 

 

 

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to fund continued work on its Go Human traffic safety program.

Southern California has some of the highest levels of injuries and fatalities involving people walking and biking in the country. In the six-county SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties), more than four people die every day in traffic collisions, on average. People walking or riding bikes account for 27 percent of those deaths while only comprising 12 percent of all trips.

Read the full press release here.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is expanding its award-winning Go Human traffic safety campaign to include safety messaging for scooters.

Through a partnership with a leader in last-mile electric scooter mobility, Bird, SCAG’s Go Human campaign will remind drivers to safely share the road with e-scooter riders and will remind riders to wear helmets and ride in bike lanes rather than sidewalks. Ads will appear in Culver City, Los Angeles and Santa Monica through the month of November.

Read the full press release here.

Lake Elsinore, Calif. – The City of Lake Elsinore and the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Active Lake Elsinore, a free community festival on Saturday, October 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at City Park during the Día de Los Muertos Celebration. The event gives residents and visitors an opportunity to test out potential street improvements that make it safer and easier for people to get around Lake Elsinore on foot and by bike and provide their feedback to city staff.

The community input gathered at Active Lake Elsinore will inform the city as they develop their first Active Transportation Plan. The new Active Transportation Plan will identify bicycle and pedestrian improvements throughout the city to improve connectivity, establish safe routes to schools, increase accessibility to local destinations and promote active, healthy lifestyles by recommending strategies to increase rates of walking and biking in the community.

Read the full press release here.

Work was recently completed on a study intended to provide a toolbox of resources for local providers of public transportation to incorporate planning for climate change adaptation and resiliency into their short range planning, asset management, and procurement/contracting processes. This work occurred in coordination with the Regional Transit Technical Advisory Committee. The toolbox resources are available for download on the SCAG website.

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