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PLEASE NOTE (3/11/2014): Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5pm (PST).

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is now accepting applications for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Fiscal Year 2012-13 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo Program). FTA plans to award a minimum of $24.9 million in funding to carry out the LoNo Program. The program is discretionary and FTA plans to award the funds by the following categories:

  • $21.6 million is available for buses; and
  • $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.

The main purpose of the LoNo Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The LoNo Program provides funding for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. The LoNo Program is a capital program focused on deploying new production vehicles that are market-ready or near market-ready. It is not a program for designing and developing prototypes. The program gives priority consideration to the deployment of buses with the lowest energy consumption and least harmful emissions, including direct carbon emissions.

Eligible Lead Applicants and Direct Recipients

Due to FTA requirements, the eligible Lead Applicants/Direct Recipients are limited to the following criteria:

  • A recipient for an eligible area and designated, in accordance with the planning process under section 5303 and 5304, by a Governor of a State, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of public transportation, to receive and apportion amounts under section 5336 to urbanized areas of 200,000 or more in population; or
  • A State, for an urbanized area in which an ‘‘eligible area’’ as defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) is located that also has a population under 200,000 individuals, as determined

Given this, for the SCAG Region, SCAG would be required to submit an application on behalf of the following large urbanized areas (UZAs):

  • Indio / Cathedral City
  • Los Angeles / Long Beach / Anaheim
  • Riverside / San Bernardino
  • Murrieta / Temecula
  • Lancaster / Palmdale
  • Santa Clarita

Eligible Subrecipients

The eligible Subrecipients are limited to the following criteria:

  • Public Transportation Providers
  • A project team member identified in the proposal and deemed a ‘‘Key Party’’ by FTA, including consultants, manufacturers, vendors, systems integrators and facilities providers.

Eligible Areas:

An eligible area is defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) as an area that is:

  • Designated as a nonattainment area for ozone or carbon monoxide under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7407(d)); or
  • A maintenance area, as defined in section 5303, for ozone or carbon monoxide.

Eligible Projects:

The following projects are eligible for funding, in accordance with section 5312(d)(5)(A)(ii)::

  • Acquiring or leasing a minimum of five (5) low or no emission transit buses (FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses);
  • Constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission transit buses;
  • Constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses; or,
  • Rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses.

The LoNo Program strongly encourages proposals that leverage other funds such that LoNo Program funds are used to cover only the incremental cost of procuring the proposed transit bus model above that of a more conventional higher-emission transit bus. Additional information regarding the LoNo Program, including eligible projects/vehicles, cost sharing, project requirements, and application content information, is available at: www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_15782.html

Application for SCAG Region:

Interested, eligible Subrecipients in the SCAG Region (specifically in the UZAs identified above) must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on April 2, 2014. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each Subrecipients’ application to FTA.

Please find the following required materials related to the grant application, attached:

If applicable, the following additional information is recommended with application package in separate individual files (these files will be created by Subrecipients in their desired format/structure):

  • Attachment 3: Project Management Plan
  • Attachment 4: List of Project Team Members; by organization name, address and roles/responsibilities.
  • Attachment 5: Letter(s) of Commitment from each organizational member of the Project Team.
  • Attachment 6: Scalability Plan (If possible, FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses in order for FTA to allocate all available funding under the LoNo Program)

For the Applicant and Proposal Profile form, Section II (Project Information), include the name of one (1) primary Entity to Implement the Project. The SCAG Certification Form must be signed by a duly authorized representative of the Entity to Implement the Project (Subapplicant).*

Please send the grant application package, including the completed Applicant and Proposal Profile and signed SCAG Certification Form via email to: Alfonso Hernandez, Senior Grants Analyst at hernande@scag.ca.gov. Please also feel free to submit any questions and/or concerns. The direct line is (213) 236-1897.

* Note that Subapplicants for projects awarded by FTA may further be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding or other agreement with SCAG, prior to receiving program funding.

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As part of the Go Human campaign, SCAG and our partner agencies have planned a series of FREE bike safety workshops in Imperial, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties through the month of September. Learn proper helmet and bike fitting, the ABC Quick Check and Rules of the Road to build confidence and how to support safer and more enjoyable riding in your community. Participants will receive a Smart Cycling Quick Guide with tips and safety information. No bicycle is needed to participate and light refreshments will be served.

Go Human is a community outreach campaign with the goals of reducing traffic collisions in Southern California and encouraging people to walk and bike more. For more information on these and other events, please visit: http://gohumansocal.org/Pages/Calendar.aspx

On behalf of the Southern California Association of Governments and our partners, you are invited to the California Housing Summit, October 11, 2016 at the L.A. Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The summit, “The Cost of Not Housing,” will address the challenges of housing affordability across the state, and focus on resources for encouraging housing development in local communities.

The chronic shortage of housing, particularly affordable housing, throughout California poses a critical challenge to local, regional and statewide economies. The California Housing Summit will investigate opportunities for building more housing via state legislation and local policies and provide innovative tools for facilitating local housing development. The program will also include speakers who will address funding infrastructure to support housing and recommend how to convey to community members the health, economic and accessibility benefits of additional housing. SCAG is working with over 30 partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to engage with this pressing issue. Elected officials, planning professionals, developers, business and community leaders and housing advocates should attend.

Registration is now available. For more details, visit www.scag.ca.gov/housingsummit. For additional questions, contact Ma'Ayn Johnson at johnson@scag.ca.gov.

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

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