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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

The California Transportation Commission (CTC), Southern California Association of Governments, and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce want to hear from the Los Angeles Basin residents about how they view current highway and road conditions, and proposals to stabilize funding for transportation-system repairs and maintenance.

These organizations are hosting a public forum at the California Department of Transportation-District 7 office on July 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to discuss and generate feedback on those issues.

Topics to be covered at the forum include the local, regional and state role in funding road projects and maintenance, the impacts and reasons for California’s and Southern California’s deteriorating transportation system, proposed short-term solutions to stabilize road repair and maintenance funding over the longer term.

CTC Commissioners Yvonne Burke and Fran Inman, CTC Executive Director Will Kempton, Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty, Southern California Association of Governments Regional Council Member and Transportation Committee Chair Hon. Alan D. Wapner, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Gary Toebben, Ventura County Transportation Commission Executive Director Darren Kettle, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority Interim Deputy Chief Executive Officer Stephanie Wiggins, Port of Long Beach Transportation Policy Manager Allison Yoh, and Port of Los Angeles Senior Director of Government Affairs David Libatique will speak at the event.

California Department of Transportation – District 7 is located at 101 S. Main Street, Los Angeles. More information is available at http://www.catc.ca.gov/.

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has released the schedule for the FY 2016-2017 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program and plans to release the Call for Applications on August 17, 2015.

The Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants are intended to strengthen the economy, promote equity, and protect the environment. The results of these grants should improve mobility and lead to the programming and implementation of transportation improvement projects. Along with a strong focus on transportation, these projects should also emphasize safety, jobs, housing, sustainable communities, and public participation.

For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-2017, Caltrans anticipates awarding approximately $9.8 million for the following two (2) categories under the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants Program:

Strategic Partnerships

Consistent with the intent of partnership planning, the Strategic Partnerships grant funds planning projects that encourage regional agencies to partner with Caltrans to identify and address statewide/interregional transportation deficiencies in the state highway system, strengthen government-to-government relationships, and result in programmed system improvements, all in an effort to achieve the Caltrans Mission and overarching objectives.

Who May Apply as Primary Recipients – Metropolitan Planning Organizations/Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (MPO/RTPAs); Sub-recipients – Transit Agencies, Universities, Community Colleges, Native American Tribal Governments, Cities and Counties, Community-Based Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, and Other Public Entities.

Estimated Budget – $1.5 Million, Federal Highway Administration – SPR, Part I

Local Match – 20% of the total project amount

Sustainable Communities

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

Who May Apply as Primary Recipients – MPO/RTPAs, Transit Agencies, Cities, Counties, and Native American Tribal Governments; Sub-recipients – Transit Agencies, Universities, Community Colleges, Native American Tribal Governments, Cities and Counties, Community-Based Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, and Other Public Entities.

Estimated Budget – $8.3 Million Total ($2.8 Million, Federal Transit Administration, Section 5304; $5.5 Million, State Highway Account)

Local Match – 11.47% of the total project amount

In collaboration with Caltrans, SCAG will be hosting a Regional Workshop on Thursday August 27, 2015 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Please see below for workshop location and contact information:

Southern California Association of Governments
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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

Workshop and presentation will be broadcast to SCAG/COG Regional Satellite Offices at:

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 906, 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

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 is in receipt of the 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #15-09 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period has been revised to accomodate comment received on June 30, 2015 from the United States Department of Transportation to add one project. The Public Review period will restart on July 1, 2015 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on July 10, 2015.

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 #15-09 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 July 10, 2015.

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