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Palm Desert, Calif. – Public education, planning and designing safer streets and closer collaboration with law enforcement pare keys to reducing a growing number of fatalities and serious injuries from traffic collisions throughout Southern California, experts said Wednesday.

Appearing at the Traffic Safety Leadership Symposium, sponsored by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), experts in planning, safety and urban design said more needs to be done to make roads safer for everyone who walks, bikes and rides.

Overall, more than 1,500 people die and 136,000 are injured in collisions in Southern California each year. Most of those collisions (71%) occur on local streets – not freeways.

The sheer size of the SCAG region – six counties, 191 cities and 19 million people – heightens the need for greater planning and coordination when it comes to safe roadways, experts said. Each day, 270 collisions occur on streets within the region.

Read the full press release here.

Palm Desert, Calif. – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Friday formally launched Connect SoCal, the agency’s 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy.

At its annual Regional Conference and General Assembly in Palm Desert, SCAG announced a series of public workshops across the six-county region beginning this month to engage residents and stakeholders in the planning and visioning process for the 25-year plan.

“Long-term planning is critical to shaping the future of Southern California – a region of 19 million people, and growing,” said Bill Jahn, a Big Bear Lake City Councilmember and President of SCAG. “Connect SoCal will be our most comprehensive region plan to date, but we need the public’s involvement. These workshops will provide insight into where our growth is occurring, and allow participants to provide input on how to keep the region moving in the right direction.”

The SCAG region is one of the fastest-growing population and economic centers in the United States, and is expected to add 4 million people over the next quarter-century.

Read the full press release here.

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-07 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on May 6, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-07 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact Pablo Gutierrez at (213) 236-1929 no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2019.

Posted May 01, 2019

The 2019 edition of SCAG’s biennial Local Profiles reports were officially released at the SCAG General Assembly on May 2, 2019. The Local Profiles, which have been produced by SCAG every two years since 2009, provide a wide range of demographic, economic, educational, transportation, housing, and public health data specific to each member jurisdiction in the SCAG region. The Local Profiles reports have served as an informational and communications resource for elected officials, local businesses, and community residents. The data contained in the reports may be used as a resource for local land use and economic planning and for grant application support. With each edition of the Local Profiles, SCAG strives to enhance the data contained within the reports to reflect current needs of our local jurisdictions.

Visit the Local Profiles page.

Palm Desert, Calif. – More than 500 leaders from throughout Southern California are gathering here for a three-day conference on topics ranging from innovative and emerging transportation technology to harnessing the enormous potential of the green economy to using big data to address local and regional challenges.

The 2019 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Regional Conference and General Assembly is bringing together experts in transportation, technology and economic development under the theme, “Beyond Boundaries.” The conference will explore what it means to truly connect a region of 191 cities, identify paths to strengthening leadership and community-building around traffic safety, and provide tangible strategies for harnessing new technologies.

“This is such an incredible time for our region – as the economic hub of California and the global leader in transportation planning and emerging technologies.  The decision makers and thought leaders we’re convening will have the opportunity to share ideas and help prepare us – as communities and as a region – for an even more promising future,” said Alan D. Wapner, an Ontario City Council member whose one-year term as President of SCAG ends this week. 

Read the full press release here.

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