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As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares to develop the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, the agency is updating its Public Participation Plan and invites your input.

Consistent with federal and state requirements, SCAG regularly reviews and evaluates its public participation and outreach activities to ensure that the public and interested parties are given early, meaningful and substantive opportunities to be involved in SCAG’s decision-making. To that end, SCAG released the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a mandatory 45–day public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014.

SCAG invites your review and comments on the draft plan.

READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON SCAG’S 2014 DRAFT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN:
SCAG provides a variety of ways for you to submit your comments on the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan. Choose the method most convenient for you:

  • Complete the Public Participation Comment form at: www.scag.ca.gov/participate/Pages/PublicComment.aspx
  • Email your comments to: contactus@scag.ca.gov
  • Fax your comments to: 213-236-1961 – ATTENTION: Media & Public Affairs
  • Mail or drop off your written comments at any SCAG Office:
    • Main Office
      818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    • Imperial County Office:
      1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
    • Orange County Office
      600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
    • Riverside County Office
      3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
    • San Bernardino County Office
      1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
    • Ventura County Office
      950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
At the conclusion of the comment period, staff will review, address and incorporate as appropriate all comments received into a final, draft Public Participation Plan that will be presented to SCAG’s Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee (LCMC) at its meeting on March 18, 2014. Upon approval by the LCMC, staff will present the 2014 Final Public Participation Plan to the SCAG Regional Council for adoption on April 3, 2014.

Questions? Please contact Angela Rushen Ross, Manager of Media & Public Affairs at ross@scag.ca.gov or call 213-236-1809.

We value and appreciate your input!

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2170, which guarantees freight-related funding to the six-county SCAG region and will help fortify America’s most vital trade corridor. The bill, adopted two weeks ago, uses the state’s Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) to allocate freight funds authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last December, is the first federal surface transportation authorization bill to prioritize freight funding. Passage of the Assembly bill comes weeks after Southern California was largely shut out of the first round of funding under a federal freight program included in the FAST Act. The Governor’s signature will ensure that the region receives a fair share of additional freight-dedicated dollars included in the Act by using the highly successful TCIF funding platform.

For more details, download the press release.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the schedule for the FY 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program. Applications are due Friday, November 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity. These Transportation Planning Grants are intended to support the multi-modal transportation system of the future, one that improves mobility and accessibility for all people, while helping to achieve Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375 implementation for the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, Caltrans anticipates awarding approximately $9.3 million for the following two (2) categories under the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program:

Strategic Partnerships Grants - encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government coordination, and result in programmed system improvements that achieve the State’s overarching goals. Interested sub-recipients may also partner with their regional agencies for this grant.

Sustainable Communities Grants - funds transportation planning to identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, and ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Workshop locations via SCAG Regional Offices:

Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, 93003, (805) 642-2800

San Bernardino Office: 1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, 92410, (909) 806-3556

Riverside Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, 92501, (951) 784-1513

Orange County Office: 600 S. Main Street, Suite 964, Orange, 92863, (714) 542-3687

Imperial County Office: 1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, 92243, (760) 353-7800

Coachella Valley: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260, (760) 346-1127

Please contact Karen Aceves at (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov if you are planning to attend.

For more information on the - what, when, where and how to apply for these grants please refer to the Transportation Planning webpage at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.

If you have any questions regarding the grant process for the SCAG region, contact: Karen Aceves, (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announced today that it is working with Dr. Lucy Jones and her Center for Science and Society to help the nearly 200 cities in the region address their known seismic vulnerabilities. The goal of SCAG’s Earthquake Preparedness Initiative is to protect the Southern California economy from the predictable disruption that will result from a large regional earthquake. The Initiative will include a series of regional seminars led by Dr. Jones for city leaders that will cover earthquake risks and effective approaches to developing consensus on actions, especially with regard to strengthening infrastructure and the built environment. Dr. Jones will also lead workshops to help cities develop unique policy approaches suited to each community.

For more details, download the press release.

Posted September 01, 2016

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #17-01 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on September 1, 2016 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2016.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2017/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.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2017 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #17-01 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 September 12, 2016.

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