Today is Your Last Chance to Weigh in on Guidelines for County Transportation Plans in the Bay Area

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is inviting public comment on the process for updating Guidelines for Countywide Transportation Plans (CTPs). These updated plans will serve as guidance to the Bay Area’s nine county Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) in the development of their CTPs.

The deadline for submitting comments is today!

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One more step for the Safer School Zones Bill, then it’s up to Governor Brown

IMG_2056It’s that time again!  Youth and families around the state are gearing up to head back to school, and worrying about how to get there safely.

All kids should be able to walk or bicycle to school without being put in harm’s way, which is why the National Partnership co-sponsored SB 1151 this year. SB 1151, the Safer School Zones Bill, will increase safety for school children statewide by increasing penalties for traffic violations in school zones by $35 and putting that additional revenue into the state Active Transportation Program specifically for Safe Routes to School improvements and programs.

The Legislature also headed back into session last week, and moved SB 1151 another critical step forward with a 17-0 vote in the Assembly Appropriations Committee.  In case you’re keeping track, Safer School Zones have so far received unanimous legislative support in every committee that has heard the bill. Only one vote remains – the full Assembly – before SB 1151 heads to Governor Brown’s desk for signature.

Despite the overwhelming support for Safer School Zones, Governor Brown is skeptical of fines – no matter how important an issue the fine may be addressing.  We need to convince him that SB 1151 is different and warrants his support! Providing children with a safe and active route to school is critical to the future of California, and SB 1151 is part of the solution.

TAKE ACTION! We need you to help by expressing your support for Safer School Zones in California…

  • Post to Twitter or Facebook right now with hashtag #SaferSchoolZones and @JerryBrownGov and tell Governor Brown why he needs to sign SB 1151.  Include a photo like the one of Sophia above telling us why Safer School Zones are so important in your community!
  • Send an email to Governor Brown today

Active transportation in SGC funding workshops this week

slide 1 snapshotYou’ve been hearing from us a lot lately about the Strategic Growth Council’s (SGC) new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. That’s because the AHSC will be a valuable new source of funding for walking and bicycling improvements, including Safe Routes to School projects and programs, and will award $130 million in program funds in 2015.  We encourage all our partners to provide input to the SGC as staff develops guidelines this fall, and to be thinking about competitive local projects to propose for funding next year.

This week, the SGC kicks off the guidelines development process with three public workshops to take input on the program guidelines:

Fresno Workshop– Tu, August 12, 2014  1-4pm Register HERE
Oakland Workshop– Th, August 14, 2014 1-4pm Register HERE
Los Angeles Workshop – Fr, August 15, 2014 9am-12pm Register HERE

Meeting materials for the workshops have been posted on the SGC website.

In case you aren’t able to participate in person at any of the workshops, the presentation portion of the Fresno Workshop will also be webcast:

WEBCAST – August 12, 2014. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

The National Partnership hosted a webinar last Friday to inform our local partners about key details that will provide the basis for the program guidelines and case studies from Transit-Oriented Development grants. We also shared some ideas for effective walking and bicycling project components to help generate ideas for priorities in the guidelines.

Access the full webinar presentation and key active transportation talking points for the SGC workshops this week.  We will be posting the webinar recording and answers to all the questions we received during the webinar later today.

 

ATP preliminary award list posted – $119 MILLION FOR SRTS!

The initial results for ATP Cycle 1 are in!  California Transportation Commission staff has just released the list of 145 projects that staff recommends for $221 million in Active Transportation Program funds through the Statewide and Small Urban/Rural program components. The list still must be adopted by the Commission at the August 20 CTC meeting in San Jose before awards are officially confirmed.

See the full staff recommendation for the Statewide and Small Urban/Rural Active Transportation Program Awards

Though we have to wait for final adoption and confirmation by the Commission on August 20, we’re excited to see that Safe Routes to School projects and programs and disadvantaged communities fared extremely well!  Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • 94 Safe Routes to School Projects are recommended for $119 million in ATP funding, including:
    • 81 projects ($100 million) in the Statewide funding pot and 13 projects ($19 million) in the Small Urban/Rural funding pot
    • 53 projects ($22 million) are (or include) non-infrastructure SRTS programs (47 Statewide, 6 Small Urban/Rural)
  • 110 projects  benefit or partially benefit disadvantaged communities, including:
    • $189 million in funds for disadvantaged communities ($160M Statewide, $29M Small Urban/Rural)

Including matching funds, an additional $207M in funding will support the 145 projects recommended for ATP awards.  In total, that adds up to $426 million for walking and bicycling projects and programs in the next two budget years.  Keep in mind that the large MPOs still have $147 million in ATP funds to award, and their lists are due by November.  If your project didn’t make the CTC list but is located in a large MPO region, it is still eligible to compete for an award this year.

This is exciting news for the future of walking and bicycling in the State of California!  We will hold our official congratulations to the agencies that are recommended to receive awards until the Commission adopts the final list on August 20, but great work by all the applicants, reviewers, and staff that devoted so much time and energy to the success of the first cycle of the Active Transportation Program.

Save the Date: Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative – August 28th Meeting

8.28.14Please save the Date!

Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative

  • Thursday August 28th 4:00 – 5:30pm
  • Hub LA 830 Traction Ave, 2nd Floor, LA 90013

RSVP – click here.  

Agenda – We are still developing the agenda but we plan to include:

  • Updates on Metro’s July Board Action to create a active transportation finance strategy
  • Metro’s Draft Complete Streets Policy
  • Other related updates – Metro Sales Tax conversations, our LA2050 proposal and more.

Directions to the meeting space at HubLA:

  • Transit: From the Gold Line Little Tokyo Station walk south on Alameda, turn east onto Traction Ave. (roughly ½ mile or 9 minutes), or approx a 1 mile walk from Union Station, about 20 minutes. Dash A also stops in front of the Hub.
  • Bike Parking: lock up on the railings near the entrance.
  • Parking: Street metered parking is available or you can park in the parking lot for the building. The parking rate in the lot is $2 for every 15 mins, max $15.

#LAGetsThere: A Regional Storytelling project about mobility in Los Angeles County

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This fall, LA2050 will award $1M– ten proposals will win $100k in grant funds–and we are excited to have an idea from the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative as one of them — “A Regional Storytelling project about mobility in Los Angeles County.”  See our full proposal here. Read more of this post

Metro Complete Streets Workshop: 8/19

Over the past year, Metro hMetro_logo.1as been developing a Draft Complete Streets Policy with a goal to “help advance state, regional and local efforts to create a more “complete” and integrated transportation network for all modes of travel in LA County.” Metro plans to share the Complete Streets Policy for its first public review a few days prior to the 8/19 workshop.


See Metro’s Draft Policy – August 2014 

Metro staff anticipate schedule for the policy review/adoption as follows:
– August 19:  Complete Streets Workshop #2 (Agenda)
– mid August to mid September:  draft policy comment period
– October:  Ad Hoc Sustainability Committee and Metro Board action

To register for Metro’s meeting please email CompleteStreets@metro.net and include your name, organization, job title, phone number, and email/mailing address. Or contact Silva Mardrussian at (213) 922-4425 or Janna Smith at (213) 922-4008.  See the pdf here.

For some background please see our Best Practices and Recommendations for Metro Countywide Complete Streets Policy and our video Supporting Complete Streets in Los Angeles County and notes from our January 8th 2014 meeting on a Metro Complete Streets Policy Vision.

SGC Announces AHSC Guidelines Input Workshops

AHSC Program TimelineThe California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) received $130 million this year in Cap-and-Trade funding to create a new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. The program guidelines will be developed quickly over the next several months, and active transportation will be a key component of the program in addition to affordable housing and transit-oriented development. Supporting health and equity co-benefits will also be critical priorities for AHSC grants.

The SGC  announced three workshops to receive public input that will inform the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Guidelines. Additionally, the National Partnership is hosting an informational webinar about the program on Friday, August 8. The webinar will include key staff from agencies involved in the program and will be a good primer for giving input in the SGC workshops. Learn more or register for the webinar.SGC guidelines invite

SRTSNP Intro Webinar – Fr, August 8, 2014 Register HERE (free, optional)
Fresno Workshop– Tu, August 12, 2014  Register HERE
Oakland Workshop– Th, August 14, 2014 Register HERE (only 50 seats left)
Los Angeles Workshop – Fr, August 15, 2014 Register HERE (only 26 seats left)

Space is limited and spots are already filling up, so please register asap. Agenda and all meeting materials will be posted prior to the meetings. (SGC will webcast and post a recording of one of the workshops on its website shortly after the meeting.)

 

WEBINAR: New Funding for Active Transportation

On Friday, August 8 from 1:00-2:00pm PST the Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s California Network is hosting a free webinar.

New Funding for Active Transportation:
The Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program  

REGISTER HERE

The state Strategic Growth Council received $130 million this year in Cap-and-Trade funding to create a new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. The program guidelines will be developed quickly over the next several months, and active transportation will be a key component of the program in addition to affordable housing and transit-oriented development. Supporting health and equity co-benefits will also be critical priorities for AHSC grants.

This webinar will describe key opportunities for active transportation in the new program. Top agency leaders who are integral in crafting the guidelines will outline the basics of the program, goals, project eligibility, agency roles, and the timeline for the guidelines process. Successful case studies of projects funded through the Transit Oriented Development and Infill Infrastructure Grant Program will be presented.

SPEAKERS:

Kate_White06-222x300Kate White
Deputy Secretary of Environmental Policy and Housing Coordination
California State Transportation Agency

 
 

susanriggsSusan Riggs
Deputy Secretary of Housing Policy
California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency

 

MeganKirkebyMegan Kirkeby
Sustainable Housing Policy Manager
California Housing Partnership Corporation

 
 

Jeanie Ward-Waller
California Advocacy Organizer
Safe Routes to School National Partnership

 

 

This free webinar is part of a series of monthly CA Network webinars on topics related to Safe Routes to School programs and funding in California.

To register for this free webinar, click on this link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3597213178985280001

Weigh in On Guidelines for County Transportation Plans in Bay Area

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The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is inviting public comment on the process for updating Guidelines for Countywide Transportation Plans (CTPs). These updated plans will serve as guidance to the Bay Area’s nine county Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) in the development of their CTPs.

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