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LOS ANGELES – Several hundred regional leaders, planners and economic experts will gather in Los Angeles on Monday to discuss that alarming trend and what is being done in the areas of education, training, job growth and state policies to address the “new normal.”

View the press release here.

Posted May 04, 2016

See the six-county SCAG region at-a-glance, featuring transit statistics and demographic projections, in the new SCAG Pocket Guide.

Download the Pocket Guide.

On April 19, 2016, the Federal Transit Administration announced the grant awards for the Low and No-Emission Vehicle Deployment Program, known as Low-No. Seven transit providers in five states will receive a share of $22.5 million toward transit buses and related facilities that utilize battery-electric, fuel cell, and other innovative technologies to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve operating efficiency. With SCAG as the Lead Applicant, Foothill Transit and the Los Angeles County Transportation Metropolitan Authority (Metro) have been selected for awards. A total of $5,585,000 will be awarded for the SCAG region, which is the largest amount awarded to the SCAG region for the second consecutive cycle in a row and over 25% of the total national funding amount. Please find details of the awarded projects below along with a link for the full list below.

  • Metro - The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will receive $4,275,000 toward five battery-electric zero-emission buses, as well as eight charging stations. This electric bus infrastructure will serve the Metro Orange Line bus rapid transit corridor in the City of Los Angeles. LACMTA will also partner with the Southern California Regional Transit Training Consortium to include workforce development in support of zero-emission technology.
  • Foothill Transit - Foothill Transit will receive $1,310,000 toward electric charging facilities that will support the agency's ongoing electric bus program, which includes an electric-only bus line. This program will help expand Foothill Transit's electric bus capabilities.

The program is a highly competitive national grant program that receives numerous proposal requests that go far beyond the available amount of funding. The program focuses on commercializing the cleanest and most energy-efficient U.S.-made transit buses to help reduce emissions such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. The FAST Act also made the Low-No program, previously funded and managed under FTA’s research programs, a subset of the larger competitive Section 5339 bus program. Interested parties currently have the opportunity to apply for $55 million in FY2016 Low-No funding, for which the application period closes on May 13, 2016.

Click to view FY15 LoNo Selected Projects

Click to view Press Release

On Thursday, April 7, the governing body of the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) formally adopted its 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/SCS), a long-range visioning plan that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals for the six-county region over the next quarter century. For more details, read the press release.

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