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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

Southern California has added more than 1 million jobs since the Great Recession bottomed out and is poised to continue its steady recovery in 2017, a series of new reports shows. The in-depth economic analyses cover each of the six counties represented by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization. The reports will be formally released on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Seventh Annual Southern California Economic Summit at the L.A. Hotel Downtown. The Summit, sponsored by SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council, will include discussions on improving the economic viability of local communities, attracting new businesses and industry clusters, and how our region can become a bigger force in the innovation economy. More than 400 business and elected leaders are expected to attend.

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The City of Cudahy and the Go Human campaign invite residents and visitors to walk, bike, skate or roll to Cudahy en Marcha, an active-streets festival on Saturday, Dec. 3, previewing various active transportation improvements planned for the city. Cudahy en Marcha transforms the city’s streets as places that are safer and more enjoyable to walk, bike, skate and roll. Residents and visitors will experience new safety features on Atlantic Avenue and Elizabeth Street, and celebrate the kick-off of the Lower L.A. River Revitalization Plan with a community bicycle ride and festival. Attendees can connect to this free street festival on foot, by bike, skateboard, scooter or transit. Featuring music, performances, live art, vendors, food trucks, prizes, crafts, skate demos, a bicycle rodeo, helmet giveaways and more, Cudahy en Marcha will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Activity hubs will be stationed at Atlantic Avenue near Santa Ana Street and at Clara Street Park off of Elizabeth Street. For more information, visit GoHumanSoCal.org/Events.

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to support a region‐wide public awareness campaign to prevent traffic‐related deaths and injuries among people who walk and bike. SCAG, through its successful Go Human active transportation safety and encouragement campaign, will use the funding as part of the region’s ongoing commitment to keep local roadways safe through both awareness and education. Southern California has some of the highest levels of pedestrian and bicycle injuries and fatalities in the state and across the country. In the six‐county SCAG region (Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura), bicycle fatalities represented 6 percent and pedestrian fatalities represented 29 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2013. That year, there were 6,985 bicycle and 6,362 pedestrian injuries, twice as many as compared to 2007. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat, and reverse, these alarming statistics, through a robust advertising and social marketing campaign. Funding for this California Office of Traffic Safety program is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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