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A public listening session is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5, 2014 to receive input on how to improve the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region’s transportation planning process.
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be conducting the certification review and evaluation of the region’s transportation planning process carried out by SCAG and its partners. Every four years the FHWA and FTA jointly conduct this review. As part of the review, the public is invited to comment on the transportation planning process at the following public meeting:
February 5, 2014
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Policy Committee Room B
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Oral and written comments may be presented at the meeting. Written comments may also be sent via e-mail to email@example.com, or by regular mail to:
Mr. Michael Morris
FHWA Cal-South Office
888 S. Figueroa, Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Mr. Ted Matley
FTA Region IX
201 Mission Street, Suite 1650
San Francisco, CA 94105
Public written comments will be accepted through Friday, February 21, 2014. For additional information about the SCAG federal certification process, or the February 5, 2014 public listening session, please dial 213-894-4014.
New! Video Conferencing Locations Added
1405 N. Imperial Ave., Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
T: (760) 353-7800
F: (760) 353-1877
600 S. Main St., Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
T: (714) 542-3687
F: (714) 560-5089
3403 10th St., Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
T: (951) 784-1513
F: (951) 784-3925
- San Bernardino
1170 W. 3rd St., Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
T: (909) 806-3556
F: (909) 806-3572
950 County Square Dr., Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003
T: (805) 642-2800
F: (805) 642-2260
The latest issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter covers several key actions by the Regional Council including the adoption of the agency's 2014 State & Federal Legislative Priorities. The Imperial Irrigation District gave a presentation on a new proposal to fund restoration of the Salton Sea through funds generated by new renewable energy projects. Plus, learn more about early registration pricing for the 2014 Regional Conference & General Assembly and opportunities to comment on SCAG's Draft 2014 Public Participation Plan.
PLEASE NOTE (3/4/2014): Application deadline has passed.
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is now accepting applications for the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Fiscal Year 2012-13 Low or No Emission Vehicle Deployment Program (LoNo Program). FTA plans to award a minimum of $24.9 million in funding to carry out the LoNo Program. The program is discretionary and FTA plans to award the funds by the following categories:
- $21.6 million is available for buses; and
- $3.3 million is available for supporting facilities and related equipment.
The main purpose of the LoNo Program is to deploy the cleanest and most energy efficient U.S.-made transit buses that have been largely proven in testing and demonstrations but are not yet widely deployed in transit fleets. The LoNo Program provides funding for capital acquisitions and leases of zero emission and low-emission transit buses, including acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities such as recharging, refueling, and maintenance facilities. The LoNo Program is a capital program focused on deploying new production vehicles that are market-ready or near market-ready. It is not a program for designing and developing prototypes. The program gives priority consideration to the deployment of buses with the lowest energy consumption and least harmful emissions, including direct carbon emissions.
Eligible Lead Applicants and Direct Recipients
Due to FTA requirements, the eligible Lead Applicants/Direct Recipients are limited to the following criteria:
- A recipient for an eligible area and designated, in accordance with the planning process under section 5303 and 5304, by a Governor of a State, responsible local officials, and publicly owned operators of public transportation, to receive and apportion amounts under section 5336 to urbanized areas of 200,000 or more in population; or
- A State, for an urbanized area in which an ‘‘eligible area’’ as defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) is located that also has a population under 200,000 individuals, as determined
Given this, for the SCAG Region, SCAG would be required to submit an application on behalf of the following large urbanized areas (UZAs):
- Indio / Cathedral City
- Los Angeles / Long Beach / Anaheim
- Riverside / San Bernardino
- Murrieta / Temecula
- Lancaster / Palmdale
- Santa Clarita
The eligible Subrecipients are limited to the following criteria:
- Public Transportation Providers
- A project team member identified in the proposal and deemed a ‘‘Key Party’’ by FTA, including consultants, manufacturers, vendors, systems integrators and facilities providers.
An eligible area is defined under section 5312(d)(5)(A)(i) as an area that is:
- Designated as a nonattainment area for ozone or carbon monoxide under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7407(d)); or
- A maintenance area, as defined in section 5303, for ozone or carbon monoxide.
