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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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SCAG invites regional leaders to a discussion about bringing electric-vehicle charging infrastructure to homes and office spaces. Held in partnership with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), “EV Charging Stations and Multi-Family Housing: Overcoming the Obstacles” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SCAG offices in downtown Los Angeles. Sessions will also be offered via live video-conference at the SCAG regional offices.

Offering on-site charging at apartment buildings is a direct way for property owners and managers to attract and retain tenants who own electric cars, as well as visibly advertising a building’s or property management company’s environmental values. Offering EV charging equipment to building tenants will contribute to cleaner cars on the road and reduced emissions. City and state officials, as well as multi-family, retail, workplace, and hotel building managers are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Alex Mena at mena@scag.ca.gov or register online.

Southern California has added more than 1 million jobs since the Great Recession bottomed out and is poised to continue its steady recovery in 2017, a series of new reports shows. The in-depth economic analyses cover each of the six counties represented by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. The reports will be formally released on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Seventh Annual Southern California Economic Summit at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The Summit, sponsored by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council, will include discussions on improving the economic viability of local communities, attracting new businesses and industry clusters, and how our region can become a bigger force in the innovation economy. More than 400 business and elected leaders are expected to attend.

Read the Press Release.

The City of Cudahy and the Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to walk, bike, skate or roll to Cudahy en Marcha, an active-streets festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, previewing various active transportation improvements planned for the city. Cudahy en Marcha transforms the city’s streets as places that are safer and more enjoyable to walk, bike, skate and roll. Residents and visitors will experience new safety features on Atlantic Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and celebrate the kick-off of the Lower L.A. River Revitalization Plan with a community bicycle ride and festival. Attendees can connect to this free street festival on foot, by bike, skateboard, scooter or transit. Featuring music, performances, live art, vendors, food trucks, prizes, crafts, skate demos, a bicycle rodeo, helmet giveaways and more, Cudahy en Marcha will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activity hubs will be stationed at Atlantic Avenue near Santa Ana Street and at Clara Street Park off of Elizabeth Street. For more information, visit GoHumanSoCal.org/Events.

Read the Press Release.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to support a region‐wide public awareness campaign to prevent traffic‐related deaths and injuries among people who walk and bike. SCAG, through its successful Go Human active transportation safety and encouragement campaign, will use the funding as part of the region’s ongoing commitment to keep local roadways safe through both awareness and education. Southern California has some of the highest levels of pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities in the state and across the country. In the six‐county SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura), bicycle fatalities represented 6 percent and pedestrian fatalities represented 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2013. That year, there were 6,985 bicycle and 6,362 pedestrian injuries, twice as many as compared to 2007. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat, and reverse, these alarming statistics, through a robust advertising and social marketing campaign. Funding for this California Office of Traffic Safety program is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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