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The November issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter features a re-cap of a panel discussion on global climate change, the formation of two additional Regional Council districts and a web-based map that will assist local governments in taking advantage of CEQA streamlining provisions offered under SB 743.

Keywords : Climate Change

Darin Chidsey has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities and nearly 19 million residents. Chidsey is an 11-year veteran of SCAG, most recently serving as the Director of Strategy, Policy and Public Affairs. Under his leadership, SCAG developed a successful State and Federal Legislative Program and has hosted many successful and highly regarded General Assemblies, Southern California Economic Summits, and War on Poverty Summits. As COO, Chidsey will be responsible for driving the vision and strategies of the agency, as well as leading the implementation of new Regional Council initiatives. This includes updating SCAG’s Strategic Plan to ensure that the agency continues to support its member cities and work collaboratively towards regional goals. His appointment followed a nationwide search.

For more details, download the press release.

The Riverside County Transportation Commission, in coordination with the Federal Railroad Administration and Caltrans, is studying options for providing additional intercity passenger rail services between Los Angeles and Indio. The agencies are preparing a Program Environmental Impact State (EIS)/Program Environment Impact Report (EIR) document and a Service Development Plan consistent with federal and state requirements.

Join the RCTC, FRA and Caltrans for public scoping meetingson October 12, 13, and 17 to learn more about the project and to provide feedback:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 5 - 7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, Springbrook Clubhouse at Reid Park, 1011 N. Orange Street, Riverside, CA 92501
  • Thursday, October 13, 5 - 7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, Indio Senior Center, 45-100 Aladdin Street, Indio, CA 92201
  • Monday, October 17, 5 - 7 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Headquarters, Plaza Level, 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

For more information, click here.

The Draft 2017 Federal Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (FSTIP) is now available for public review at the following web link:

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prepares the FSTIP every two years in cooperation with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional transportation planning agencies in California. It is a federally mandated document that includes phases of all capital and non-capital transportation projects prioritized to receive federal funding under Titles 23 and 49 of the United States Code during federal fiscal years 2016/17 through 2019/20. This document also includes regionally significant projects regardless of their funding source.

The public review and comment period for the Draft 2017 FSTIP begins on October 10, 2016 and closes on October 31, 2016. Please email comments to or send them to the address provided below by October 31, 2016:

Lima Huy
Division of Transportation Programming, MS 82
California Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 942874
Sacramento, CA 94274-0001

Posted October 04, 2016

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-22 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on October 4, 2016 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2016.

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 #15-19 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 13, 2016.

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