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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

Posted September 19, 2014

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-01 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura,and Various Counties. The Public Review period starts on September 19, 2014 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2014.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2015/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 2015 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #15-01 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 29, 2014.

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As the city and county consider water management in transportation funding measures, Transportation and Heavy Industry in an Era of Low Impact Development will investigate how the transportation and goods movement industries deal with their challenges to sustainability, and how they are approaching water management in their major projects.

On September 30, join leading players in those industries to discuss green infrastructure, land use, stormwater quality compliance, and the nexus of environmental and economic health.

Speakers

  • Jonathan Bishop, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Honorable Joe Buscaino, Los Angeles City Council invited
  • Robert Freeman, Los Angeles World Airports
  • Sarah Jepson, Southern California Association of Governments
  • Sam Pedroza, Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority
  • James Vernon, Port of Long Beach
  • CalTrans
  • Katherine Lemmon, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • High Speed Rail Authority invited

and more to come!

When: Tuesday, September 30 8:30am-12:30pm
Where: The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

​This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the approval of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Plan, a budget amendment to fund $2.2 million in Sustainability grant projects​ and a recap of the Fifty Years Into the War on Poverty Summit.

On September 18, 2014, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will host a California Air Resources Board (ARB) public workshop to seek public input on the regional passenger vehicle greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (SB 375 targets) for Metropolitan Planning Organizations. This is one of four workshops being held throughout the State. ARB staff has released a Preliminary Draft Staff Report on the SB 375 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Target Update Process, posted at www.arb.ca.gov that identifies issues to be considered. At the workshops, ARB staff will present background information on the target update process, and will seek public input on the issues outlined in the preliminary draft staff report. ARB staff will consider all input received at these workshops before preparing a revised staff report with recommendations for target updates. The revised staff report and recommendations will be presented to the Board at a public meeting in October 2014.  The workshop will be held in Policy Committee Conference Room A at SCAG’s headquarters, 818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. The complete schedule of workshops is listed below.

Statewide Workshop Locations

September 9, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Governing Board Room
1990 East Gettysburg Ave, Fresno, CA 93726

September 11, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Conference Room GB
21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

September 17, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

California Environmental Protection Agency
Coastal Hearing Room - 2nd Floor
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
This workshop will be webcast, available at:
http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BD0=1

September 18, 2014
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Southern California Association of Governments
Policy Committee Conference Room A
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

All workshops will follow the same format and presentation, and the draft workshop agenda is available at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/sb375/meetings/target_update_workshop_agenda.pdf

Keywords : GHG
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