The following projects are eligible for funding, in accordance with section 5312(d)(5)(A)(ii)::
- Acquiring or leasing a minimum of five (5) low or no emission transit buses (FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses);
- Constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment for low or no emission transit buses;
- Constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses; or,
- Rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low or no emission transit buses.
The LoNo Program strongly encourages proposals that leverage other funds such that LoNo Program funds are used to cover only the incremental cost of procuring the proposed transit bus model above that of a more conventional higher-emission transit bus. Additional information regarding the LoNo Program, including eligible projects/vehicles, cost sharing, project requirements, and application content information, is available at: www.fta.dot.gov/grants/13077_15782.html
Application for SCAG Region:
Interested, eligible Subrecipients in the SCAG Region (specifically in the UZAs identified above) must submit their applications to SCAG by 5:00 pm (PST) on March 3, 2014. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each Subrecipients’ application to FTA by the March 10, 2014 deadline.
Please find the following required materials related to the grant application, attached:
If applicable, the following additional information is recommended with application package in separate individual files (these files will be created by Subrecipients in their desired format/structure):
- Attachment 3: Project Management Plan
- Attachment 4: List of Project Team Members; by organization name, address and roles/responsibilities.
- Attachment 5: Letter(s) of Commitment from each organizational member of the Project Team.
- Attachment 6: Scalability Plan (If possible, FTA asks that proposals be scalable upwards in increments of 1 or 2 transit buses in order for FTA to allocate all available funding under the LoNo Program)
For the Applicant and Proposal Profile form, Section II (Project Information), include the name of one (1) primary Entity to Implement the Project. The SCAG Certification Form must be signed by a duly authorized representative of the Entity to Implement the Project (Subapplicant).*
Please send the grant application package, including the completed Applicant and Proposal Profile and signed SCAG Certification Form via email to: Alfonso Hernandez, Senior Grants Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also feel free to submit any questions and/or concerns. The direct line is (213) 236-1897.
* Note that Subapplicants for projects awarded by FTA may further be required to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding or other agreement with SCAG, prior to receiving program funding.
As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares to develop the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, the agency is updating its Public Participation Plan and invites your input.
Consistent with federal and state requirements, SCAG regularly reviews and evaluates its public participation and outreach activities to ensure that the public and interested parties are given early, meaningful and substantive opportunities to be involved in SCAG’s decision-making. To that end, SCAG released the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a mandatory 45–day public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014.
SCAG invites your review and comments on the draft plan.
READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.
HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON SCAG’S 2014 DRAFT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN:
SCAG provides a variety of ways for you to submit your comments on the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan. Choose the method most convenient for you:
- Complete the Public Participation Comment form at: www.scag.ca.gov/participate/Pages/PublicComment.aspx
- Email your comments to: email@example.com
- Fax your comments to: 213-236-1961 – ATTENTION: Media & Public Affairs
- Mail or drop off your written comments at any SCAG Office:
- Main Office
818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
- Imperial County Office:
1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
- Orange County Office
600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
- Riverside County Office
3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
- San Bernardino County Office
1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
- Ventura County Office
950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
At the conclusion of the comment period, staff will review, address and incorporate as appropriate all comments received into a final, draft Public Participation Plan that will be presented to SCAG’s Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee (LCMC) at its meeting on March 18, 2014. Upon approval by the LCMC, staff will present the 2014 Final Public Participation Plan to the SCAG Regional Council for adoption on April 3, 2014.
Questions? Please contact Angela Rushen Ross, Manager of Media & Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213-236-1809.
We value and appreciate your input!
The California Transportation Commission will be holding a public hearing on the Draft 2014 Active Transportation Program Guidelines on Wednesday, January 22, at 10:00 a.m. The public hearing will be held at:
L.A. Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor
Los Angeles, CA
The Draft 2014 Active Transportation Guidelines describe the policy, standards, criteria, and procedures for the development, adoption and management of the state Active Transportation Program, which was created by SB 99 and AB 101. For more information on the hearing and to download the draft guidelines, please the website of the California Transportation Commission.
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