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​A coalition of transportation agencies from across Southern California today issued a joint letter to Congressional leadership raising concerns that the current tax reform proposals pose a threat to Southern California’s transportation system, and consequently the health of the regional economy.

The letter cites several ways that the proposed legislation could negatively impact the transportation industry and is signed by the Southern California Association of Governments, Imperial County Transportation Commission, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metrolink, Orange County Transportation Authority, Riverside County Transportation Commission, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority, San Diego Association of Governments and Ventura County Transportation Commission.

Read the full press release here.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (Draft 2019 FTIP) in compliance with the adopted 2016- 2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016-2040 RTP/SCS) and all federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST ACT) and metropolitan planning regulations. SCAG has also prepared the Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016-2040 RTP/SCS to reflect additions or changes to a number of critical transportation projects that are ready to move forward toward the implementation phase.

On July 9, 2018, the SCAG Executive Administration Committee approved release of the Draft 2019 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS for a 30-day public review and comment period, which concludes on August 8, 2018. The Draft 2019 FTIP is comprised of transportation projects for the six-county SCAG region: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. The Draft 2019 FTIP consists of three (3) volumes: (I) Executive Summary, (II) Technical Appendix, and (III) Project Listing part A and part B (consistent with the 2016 RTP/SCS). The Technical Appendix includes the federally required conformity analysis for the Draft 2019 FTIP. The Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS is comprised of regionally significant transportation project changes for the same six-county region, and consists of a single document.

Included in the public review and public hearings of the Draft 2019 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS are the Federal Program of Projects for Fiscal Years 2018/2019- 2021/2022 that are funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 and 5339 funds for all urbanized areas in the SCAG six-county region. The applicable urbanized areas are: Camarillo, El Centro–Calexico, Hemet, Indio–Cathedral City, Lancaster–Palmdale, Los Angeles– Long Beach–Anaheim, Mission Viejo–Lake Forest–San Clemente, Murrieta–Temecula–Menifee, Oxnard, Riverside–San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Victorville– Hesperia, and Yuma AZ – CA* (*Imperial County Portion). This public notice of availability and associated public participation activities as well as the time established for public review and comments on the Draft 2019 FTIP will satisfy the public involvement requirements for the Program of Projects (POP) of the Section 5307 Program. Subsequent to public review, involvement and adoption, the final 2019 FTIP will function as the final program for the region, unless amended, and a final notice is not published. The projects are listed by each respective county in Volume III of the Draft 2019 FTIP.

The Draft 2019 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS are available for public review on the SCAG website at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/draft.aspx and http://scagrtpscs.net/Pages/Draft2016RTPSCSAmend03.aspx. Copies are also available for public review at SCAG’s main office in Los Angeles and its regional offices (Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura). Copies of the Draft 2019 FTIP can also be found at public libraries throughout the region (library listing is available on the SCAG website). SCAG’s Regional Council as the agency’s governing board is tentatively scheduled to consider approval of the final 2019 FTIP and Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS on September 6, 2018.

SCAG will be holding two (2) public hearings regarding the Draft 2019 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS on the following dates, times and locations:

(1) Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - SCAG Los Angeles Office 900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700 Los Angeles, CA 90017

To participate via web on July 17, the following is the audio conference details:

To join the meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/614311435
Conference Number: 1 (669) 900-6833
Meeting ID: 614 311 435

(2) Thursday, July 26, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - SCAG Los Angeles Office 900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700 Los Angeles, CA 90017

To participate via web on July 26, the following is the audio conference details:

To join the meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/811812784
Conference Number: 1 (669) 558-8656
Meeting ID: 811 812 784

One may also participate in the public hearings via their web browser or video conference. Please visit our website for the public hearing procedures, web browser instructions and video conference locations at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov.

The purpose of the hearings is to receive public input and comments regarding the Draft 2019 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 3 to the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS, which may be used to facilitate changes where appropriate. SCAG encourages the public and all interested parties to submit comments and/or information, verbal or written, at the public hearings by no later than the close of the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on August 8, 2018 and may be submitted electronically to gutierre@scag.ca.gov, or by U.S. mail as follows:

Southern California Association of Governments
Attention: Pablo Gutierrez
900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Keywords : FTIP

Walnut Park, Calif. – The County of Los Angeles and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to bike, walk, skate or roll to Camina en Walnut Park, a free street festival to be held on Saturday, June 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to allow residents and visitors to test out and provide feedback to the County on potential street improvements along Pacific Boulevard.

Camina en Walnut Park will bring together friends and neighbors to enjoy free family-friendly activities including a bike rodeo, bicycle repair station, local performers, giveaways, music, a County resource fair and more. The event will feature a multi-use walk and bike path and crosswalk enhancements on Pacific Boulevard. Residents and visitors can test these temporary street improvements that make walking and biking easier, safer and more enjoyable.

Read the full press release here.

​Major demographic trends, including new research findings on key patterns in generational housing choices, transportation demands and fertility rates, were the subject of discussion between some of the region’s top economists and demographic experts Monday at the University of Southern California.

The 29th annual Demographic Workshop, hosted by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, addressed the theme “Lasting Demographic Impacts after the Recovery,” sharing analysis and insight on the region’s shifting housing needs, transportation demands and economic revitalization in the wake of the Great Recession. 

Read the full press release here.

 

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