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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (Draft 2015 FTIP) in compliance with the adopted 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2012-2035 RTP/SCS) and all federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and metropolitan planning regulations. SCAG has also prepared the Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS to reflect additions or changes to a number of critical transportation projects that are ready to move forward toward the implementation phase.

On June 5, 2014, the SCAG Transportation Committee approved release of the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS for a 30-day public review and comment period, which concludes on July 31, 2014. The Draft 2015 FTIP is comprised of transportation projects for the six-county SCAG region: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. The Draft 2015 FTIP consists of three (3) volumes: (I) Executive Summary, (II) Technical Appendix, and (III) Project Listing (consistent with the 2012 RTP/SCS). The Technical Appendix includes the federally required conformity analysis for the Draft 2015 FTIP. The Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS is comprised of transportation project changes for the same six-county region, and consists of a single document containing the changes.

Included in the public review and public hearings of the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS are the Federal Program of Projects for Fiscal Years 2015-2020 that are funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds for all urbanized areas in the SCAG six-county region. This public involvement opportunity meets the public involvement requirements for the Program of Projects. Subsequent to public involvement and adoption, the final 2015 FTIP will function as the final program for the region, unless amended, and a final notice is not published. The projects are listed by each respective county in Volume III of the Draft 2015 FTIP. The applicable urbanized areas are: Camarillo, El Centro–Calexico, Hemet, Indio–Cathedral City, Lancaster–Palmdale, Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim, Mission Viejo–Lake Forest–San Clemente, Murrieta–Temecula–Menifee, Oxnard, Riverside–San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Victorville–Hesperia, and Yuma AZ – CA* (*Imperial County Portion).

The Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS are available for public review on the SCAG website at www.scag.ca.gov/FTIP and www.scagrtp.net. Copies are also available for public review at SCAG’s Los Angeles office and regional offices (Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura). Copies of the Draft 2015 FTIP can also be found at public libraries throughout the region (library listing is available on the SCAG website). SCAG’s Regional Council as the agency’s governing board is tentatively scheduled to consider approval of the final 2015 FTIP and Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS on September 11, 2014.

SCAG will be holding two (2) public hearings regarding the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS on the following dates, times and locations:

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10 a.m.
SCAG Main Office
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3 p.m.
SCAG Main Office
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

One may also participate in the public hearings via video conference from SCAG’s regional offices. Please visit our website for the public hearing procedures and video conference locations at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2015/draft.aspx or http://scagrtp.net/

The purpose of the hearings is to receive public input and comments regarding the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS, which may be used to facilitate changes where appropriate. SCAG encourages the public and all interested parties to submit written comments and/or written information at the public hearings and no later than the close of the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on July 31, 2014 and may be submitted electronically to gutierre@scag.ca.gov, or by U.S. mail as follows:

Southern California Association of Governments
Attention: Pablo Gutierrez
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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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