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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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Yesterday SCAG’s Transportation Committee approved the release of the Draft 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS) Amendment #1 and Draft 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (2017 FTIP) Consistency Amendment #17-03 for public review and comment. The 30-day public review and comment period begins today, January 6, 2017, and ends on February 6, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Visit the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1 to download and review a PDF of the amendment document. The Draft 2017 FTIP Amendment #17-03 is also available online here. There are three ways to submit comments: Send your comments via email; mail us a letter; or attend our public hearing on January 18, 3:00 p.m. Additional information is available on the Draft Amendment #1 webpage.

At the SCAG Transportation Committee (TC) meeting Jan. 5, SCAG staff will request authorization to release the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1 (and the Draft 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment No. 17-03, including the Conformity Analysis) for review and comment. The requested 30-day public review period would start Jan. 6, 2017 and end on Feb. 6, 2017.

Last April, the Regional Council adopted the 2016 RTP/SCS as developed and recommended by the TC. In response to requests from several county transportation commissions (CTCs) to amend the 2016 RTP/SCS to reflect additions or changes to project scopes, costs, and/or schedules, over the past few months, SCAG staff has worked with the CTCs to develop an amendment to the 2016 RTP/SCS and a concurrent consistency amendment to the 2017 FTIP.

During the public review period, a public hearing will be held on Jan. 18, 2017 at SCAG’s Los Angeles office with video-conferencing availability from SCAG’s regional offices. The draft amendments will be posted on SCAG’s website and noticed via SCAG’s website, newsletters, social media, and meeting announcements. The public will be encouraged to provide comments at the public hearing and through formal written comments, submitted either by U.S. mail or by email (rtpscs@scag.ca.gov). Upon completion of the public review period, SCAG staff will provide responses to all comments and present a proposed final 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment No. 1 and 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment No. 17- 03 to the TC for a recommendation of its approval at the March 2, 2017 meeting and to the RC for its approval at the April 6, 2017 meeting. Visit http://scagrtpscs.net/ for updates on this project.

SCAG invites regional leaders to a discussion about bringing electric-vehicle charging infrastructure to homes and office spaces. Held in partnership with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), “EV Charging Stations and Multi-Family Housing: Overcoming the Obstacles” will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the SCAG offices in downtown Los Angeles. Sessions will also be offered via live video-conference at the SCAG regional offices.

Offering on-site charging at apartment buildings is a direct way for property owners and managers to attract and retain tenants who own electric cars, as well as visibly advertising a building’s or property management company’s environmental values. Offering EV charging equipment to building tenants will contribute to cleaner cars on the road and reduced emissions. City and state officials, as well as multi-family, retail, workplace, and hotel building managers are encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Alex Mena at mena@scag.ca.gov or register online.

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