The purpose of the amendment is to allow for project sponsors to update regionally significant transportation projects currently in the Connect SoCal – 2020 RTP/SCS Project List. Since the Plan’s adoption, some of these projects have experienced changes that are time-sensitive. In addition, County Transportation Commissions (CTCs) have also identified new project priorities and projects that are no longer priorities.
On January 5, 2023, the Regional Council released the Draft Connect SoCal 2020 Amendment #3 and 2023 FTIP Consistency Amendment #23-03 for a 30-day public review and comment period from January 6, 2023, until 5:00 p.m., February 5, 2023. In addition, SCAG held one telephonic/videoconference public hearing on January 17, 2023.
Following the 30-day public comment period, SCAG staff continued to revise the draft amendments document based on public comments and provided updates to Caltrans, CTCs, and federal and State agencies at SCAG’s Transportation Conformity Working Group (TCWG).
After review of feedback, SCAG staff concluded that the revisions would be minor and technical in nature, and do not alter the draft amendment findings or conclusions, including the associated transportation conformity analysis and determination. Therefore, the revisions only serve to clarify, amplify, or make minor modifications, which do not require recirculation of the draft amendments.
As a precautionary measure, the revisions are shared here for another 15-day public review. The 15-day public review period also provides an opportunity for CTCs to program STBG/CMAQ funds to projects in the 2023 FTIP Consistency Amendment #23-03 and have those funds approved prior to June 30, 2023.
Written comments were accepted from April 26, 2023, until 5:00 p.m., May 11, 2023.
For next steps, SCAG staff plans to seek Regional Council approval of the proposed final Connect SoCal Amendment 3 and FTIP Consistency #23-03 in June 2023.