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Over the course of Connect SoCal’s four-year planning cycle, SCAG has benefited greatly from listening to the many needs and concerns of our stakeholders. This invaluable feedback and insight has created the foundation of a truly collaborative and comprehensive vision for the region.

In that same spirit, SCAG’s Regional Council has approved Connect SoCal for the limited purpose of federal transportation conformity, so that SCAG may submit the plan to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for review prior to the June 1, 2020, deadline, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. The Regional Council's action aims to ensure the continued flow of federal funding for our region’s infrastructure including the more than 4,000 projects in the plan, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity.

The Regional Council is anticipated to consider the approval of Connect SoCal in its entirety within 120 days and following additional engagement with stakeholders to consider the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the plan and its implementation.

WHAT'S NEXT

As mentioned above, SCAG will be considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and working to address recent comments received, including issues related to the incorporation of entitlements within Connect SoCal. SCAG staff will provide a progress report on these efforts within 60 days.

SCAG will continue to maintain an email distribution list for the Connect SoCal and PEIR and provide updates on how to stay involved through this process. To be added to or removed from the Connect SoCal or PEIR distribution lists, request hard copies of future CEQA notices, or request general assistance, please email ConnectSoCal@scag.ca.gov or 2020PEIR@scag.ca.gov and provide your full name, telephone number, email and mailing addresses.

Subsequent action by the Regional Council is anticipated to move the plan forward in its entirety, enabling SCAG to distribute Draft Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation as well as submit the plan to the California Air Resources Board to confirm the attainment of greenhouse gas reduction targets.

SCAG thanks you and the many stakeholders and partners that are helping to contribute to the development of Connect SoCal. Connect SoCal, its project list, 20 supporting technical reports and PEIR are all available for review on the Connect SoCal website​.

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The Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) funds infrastructure improvements on federally designated Trade Corridors of National and Regional Significance, on California’s portion of the National Highway Freight Network, and along other corridors that have a high volume of freight movement. The 2020 Program will provide three years of programming in fiscal years 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23, for an estimated total of $1.392 billion statewide. The funding target for the Los Angeles/Inland Empire regional corridor is an estimated $484.4 million. 

To apply, eligible agencies in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties must first complete and submit a nomination form to SCAG to verify consistency with Connect SoCal, the2020 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, and the regional freight plan. To expedite SCAG’s compilation and consistency verification, agencies should complete the nomination form as completely as possible and submit to SCAG staff member Scott Strelecki at strelecki@scag.ca.gov by June 19, 2020.

The nomination form will help validate basic project eligibility. SCAG will also use the information provided to create a cloud-based folder for uploading the electronic application (and any supporting materials). To meet the application submittal deadline, SCAG is requesting that a near final electronic copy of all applications be uploaded to the SCAG-created project specific cloud-based folder by 5:00 PM July 20, 2020.

Please note that all final applications should be submitted directly to the CTC (two hard bound copies and one electronic file) by 5:00 PM August 3, 2020. We also ask that you upload final electronic file applications to the SCAG-created project-specific cloud-based folder for our records.

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Take this short survey to share your input on the implications of Connect Socal considering the impacts of COVID-19. Your feedback will be used to update the Regional Council and inform how SCAG proceeds with implementing the long-range plan as well as other planning needs as identified through this process.

Take the survey here.

Building an inclusive and equitable recovery strategy that addresses the health, social and economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic tops Rex Richardson’s policy priorities as the newly installed President of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). 

“Our communities are facing a crisis on three fronts: a public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic crisis with unprecedented levels of unemployment, and a social justice emergency as a result of longstanding racial inequities. The communities we serve are looking to SCAG for innovative and forward-thinking leadership,” Richardson said. “This is a moment that demands we redefine what ‘resiliency’ means for local government. In the weeks and months ahead, we have a unique opportunity to fundamentally change systems and processes to be more inclusive, equitable, and effective.” 

Richardson, a Long Beach City Council member, was sworn in Thursday to lead the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization after serving as SCAG’s First Vice President this past year. At 36, he is the youngest person to hold the office of President in the agency’s 55-year history. SCAG represents 191 cities, six counties, and a population of more than 19 million. 

Read the full press release here.

Posted May 19, 2020

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-20 for Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. The Public Review period starts on May 19, 2020 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on May 28, 2020.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/proposed.aspx.

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 #19-20 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 28, 2020.

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