Sign on TODAY to increase ATP funding!

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California has a tremendous opportunity to achieve climate goals and create healthy active communities by fulfilling the promise to increase funding for the Active Transportation Program (ATP). Nearly $800 million in shovel-ready walking, bicycling and Safe Routes to School projects and programs were left unfunded in ATP Cycle 1. 

Sign on now in support of a larger, stronger and more effective ATP:

1. Increase the Active Transportation Program by $100 million.
2. Integrate and incentivize green infrastructure as well as access to parks and open space with active transportation projects to maximize climate and health benefits.
3. Ensure meaningful benefits to disadvantaged communities through ATP projects.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to sign on. Deadline is March 12, 2015.

New transit capital program funds safe routes to transit – call for projects open

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image courtesy of BART Office of District Architect

Last year the State established a new Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (TIRCP), funded through the Cap and Trade program.  Transit agencies are eligible to apply for small and large capital projects in support of increasing transit ridership and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One important eligible strategy is improving walking and bicycling conditions in the vicinity of transit stations to facilitate active transportation to transit.

A recent study from UC Berkeley revealed a significant increase in walking and bicycling to access transit and significant decrease in driving to transit following active transportation improvements around BART stations in the Bay Area – just the types of improvements we hope to see supported with TIRCP funding.

The California State Transportation Agency is currently accepting applications for TIRCP and will award nearly $125 million through competitive grants by summer 2015. Applications must be submitted electronically to tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov by April 10, 2015. Full details of the call for projects are available here.

All projects must demonstrate that they will achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and 25 percent of program funding must benefit disadvantaged communities. Grant recipients must also show benefits such as improved transit ridership, integration with other rail and transit systems, including high-speed rail, and improved rail safety.  Encourage your local transit agency to include pedestrian and bicycle improvements in their application for TIRCP funds!

Ask Caltrans to prioritize walk/bike in the Statewide Transportation Plan

ctp2040_logo_new_445x197During March, Caltrans will host seven public workshops plus a webinar this Thursday to gather public input on the draft California Transportation Plan (CTP) 2040. The CTP 2040 charts the course to addressing multi-modal travel needs across the state and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to meet climate goals by 2040.  Plan to attend the workshop in your region to reinforce the importance of walking and bicycling in the future transportation system – you can influence the content of the final plan and decisions on how California transportation dollars are invested.

More details on the plan are on the CTP 2040 website: www.californiatransportationplan2040.org

Webinar – Thursday, March 5, 2015, 2pm

To register, visit: http://www.californiatransportationplan2040.org

Sacramento: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 4pm–7pm

North Natomas Library 4660 Via Ingoglia, Sacramento

Redding: Thursday, March 12, 2015 4pm–7pm

City of Redding Community Room 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding

San Diego: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 4pm–7pm

Valencia Park/Malcom X Branch Library and Performing Arts Center 5148 Market Street, San Diego

Riverside: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 4pm-7pm

Riverside City College 4800 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside

Los Angeles: Thursday, March 19, 2015 4pm–7pm

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) 818 West 7th St, 12th floor, Los Angeles

Fresno: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 4pm–7pm

Fresno City College 1101 E. University Avenue, Fresno

Oakland: Thursday, March 26, 2015 4pm–7pm

Joseph P. Bort MetroCenter 101 Eighth Street, Oakland

ATP Grantwriting Assistance Available in LA

LA n SyncInvesting in Place and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) have partnered to help the Los Angeles region support competitive proposals for the California Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2, the state’s largest dedicated source of funding for safe routes to school and other walking and bicycling projects.

LA n Sync, Investing in Place and LACBC are coming together to make sure Los Angeles County submits competitive and innovative projects for this funding opportunity, with a special emphasis on disadvantaged communities. LA n Sync will provide grant writing and other technical assistance, help strategize and identify financial assistance (such as local match for projects), and make connections between potential applicants that would be more competitive as partners. Agencies seeking support from LA n Sync need to apply by March 18th.

Details on this exciting partnership and a link to the online application can be found at http://bit.ly/1aqv8lK.

