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The California Transportation Commission will be holding a public hearing on the Draft 2014 Active Transportation Program Guidelines on Wednesday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m. The public hearing will be held at:

L.A. Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA

The Draft 2014 Active Transportation Guidelines describe the policy, standards, criteria, and procedures for the development, adoption and management of the state Active Transportation Program, which was created by SB 99 and AB 101. For more information on the hearing and to download the draft guidelines, please the website of the California Transportation Commission.

Keywords : Transportation

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (Draft 2017 FTIP) in compliance with the adopted 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016-2040 RTP/SCS) and all federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) and metropolitan planning regulations.

On July 7, 2016, the SCAG Transportation Committee approved release of the Draft 2017 FTIP for a 30-day public review and comment period, which concludes on August 8, 2016. The Draft 2017 FTIP is comprised of transportation projects for the six-county SCAG region: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. The Draft 2017 FTIP consists of three (3) volumes: (I) Executive Summary, (II) Technical Appendix, and (III) Project Listing part A and part B (consistent with the 2016 RTP/SCS). The Technical Appendix includes the federally required conformity analysis for the Draft 2017 FTIP.

Included in the public review and public hearings of the Draft 2017 FTIP are the Federal Program of Projects for Fiscal Years 2016/2017-2021/2022 that are funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and 5339 funds for all urbanized areas in the SCAG six-county region. The applicable urbanized areas are: Camarillo, El Centro–Calexico, Hemet, Indio–Cathedral City, Lancaster–Palmdale, Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim, Mission Viejo–Lake Forest–San Clemente, Murrieta–Temecula–Menifee, Oxnard, Riverside–San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Victorville–Hesperia, and Yuma AZ – CA* (*Imperial County Portion). This public notice of availability and public participation activities as well as the time established for public review and comments on the Draft 2017 FTIP will satisfy the public involvement requirements for the Program of Projects (POP). Subsequent to public involvement and adoption, the final 2017 FTIP will function as the final program for the region, unless amended, and a final notice is not published. The projects are listed by each respective county in Volume III of the Draft 2017 FTIP.

The Draft 2017 FTIP is available for public review on the SCAG website at www.scag.ca.gov/FTIP. Copies are also available for public review at SCAG's Los Angeles office and regional offices (Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura). Copies of the Draft 2017 FTIP can also be found at public libraries throughout the region (library listing is available on the SCAG website). SCAG's Regional Council as the agency's governing board is tentatively scheduled to consider approval of the final 2017 FTIP on September 1, 2016.

SCAG will be holding 2 public hearings regarding the Draft 2017 FTIP on the following dates, times and locations:

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m.
SCAG Los Angeles Office
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m.
SCAG Los Angeles Office
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

One may also participate in the public hearings via videoconference from SCAG's regional offices. Please visit our website for the public hearing procedures and videoconference locations at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov.

The purpose of the hearings is to receive public input and comments regarding the Draft 2017 FTIP, which may be used to facilitate changes where appropriate. SCAG encourages the public and all interested parties to submit written comments and/or written information at the public hearings and no later than the close of the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2016 and may be submitted electronically to gutierre@scag.ca.gov, or by U.S. mail as follows:

Southern California Association of Governments
Attention: Pablo Gutierrez
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Public Invited to Transit, Rail Planning Meetings

Join the Southern California Association of Governments for community meetings July 12 and 13 to provide feedback about transit and rail plans for the eastern San Gabriel Valley and western San Bernardino Valley:

  • Tuesday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, George M. Gibson Senior Center, 250 N. 3rd Ave., Upland
  • Wednesday, July 13, 5:30-7:30 pm, Palomares Academy of Health Sciences, 2211 N. Orange Grove Ave., Pomona

View exhibits, discuss future transit and rail options with planners, and complete a survey to help shape the future of transportation for the area. If unable to attend in person, complete a five minute, interactive survey at SCAG-ICS-Survey.com. For more information, contact Project Manager Steve Fox at fox@scag.ca.gov or (213) 236-1855.

Learn more: www.scag.ca.gov/programs/Pages/InterCountyTransitRail.aspx

Los Angeles –SCAG joined the University of Southern California Bedrosian Center on Governance and other prominent civic leaders today in launching the SoCal Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Initiative, a cooperative set of recommendations designed by academia and the private sector to prevent or minimize the damage and disruption caused by a major natural disaster.

The initiative, which comes amid brush fires in Santa Barbara and under the specter of a predicted massive quake along the San Andreas fault, brings scientists, business leaders and policymakers together to boost Southern California’s sustainability and resiliency in the face of a natural disaster.

The DRR Initiative is a product of combined knowledge of an unprecedented gathering of scholars. The joint team’s executive committee, which includes retired U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones as a special advisor, unveiled the recommendations to the public during a June 23 forum on the USC campus. According to report authors and other leaders present in the forum, the recommendations serve as a case study for both the Southern California region and the world.

“With this initiative, we want to help build a more resilient Southern California – one where communities across the Southland work hand-in-hand with the government,” said Raphael Bostic, director of the USC Bedrosian Center. “We don’t want to provide abstract suggestions on what ‘needs’ to be done. Our ultimate goal is comprehensive engagement with local communities, businesses and authorities, so they make the right disaster risk reduction decisions themselves.”

Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments and co-chair of the DRR Initiative, added, "Southern California's vulnerability to natural disasters demands that we look forward, and prepare comprehensively to mitigate the impact of a major event. It is critical to our economy and to the 18 million residents in the region that we strengthen our connections, our infrastructure, and build resilience."

In the recommendations, the joint team addresses several major risks typically stemming from natural disasters in densely-populated seaside and mountainous regions like Southern California. They have compiled a list of the best resources leading to focused outcomes that can be implemented. The combination of disaster-related challenges is divided into five groups: infrastructure interdependencies, education on true impacts, social capital as a solution, fire following earthquakes, and enhancing building resilience.

“Massive natural disasters, primarily, earthquakes, are a certain possibility in Southern California in the years to come,” said John Bwarie of Stratiscope, who is also a project coordinator on the DRR Initiative. “Research shows that people fail to prepare since it is either too complicated, or too overwhelming. The Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative identifies simple steps that can be taken in the short-term to reduce the impact of a disaster.”

“This effort was launched to bring the private and public sectors together to target actions that can be taken now to address our vulnerabilities,” said Chris Smith, the other co-chair of the Initative and founder of eqcglobal. “We can all significantly reduce the impact of the next great earthquake. These solutions are manageable and specific, so this report can be used today.”

The SoCal DRR Initiative Executive Committee includes representatives from Los Angles Economic Development Corporation, AEG Worldwide, USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, Alston and Bird, Southern California Edison, Walt Disney Company, Urban Land Institute-Los Angeles, Southern California Association of Governments, Port of Los Angeles, AON Risk Services, SoCal Gas, EQC Global, Wells Fargo, and Stratiscope. To download the report, click here.

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