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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.

Keywords : Grants

​The impact of immigration policy changes, automation and artificial intelligence on Southern California’s workforce and economy will be dissected by some of the region’s top economists and demographic experts Monday at the University of Southern California.

“Volatile Demographics: How High & How Low” is the theme of the 28th annual Demographic Workshop, hosted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. The day-long event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

The conference will address the extraordinary volatility and uncertainty of the post-recession era, accentuated by economic and demographic shifts, as well as new policies of the Trump Administration. Concerns include the puzzling failure of fertility to rebound from its recession lows, as well as the uncertain course of immigration that had begun to rebound but now is being shifted by major policy changes.

All of that compounds an already complex economic and employment environment, in which artificial intelligence and automation are gradually making their way into many of the six-county Southern California region’s key industries.

Keywords : event program

Anaheim and Yorba Linda, Calif. – OC Parks, the City of Yorba Linda, the City of Anaheim and the Go Human campaign invite area residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Connect the Loop, an active-streets community event on Saturday, June 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., that will allow residents to preview street improvements coming to the area.

The improvements serve to close a critical gap in the OC Loop, a 66-mile network of comfortable trails around Orange County. The new project connects the El Cajon Trail with the Santa Ana River Trail, using innovative separated bikeway facilities along community streets.

At the event, residents and visitors will get to test out temporary street features that make walking and biking safer and more enjoyable, such as a two-way parking-protected bike lane and an improved shared-use path. Connect the Loop will bring friends and neighbors together to enjoy music, food trucks, entertainment, family-friendly activities, a free children’s bike rodeo, giveaways, and more. Those who provide feedback through the Go Human Challenge will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win bicycles.

Download the Press Release.

Keywords : active transportation

SCAG’s Go Human Campaign is the proud recient of the Federal Highway Administration’s 2017 Transportation Planning Excellence Award.  Co-sponsored by the American Planning Association, this biennial awards program recognizes and celebrates exemplary planning practices in communities across the country.  Go Human engages and activates local communities through partnerships, encouraging active transportation through safety messaging and demonstration projects.  The campaign continues its efforts with a recently relaunched advertising campaign focused on traffic safety during May, upcoming demonstration events in Orange County, with more to come. For more information visit www.gohumansocal.org. To see a full list of 2017 recipients visit https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/tpea/2017/index.cfm

Keywords : active transportation

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today launched “100 Hours,” a public engagement campaign to start a conversation about addressing Los Angeles’ world famous traffic problems with innovative solutions. The name “100 Hours” is derived from INRIX data showing that LA-area drivers now waste 104 hours every year stuck in traffic.

The campaign includes thought-provoking billboards overlooking Los Angeles roadways and freeways, quantifying 100 Hours in personal terms. Some billboards cover key surface streets on the Westside near the 405 Freeway where residents and commuters waste time in traffic traveling at speeds as slow as four miles per hour--walking speed-during peak periods. The 100 Hours discussion will focus on solutions for such traffic hot spots, complementing efforts to improve mass transit systems across the region.

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