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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:

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 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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A public listening session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2018 to receive input on how to improve the transportation planning process within Southern California.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will conduct the 2018 certification review and evaluation of the Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) regional transportation planning process as carried out by SCAG and its partners. The FHWA and the FTA jointly conduct this process every four years and invites the public to comment on SCAG’s transportation planning process at the following public listening session:

April 3, 2018
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Southern California Association of Governments
900 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

People may also participate in the public listening session via videoconference from SCAG's regional offices, including:

  • SCAG Imperial County Office: 1405 North Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
  • SCAG Orange County Office: 600 South Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92868
  • SCAG Riverside County Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
  • SCAG San Bernardino Office: 1170 West 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
  • SCAG Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003

Register online at

Oral and written comments may be presented at the meeting. Written comments will be accepted by email and can be sent to, or by regular mail to:

Mr. Michael Morris
FHWA Cal-South Office
888 S. Figueroa, Suite 440
Los Angeles, CA 90017


Mr. Adam Stephenson
FTA Region IX LA Metro
888 S. Figueroa, Suite 440
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Written public comments will be accepted through Friday, April 27, 2018. For additional information about the SCAG federal certification process, or the April 3, 2018 public listening session, dial (213) 894-4014.

Posted February 21, 2018

We’re pleased to invite the public to review and comment on our new Draft 2018 Public Participation Plan, which guides SCAG's public outreach and engagement practices. SCAG's planning work serves a large and diverse region, and we rely on public participation as an essential component of our planning process – please share your input!


SCAG's Active Transportation Working and Public Health Working Groups provide opportunities for input on the implementation of the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), and in the early stages of development for the 2020 RTP/SCS.

Additionally, the working groups explore ways to collaborate on planning, funding and implementation of regional active transportation solutions and public health initiatives. (Working Group Website)

The working groups will meet on Feb. 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a webinar option available:

To join the meeting:
Conference Number: 1 669 900 6833 or 1 646 558 8656
Meeting ID: 504 251 5339

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