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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 Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today urged Gov. Jerry Brown to sign Assembly Bill 2170, which guarantees freight-related funding to the six-county SCAG region and will help fortify America’s most vital trade corridor. The bill, adopted two weeks ago, uses the state’s Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) to allocate freight funds authorized under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. The FAST Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last December, is the first federal surface transportation authorization bill to prioritize freight funding. Passage of the Assembly bill comes weeks after Southern California was largely shut out of the first round of funding under a federal freight program included in the FAST Act. The Governor’s signature will ensure that the region receives a fair share of additional freight-dedicated dollars included in the Act by using the highly successful TCIF funding platform.

For more details, download the press release.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the schedule for the FY 2017-18 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program. Applications are due Friday, November 4, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Sustainability, Preservation, Mobility, Safety, Innovation, Economy, Health, and Equity. These Transportation Planning Grants are intended to support the multi-modal transportation system of the future, one that improves mobility and accessibility for all people, while helping to achieve Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375 implementation for the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-2018, Caltrans anticipates awarding approximately $9.3 million for the following two (2) categories under the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program:

Strategic Partnerships Grants - encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government coordination, and result in programmed system improvements that achieve the State’s overarching goals. Interested sub-recipients may also partner with their regional agencies for this grant.

Sustainable Communities Grants - funds transportation planning to identify and address mobility deficiencies in the multimodal transportation system, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts, and ultimately result in programmed system improvements, and achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Workshop locations via SCAG Regional Offices:

Ventura County Office: 950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, 93003, (805) 642-2800

San Bernardino Office: 1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, 92410, (909) 806-3556

Riverside Office: 3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, 92501, (951) 784-1513

Orange County Office: 600 S. Main Street, Suite 964, Orange, 92863, (714) 542-3687

Imperial County Office: 1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, 92243, (760) 353-7800

Coachella Valley: 73-710 Fred Waring Drive Suite 200, Palm Desert, CA 92260, (760) 346-1127

Please contact Karen Aceves at (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov if you are planning to attend.

For more information on the - what, when, where and how to apply for these grants please refer to the Transportation Planning webpage at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html.

If you have any questions regarding the grant process for the SCAG region, contact: Karen Aceves, (213) 236-1921 or aceves@scag.ca.gov

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) announced today that it is working with Dr. Lucy Jones and her Center for Science and Society to help the nearly 200 cities in the region address their known seismic vulnerabilities. The goal of SCAG’s Earthquake Preparedness Initiative is to protect the Southern California economy from the predictable disruption that will result from a large regional earthquake. The Initiative will include a series of regional seminars led by Dr. Jones for city leaders that will cover earthquake risks and effective approaches to developing consensus on actions, especially with regard to strengthening infrastructure and the built environment. Dr. Jones will also lead workshops to help cities develop unique policy approaches suited to each community.

For more details, download the press release.

Posted September 01, 2016

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #17-01 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Various, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on September 1, 2016 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2016.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2017/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.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2017 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #17-01 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 Maria I. Lopez at (213) 236-1806 no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 12, 2016.

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