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April 2014
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RC Report

Highlights from the Regional Council Meeting

April 3, 2014

ACTION – ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION GRANT UPDATE

The Regional Council today approved a competitive process for selecting projects to receive funding from the region’s dedicated share of the 2014 California Active Transportation Program (ATP), a new statewide grant program to promote walking and biking. Caltrans issued a Call for Projects for the new program on March 21 and is accepting applications through May 21. Grant recipients will be selected by the state (60% of funds) as well as regional MPOs (40% of funds). Caltrans will forward grant proposals from the SCAG region that were not awarded funding in the first statewide selection round for consideration in the Regional Program. All project applications must meet the state’s criteria and be submitted to Caltrans first. More information is available at: bit.ly/1ovGsCi.

INFORMATION – RC RECEIVES FEDERAL RAIL ADMINISTRATION UPDATE

Image: Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator, Federal Rail Administration poses with SCAG President Greg Pettis, 2nd VP Cheryl Viegas-Walker, 1st VP Carl Morehouse and Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata.

Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator, Federal Rail Administration poses with SCAG President Greg Pettis, 2nd VP Cheryl Viegas-Walker, 1st VP Carl Morehouse and Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata.

The Regional Council received an update today from Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Rail Administration. Ms. Hedlund brought greetings to the RC from President Obama and outlined the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal totaling $302 billion over four years and using a combination of highway trust fund revenues and corporate tax reform proceeds to pay for it. The proposal continues the Administration’s commitment to rail nationally and in California. The transportation fund includes $19 billion for rail and $5 billion over four years for improvements to passenger rail service. Ms. Hedlund also reported that rail is a big winner in the 2014 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant program, accounting for nearly 25% of all awards. She announced that TIGER grant applications are due April 25 and encouraged RC members to submit shovel-ready projects with substantial local matches to improve chances of obtaining a grant award. For more information visit www.dot.gov/tiger/apply.

ACTION – RC ADOPTS SCAG'S 2014 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN

The Regional Council adopted SCAG’s 2014 Public Participation Plan today. The plan, which guides the agency’s public involvement and outreach activities, is reviewed and evaluated regularly to ensure early and meaningful opportunities for people throughout the region to provide input on SCAG’s regional planning process. This year, SCAG updated the Public Participation Plan in preparation of the 2016 – 2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS). Read SCAG’s Public Participation Plan at bit.ly/1mNHs2.

News From the Executive Director

Additional News for the Month

ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS WITH LOCAL JURISDICTIONS

From December 2013 through March 2014, SCAG staff met with 77% of the region’s 197 local jurisdictions. Meetings with the remaining 23% of jurisdictions are being arranged with the help of our subregional partners. Second meetings will be available, as requested, during April and May. We look forward to continued collaboration with all local jurisdictions and stakeholders to ensure the success of the bottom-up input and review process for the development of the 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS. For more information, please contact Frank Wen at (213) 236-1854 or at wen@scag.ca.gov.

SCAG-SACRAMENTO LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION

On March 19, SCAG President Greg Pettis, 1st Vice President Carl Morehouse, 2nd Vice President Cheryl Viegas-Walker, Immediate Past President Glen Becerra, Past President Pam O’Connor and Regional Councilmembers Margaret Clark and Steve Neal joined regional business leaders from the Southern California Leadership Council at SCAG’s annual legislative reception at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento. Over 50 Legislators, Administration and Agency officials and senior staff attended the reception, including Assembly Speaker John Perez, California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly, numerous legislators and other high-level Administration and legislative senior staff.

MAY 1-2 REGIONAL CONFERENCE & GENERAL ASSEMBLY

SCAG staff is busy preparing an exciting and meaningful program for the 2014 Regional Conference & General Assembly, slated for May 1 – 2, at the Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Conference registration is complimentary for elected officials and city managers. In addition to the great networking opportunities with colleagues and sponsors, SCAG’s conference promises relevant and thought-provoking content with this year’s technology-based theme: Partnering for Prosperity: Technology’s Impact on Mobility and Opportunity. On Day 1, we’ll explore the use of technology in transportation, identify opportunities to bring education, technology and business together to improve economic opportunity, and hear how local jurisdictions are using public health and active transportation to meet critical needs in their communities. On Day 2, we’ll connect the dots, drawing on lessons learned throughout the conference and determine key strategies to be incorporated into SCAG’s 2016 – 2040 RTP/SCS. Register now at www.scag.ca.gov/ga2014.

SAVE THE DATE: SCAG REGIONAL CONFERENCE and GENERAL ASSEMBLY, May 1–2, 2014 at Renaissance Esmeralda Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Indian Wells, CA 92210, visit: www.scag.ca.gov/ga2014. Register Now

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    April

  • 8-11th California Association of Public Information Officials (CAPIO) Annual Conference
  • 15th Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee Meeting
  • 22-25th NAFTANEXT Summit
  • 26-30th American Planning Association National Planning Conference

    May

  • 1-2nd 2014 SCAG Regional Conference and General Assemby
  • 5-8th Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo
  • 14-15th CSAC 2014 Legislative Conference
  • 20th Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee Meeting
  • 26th Memorial Day Holiday - SCAG offices closed

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