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The purpose of the Last-Mile Freight Delivery Study is to increase understanding of last-mile delivery issues for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and its member cities by examining the relationship between last-mile access conditions, the delivery of goods, and the role of last-mile delivery in the overall transportation system.

The study serves as a foundational approach and assesses the use of curb areas for deliveries, and the magnitude of other curb uses competing for curb space in the study area of the City of Los Angeles. It provides findings based on field data collection, analyses, and stakeholder discussions. Recommendations are included for blocks in case study areas, pilot project concepts, policy considerations, and a Toolbox of Strategies for cities throughout the SCAG region to utilize when faced with their own unique delivery challenges.

President Rex Richardson introduced his comprehensive work plan for 2020-2021, “Framework for Recovering and Reimagining a Resilient Region.” Intended to be a collaborative and inclusive process, the framework is focused on the implementation of Connect SoCal, promoting housing production, data and information services, and legislative efforts.

The public response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the subsequent national, state, county, and local mandatory stay-at-home orders has significantly impacted transportation demand globally, nationally, regionally, and locally. As the largest metropolitan planning organization in the nation, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is at the forefront of transportation planning and analysis. In order to facilitate regional planning and public awareness, SCAG prepared this document to highlight impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on transportation activities to date.

​This white paper provides an initial assessment of potential employment and taxable sales implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in the region as of the end of April, 2020. A discussion of data and information used in their development is also provided. The analysis assumes a low-point occurring around June 1, 2020 with a resumption of some economic activity thereafter, but a long, slow recovery extending through the end of 2021. Additionally, numerous assumptions are made about the decline and potential recovery trajectory in individual industry sectors. Future taxable sales in the SCAG region are compared to a baseline and assume a linear growth trajectory between June 2020 and December 2021. Employment and economic output are modeled separately using a structural economic forecasting model (REMI). Analyses of the pandemic’s impact at this stage are subject to an extremely high level of uncertainty; importantly this analysis does not assume a second wave of the pandemic or specifically model the impact of additional federal action. As the pandemic unfolds and additional data become available, these assumptions, modeling strategies, and outputs can be revised.

SCAG's Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategic Plan identifies TDM policies and programs that increase the efficiency of the transportation system, reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions through alternative modes of travel. The Plan helps guide short, medium and long-term initiatives, defines specific management strategies for the region's most congested corridors, and develops specific performance measures to evaluate the cost effectiveness and benefits of TDM strategies. The Plan was developed through a region-wide collaborative effort involving diverse stakeholders from the public, non-profit, and private sectors, and is an important element of Connect SoCal. SCAG is currently in the process of implementing several priority recommendations. For more information, contact Tom Bellino, bellino@scag.ca.gov, (213) 236-1830.

SCAG’s Bike Share in Los Angeles County Study examines the role of bike share in the Los Angeles regional transportation system. The results are intended to guide decision-making related to future system investments and new shared mobility programs in the region. This report shows that users are happy with what these systems offer and for the most part simply want more of it — more availability of bikes, more flexibility for trip times, more e-bikes, more geographic reach, and more integration with transit. Recommendations identified through this effort include investment in equitable access and the identification of new funding opportunities.

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