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Posted May 19, 2020

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-20 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The Public Review period starts on May 19, 2020 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2020.

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the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-20 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.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 May 28, 2020.

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Join us for the next series of Regional Planning Working Group Meetings! SCAG will be holding two working group meetings this May. These meetings function as a forum for SCAG staff to engage stakeholders in the development and implementation of plans and policies to advance the region’s mobility, economy and sustainability.

Transportation Safety and Active Transportation Working Groups, and Go Human Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 21, 2020
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This meeting will cover:

  • Safe Routes to Parks
  • Cycle 5 of the Active Transportation Program
  • Go Human Advertising Campaign Feedback and Opportunities
  • Creating Street Space for People During COVID-19: Strategies to Learn Together

Register Here

Natural & Farm Lands Conservation Working Group Meeting
Thursday, May 28, 2020
10:00 a.m. – Noon

This meeting will cover:

  • Implementation of Connect SoCal's Conservation Strategies
  • SoCal Greenprint Progress
  • Updates on the San Bernardino and Antelope Valley Regional Conservation Investment Strategy

Register Here

Los Angeles – Southern California faces “severe and long-lasting” economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, with Great Depression-level unemployment, supply chain interruptions and significant drops in taxable sales, according to an analysis from the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization.

The report, prepared by analysts at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), projects an annual unemployment rate for the six-county region of 19.3% in 2020, tapering down to 12.2% in 2021. The 2020 rate is particularly significant given that year started with unemployment averaging around 4% in January and February. In April alone, SCAG estimates job loss rates of 20% to 22% – a surge that surpasses the more gradual trendline during the Great Depression, when U.S. unemployment took more than three years to reach its peak of 24.9% in 1933.

The analysis also projects decrease in taxable sales of 26% to 38% in 2020 and 2021. In total dollars, those decreases would range from $178 billion to $264 billion, which could severely impact local municipal budgets that rely on sales tax revenues. The forecast models do not take into account the possibility of further waves of infection or the still-unclear impact of government spending on relief efforts.

The full press release is available here.

The complete report is available here.

​Six exemplary and innovative planning projects are being honored as winners of the 2020 Sustainability Awards by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

Winners of this year’s 13th annual awards include four municipalities and two transportation agencies in the six-county SCAG region. The Sustainability Awards recognize excellence in coordinating land use and transportation to improve mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability. Due to the cancelation of SCAG’s 2020 Regional Conference and General Assembly, the Sustainability Award winners will not be honored at a formal ceremony.  

Read the full press release here.

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Over the course of Connect SoCal’s four-year planning cycle, SCAG has benefited greatly from listening to the many needs and concerns of our stakeholders. This invaluable feedback and insight has created the foundation of a truly collaborative and comprehensive vision for the region.

In that same spirit, SCAG’s Regional Council has approved Connect SoCal for the limited purpose of federal transportation conformity, so that SCAG may submit the plan to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for review prior to the June 1, 2020, deadline, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. The Regional Council's action aims to ensure the continued flow of federal funding for our region’s infrastructure including the more than 4,000 projects in the plan, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity.

The Regional Council is anticipated to consider the approval of Connect SoCal in its entirety within 120 days and following additional engagement with stakeholders to consider the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the plan and its implementation.

WHAT'S NEXT

As mentioned above, SCAG will be considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and working to address recent comments received, including issues related to the incorporation of entitlements within Connect SoCal. SCAG staff will provide a progress report on these efforts within 60 days.

SCAG will continue to maintain an email distribution list for the Connect SoCal and PEIR and provide updates on how to stay involved through this process. To be added to or removed from the Connect SoCal or PEIR distribution lists, request hard copies of future CEQA notices, or request general assistance, please email ConnectSoCal@scag.ca.gov or 2020PEIR@scag.ca.gov and provide your full name, telephone number, email and mailing addresses.

Subsequent action by the Regional Council is anticipated to move the plan forward in its entirety, enabling SCAG to distribute Draft Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation as well as submit the plan to the California Air Resources Board to confirm the attainment of greenhouse gas reduction targets.

SCAG thanks you and the many stakeholders and partners that are helping to contribute to the development of Connect SoCal. Connect SoCal, its project list, 20 supporting technical reports and PEIR are all available for review on the Connect SoCal website​.

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