Publications & Reports

Overview
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2019 Federal Legislative Priorities

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SCAG maintains a Federal and State Legislative Program, which consists of the Regional Council’s positions on policies and legislative initiatives related to SCAG’s core planning and policy areas that need the leadership and support of Congress and the California State Legislature to resolve challenges facing the SCAG region. This report summarizes SCAG’s 2019 legislative priorities around the issues of transportation, air quality, freight/goods movement, housing, environmental impact, sustainability, and economic recovery and job creation.​

2019 Federal Legislative Priorities

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Mobility Go Zone & Pricing Feasibility Study

Mobility Go Zone & Pricing Feasibility Study

SCAG’s ”Mobility Go Zone Program Feasibility Study” takes a close look at how cordon pricing, and a “Go Zone” program, could be deployed to better manage traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions in Southern California. SCAG selected the Westside Los Angeles area for analysis as an initial proof-of-concept pilot location. This report shows that decongestion fees can have sizable impact in transportation mode choices and overall travel times by incentivizing motorists to travel at different times throughout the day. ​

Mobility Go Zone & Pricing Feasibility Study

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Strategic Plan

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In early 2018, SCAG adopted a new strategic plan to guide us as we work toward a brighter future for Southern California. Developing this new roadmap for the agency was an inclusive process that challenged and engaged staff, board members, and stakeholders across sectors. Using stakeholder surveys, focus groups and best‐practice analysis, the President’s Strategic Plan Committee and a cohort of SCAG staff developed an update designed to provide new and ambitious guidance for the agency. With fresh mission and vision statements, refined core agency values and a new set of goals and objectives, we have created a strategic path that prioritizes innovation, collaboration and solution-finding as we continue our work to improve the quality of life for all Southern Californians.​

Strategic Plan

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Industrial Warehousing Study

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region is home to approximately 34,000 warehouses with 1.17 billion square feet of warehouse building space, and undeveloped land that could accommodate an additional 338 million square feet of new warehouse building space. The Industrial Warehousing Study is an update from previous work, which evaluates how the region could accommodate future demand for warehouse space based on key supply chain trends. Study findings were used to formulate discussion points, which will engage policy-makers, logistics industry stakeholders, and public-sector agencies about how best to shape the region’s strategic vision and grow, while balancing economic and environmental objectives.

Full Study

Final Industrial Warehousing Report – Full Study

Appendices

TASK 2 – Inventory of Warehouse Facilities
TASK 3 – Assessment of Supply Chain Strategies and Implications for Future Development
TASK 3.2 – Freight Stakeholder Interview Report
TASK 4 – Understanding Facility Operations
TASK 5 – Developing a Policy Evaluation and Framework and Assessing the Implications

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SCAG Regional Express Lane Network – Regional Concept of Operations (Technical Report)

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The SCAG Regional Express Lane Network Regional Concept of Operations Technical Report is intended to describe how express lane facilities being implemented, planned, or proposed by the region’s county transportation commissions (CTCs) and/or California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) districts in the six-county SCAG region, referred to collectively as the regional express lane network, will operate from a user perspective and to set the framework for the design and operational characteristics of the express lane system. The report provides a blueprint for a regional express lane network that integrates individual express lane facilities into a regional system with consistent or compatible operating, design, and policy rules.

Download the SCAG Regional Express Lane Network - Regional Concept of Operations (Technical Report).

Further updates of this report are currently in process and should be published by winter 2021.

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Falling Transit Ridership: California and Southern California

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In the last ten years transit use in Southern California has fallen significantly. This report investigates that falling transit use. We define Southern California as the six counties that participate in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) – Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and Imperial. We examine patterns of transit service and patronage over time and across the region, and consider an array of explanations for falling transit use: declining transit service levels, eroding transit service quality, rising fares, falling fuel prices, the growth of Lyft and Uber, the migration of frequent transit users to outlying neighborhoods with less transit service, and rising vehicle ownership. While all of these factors probably play some role, we conclude that the most significant factor is increased motor vehicle access, particularly among low-income households that have traditionally supplied the region with its most frequent and reliable transit users.

Falling Transit Ridership: California and Southern California

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SCAG Future Communities Framework

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Big Data and the rapid proliferation of new technologies are poised to transform and disrupt traditional policy making and planning within our local communities and across the Southern California region as a whole. Through improvements in data collection, analysis, and technology applications, governments have the opportunity to be more efficient, innovative, and transparent. To ensure that public agencies and communities in Southern California not only keep up with the pace of innovation, but lead the nation, SCAG hosted an Open Data/Big Data – Smart and Connected SCAG Region Committee (Committee) from June to November of 2017. This report provides a summary of the Committee, its work and outcomes, including a set of policy recommendations, Future Communities Framework, and a short-term work plan, Future Communities Initiative, which will implement the framework.​

SCAG Future Communities Framework

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Transit System Performance Report FY2011-2012

Transit System Performance Report FY2011-2012

The FY2011-2012 Transit System Performance Report provides an assessment of the region’s large and complex public transportation system, including current performance and trends over the past two decades. The annual report was developed in response to anticipated federal rulemaking to address performance-based planning requirements in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), and also to establish performance baselines for the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Key findings from this report include the continued significance of fixed route bus service in the region, the growing importance of demand response transit to support regional mobility and slow growth in per capita transit trips over the last two decades.

Transit System Performance Report FY2011-2012

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Your Guide to SCAG 2013-2014

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Your Guide to SCAG is an overview of the nation’s largest Metropolitan Planning Organization and largest Council of Governments. It describes SCAG’s governing body, the Regional Council, the many important committees that make policy-making decisions for the agency, lists member jurisdictions and board members and highlights SCAG’s key initiatives and programs.

Your Guide to SCAG 2013-2014

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On the Move: Southern California Delivers the Goods (Executive Summary)

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On The Move represents a long-range comprehensive plan for the goods movement system in Southern California. The plan is designed to ensure that the region continues to play a vital role in the global supply chain while meeting regional economic goals, addressing critical mobility challenges, preserving the environment and contributing to community livability and quality of life goals. The plan is the final product of the SCAG’s Comprehensive Regional Goods Movement Plan and Implementation Strategy, a multi-year effort to collect data, conduct analyses and engage with regional, statewide and national stakeholders covering various aspects of the region’s goods movement system.

On the Move: Southern California Delivers the Goods (Executive Summary)

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Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

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The SCAG Southern California Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) Readiness Plan is an in-depth assessment and planning tool that allows planners to strategically develop the infrastructure necessary to support the region’s growing numbers of electric vehicles. The PEV Readiness Plan is comprised of 15 chapters, covering everything from the basics of PEV charging, to providing technical assistance to commercial property owners and adapting zoning/building codes to streamline the installation of PEV chargers. In addition to the plan, the associated Southern California PEV Atlas provides projections of PEV growth over time in each of the 15 subregions as well as predictions of PEV daytime travel to employment and retail destinations. This information gives planners a wealth of data to support building charging infrastructure where demand will be the greatest.

Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan