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A new technical study encourages transportation authorities in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties to explore a variety of options to improve transit between the two counties and commuter connections into and out of Ontario International Airport (ONT).


The Los Angeles and San Bernardino Inter-County Transit and Rail Connectivity Study was prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in coordination with LA Metro and the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA). One of the primary purposes of the study was to assess connectivity to ONT, which has experienced healthy growth since its return to local control in November 2016.


Since 2017, Ontario Airport has seen consistent double-digit growth in passenger volumes and with the additions of China Airlines, Frontier Airlines and JetBlue, is on track to handle 5 million passengers this year. Long term, SCAG has projected ONT’s demand at 11-19 million passengers per year.


In addition, both LA and San Bernardino counties are among the fastest growing in the United States, representing a significant portion of the 4 million additional residents SCAG projects for its six-county region over the next 25-30 years.


To accommodate that demand and improve access to ONT, several transit alternatives have been floated in recent years, including light rail, hybrid rail, commuter rail and express bus and bus rapid transit service (BRT). The connectivity study did not attempt to choose only one of those options, but concluded that each would help reduce congestion and merit further review by Metro and SBCTA.


Read the full press release here.




The Regional Council today approved up to $2.7 million in awards for the Future Communities Pilot Program, a SCAG-administered grant opportunity to support city and county agencies in implementing innovative pilot projects that use new technologies and enhanced data analytics to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) from local travel and municipal operations. The awards will go to the following jurisdictions:

  • City of Cerritos — $211,000
    Remote Services Enhancement Project
  • City of Glendale — $76,813
    Route Optimization & Fleet Telematics
  • City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation — $500,000
    Measuring VMT Reduction from Shared Mobility Services through Real-Time Data
  • City of Monrovia — $500,000
    Evaluate Alternative Strategies to Optimize the GoMonrovia Program
  • City of Anaheim — $197,000
    Smart Center City - Parking Guidance and Mobile App Integration
  • City of Riverside — $499,700
    Integrated Electronic Plans Solution
  • County of San Bernardino — $297,242
    Remote Electronic Warrants
  • City of Ontario — $418,200
    Smart City Rapid Validation Hub

Congratulations to all of the awardees!

Posted February 06, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-03 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on February 6, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on February 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 #19-03 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 February 15, 2019.

Keywords : FTIP

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is circulating a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to notify interested parties that SCAG, as the lead agency, plans to prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for Connect SoCal (2020–2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy). The NOP begins a 30-day public comment period from January 23, 2019 to February 22, 2019 to seek input from interested parties on the scope and content of the Connect SoCal PEIR.

To expedite the distribution process and reduce printing and postage costs, SCAG is primarily using electronic mail to notify interested parties, including responsible and trustee agencies, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), federal, state and local agencies, stakeholders and other interested agencies, organizations and individuals of the NOP.

SCAG will be hosting two (2) scoping meetings for the PEIR at SCAG’s Los Angeles office. Information for the scoping meeting is as follows:


Wednesday, February 13, 2019


3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


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


Policy Committee - A

A webcast and videoconferencing will be available for the scoping meetings. Due to limited spacing for some meeting locations, an optional RSVP link for the scoping meeting is available at:

A copy of the NOP, information on the scoping meetings, videoconferencing locations, and webcast address, are available at:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, SCAG is committed to providing special accommodations to those who are interested in participating in the scoping meetings. SCAG is also committed to helping those with limited proficiency in the English language by providing translation services at the workshop in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. We ask that you provide your request for special accommodations or translation services at least 72 hours prior to the scoping meetings so that SCAG has sufficient time to make arrangements. Please contact Mr. Roland Ok, Senior Regional Planner, at (213) 236-1819, to make a request.

SCAG is also updating and will continue to maintain an email distribution list for the PEIR. To be added to or removed from the distribution list, request hard copies of future CEQA notices, or request general assistance, please send an email to and provide your full name, telephone number, email and mailing addresses.

Keywords : regional transportation plan

Southern California continues to experience robust economic growth, but technology, shifting demographics and an unrelenting housing shortage are changing the way the region does business, a series of new economic reports shows.

The reports, prepared for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) by top economists, paint a generally positive picture of the region’s economy, with Los Angeles County, Orange County and the Inland Empire all reaching historic levels of business and job growth. Since 2012, the six counties comprising SCAG have seen their gross domestic product grow from $992 billion to $1.26 trillion – larger than the economies of entire nations such as Mexico, Indonesia and Turkey.

The reports will be formally released December 6 as part of the Ninth Annual Southern California Economic Summit at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The Summit, co‐sponsored by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council (SCLC), will feature wide‐ranging discussions on the region’s future, including its growing role in the innovation economy and the impact of emerging technology in the area of transportation. More than 400 business and elected leaders are expected to attend.


Read the full region-wide press release here.

County-specific press releases are also available:


Full county economic reports are available here:


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