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PLEASE NOTE (3/11/2014): Application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 5pm (PST).

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

Eligible Subrecipients

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.

Eligible Areas:

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.

Eligible Projects:

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 April 2, 2014. SCAG will review the applications on behalf of the region and submit each Subrecipients’ application to FTA.

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 hernande@scag.ca.gov. 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.

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​The SCAG Clean Cities program and the LAEDC e4 Mobility Alliance are co-hosting a forum on electric shared mobility in Southern California on August 10, aimed at electric vehicle manufacturers and other industry stakeholders. For those who cannot attend the meeting at SCAG’s office in downtown Los Angeles, videoconferencing will be available at several locations throughout the region.
 
August 10th
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
E4 Mobility Alliance August Meeting: Electric Drive Transit Buses 
 
Join SCAG and the e4 Mobility Alliance for an update on the progress of electric-drive buses in Southern California. At this half-day meeting, industry experts will provide a look ahead at the future of that market, identifying areas of opportunity and potential future challenges. Manufacturers of charging infrastructure will provide insights into their technologies and how they might work with electric buses. This meeting comes at a vital time for mobility innovation in Southern California, with the region becoming, in the words of e4 co-chair Jeff Joyner, “the Detroit of electric transportation.” This promises to be a dynamic and instructive event. 

To RSVP, click here
 

For any questions, please contact Alicia Walker at alicia.walker@laedc.org. Future classes on other exciting topics will be announced via email and on the SCAG Sustainability Program website.

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This summer, join, Go Human -- SCAG’s award-winning traffic safety and active transportation encouragement program -- as we will be hosting 15 bicycle rodeos and safety programming booths for kids in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Bike rodeos, or bicycle skills workshops for kids, provide opportunities to learn safety tips, build bicycling skills and increase kids’ confidence on a bike. League Certified Instructors will teach helmet fitting, ABC Quick Checks, how to cross the street safely, bike handling skills, yielding and more. Through games, like Find the Hazard and Spinner trivia, as well as bicycle courses, kids experience hands-on learning and education (with friendly support from safety costume characters). 

Go Human Bike Rodeos

  • 7/21 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Amigo Park (Parks After Dark) - 5700 Juarez Ave, Whittier CA 90606
  • 7/27 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): City Terrace Park (Parks After Dark) - 1126 N. Hazard Ave, LA, CA 90063
  • 8/3 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Roosevelt Park (Parks After Dark) - 7600 Graham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90001
  • 8/4 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Helen Keller Park (Parks After Dark) - 1045 W. 126th St. Los Angeles, CA 90044
  • 8/4 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.): Stephen Sorenson Park (Parks After Dark) - 16801 E. Avenue P, Lake LA, CA 93591

Go Human invites you and your family to attend any of these programming events. Arrive early to receive a free helmet (while supplies last). More dates and locations will be added soon. For more information, contact lippe-klein@scag.ca.gov

 

Keywords : active transportation

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on Monday applauded the state Legislature’s extension of California’s landmark cap‐and‐trade program, but said that significant work must be done to ensure regional funding equity. Assembly Bill 398 passed both houses with a two‐third supermajority, extending cap‐and‐trade another 10 years, to 2030. Legislators also passed Assembly Bill 617 to strengthen monitoring and regulation of air pollution.

“With the support of Democrats and Republicans, the Legislature reaffirmed California’s commitment to battling the impact of global climate change,” said Hasan Ikhrata, SCAG’s Executive Director. “The next step is to make sure cap‐and‐trade dollars are distributed equitably and with a sense of purpose. In this regard, Southern California can no longer be an afterthought. We represent half the state’s population but receive less than 30 percent of cap‐and‐trade funds. That undermines the very purpose of the program, and makes it impossible for us as a region to meet our greenhouse gas reduction targets.”

Since its launch in 2012, cap‐and‐trade has generated nearly $4.5 billion from the auctioning of unused carbon allowances from manufacturers and other regulated entities – money that is supposed to be allocated to programs and projects that improve air quality. However, of funds allocated so far, the six‐county SCAG region has received just 29.6 percent even though it represents 48.2 percent of the state’s population and is home to the most congested metropolitan area in the country.

View the full press release here.

Keywords : Air Quality

Southern California Association of Governments is now accepting applications for new planning and non-infrastructure proposals to receive funding from the Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP). The program received additional funding as a result of the adoption of Senate Bill 1 (SB1), providing a unique opportunity for agencies that were not awarded funds in preceding ATP cycles to implement capacity building projects or participate in the region’s successful Go Human campaign.

Deadline to apply is August 31, 2017. For guidelines, project examples and application forms please visit: http://sustain.scag.ca.gov

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