The following entities are eligible for support:

  • Local, Regional, or State Agencies (i.e. cities, counties, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Planning Agencies, Natural Resource or Public Land Agencies, Public Health Departments
  • Transit Agencies
  • Public Schools or School Districts
  • Community-based organizations, if in partnership with one of the above eligible applicants

Please contact Eric Bruins at eric@la-bike.org or (213) 629-2142, ext. 127, or Jessica Meaney at jessica@investinginplace.org or (213) 210-8136 with any additional questions or applying for assistance from LA n Sync.

New Members Join the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Members of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) started a new four-year term this MTC Logoweek, and added three new members while renewing the terms of the remainder of the 21 commissioners.

The new members are newly elected Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who has assumed the slot on the Commission assigned to an appointee of the mayor of Oakland; Jason Baker, a councilmember from the city of Campbell who is representing the cities of Santa Clara County on the Commission; and Julie Pierce, a councilmember from the city of Clayton who is representing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) on MTC.

More information can be found here.

 

AHSC Grant Program technical assistance workshop update

Due to the level of interest in the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has created additional opportunities for potential applicants to learn about the process to apply for funds.

A recording of the Stockton workshop held on Tuesday, February 10, will be posted to the SGC website.

The Oakland workshop, which will be held this morning, Thursday, February 12 from 9:30 to 11:30 am will be live audiocast. To join via live audiocast the day of the workshop, please click here: http://www.mtc.ca.gov/meetings/schedule/. Please note that the Oakland workshop is currently at capacity for in-person attendance with a waiting list for entry. SGC will be implementing its two person per organization limit. The day of the workshop, the first two people who sign in will be allowed in.

Due to being at capacity in Oakland, we encourage attendees to consider joining via live audiocast or viewing the recording of the Stockton workshop.

HSIP funding webinar Feb 26

SRTSNP crosswalk familyCaltrans is hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 26 to help local agencies prepare for the upcoming Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) call for projects later this spring.  HSIP is a great potential source of funding for Safe Routes to School, walk, and bike projects, and approximately $150 million will be available this funding cycle. Non-infrastructure program elements are also eligible for HSIP in conjunction with infrastructure improvements.

The call for HSIP projects is planned for April 2015, and we encourage partners to attend this webinar and start preparing to apply early!  The webinar is co-organized with Federal Highways, UC Berkeley SafeTREC, and Nevada County.

When:  Thursday, February 26, 2015 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Webinar log in:  https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/cahsip/
Log in as ‘Guest’
Audio: 1‐888‐684‐8852, Access code: 3336319

More details can be found in this flyer and on the Caltrans HSIP website. We will keep you posted on information and dates on for the HSIP call for projects as it gets closer.

MTC Releases Regional ATP Cycle 2 Draft Guidelines

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) today released the staff recommendations for draft guidelines for the 2015 Cycle 2 Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP). MTC Logo

Forty percent of the state ATP funding will be awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. Twenty-five percent of funding is to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million. The amount for this year will be determined through the state budget process.

The draft guidelines build off of last years’. Changes include awarding additional points if the jurisdiction of a project sponsor has passed a Complete Streets policy, or if the project is consistent with countywide goals as determined by the Congestion Management Agency.

MTC’s regional ATP call for projects this year will match the state’s to avoid any confusion between the two processes. The call for projects will be March 26, with a due date of June 1, 2015.

The MTC Programming and Allocations Committee will review the draft guidelines at its Feb 11 meeting. The full Commission will then finalize the guidelines at its meeting on Feb 25.

 

Call for applications released for AHSC grant program

UCD West Village Family KAREN HIGGINS UC DAVISThe Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Strategic Growth Council on Friday announced the release of the 2014/15 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of approximately $120 million for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/ahsc/docs/AHSC-NOFA-013015.pdf.

AHSC grants are available for projects that integrate walking and bicycling improvements with affordable housing developments and transit connectivity, based on competitive criteria outlined in the program guidelines. Requirements for housing and transit project components vary based on the frequency of transit in the project vicinity and by the density of the community.  The primary criteria for project selection is reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Concept proposals for AHSC projects are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2015. Concept proposal application and instructions will be available on HCD’s website by close of business Monday, February 2, 2015. Questions may be directed to AHSC@hcd.ca.gov.

Technical assistance workshops for those interested in applying will be held around the state during the next two weeks. Click here for more details on the workshops and to register.

Technical assistance workshop locations:
SAN DIEGO Wednesday, February 4
SAN BERNARDINO Thursday, February 5
LOS ANGELES Friday, February 6
BAKERSFIELD Monday, February 9
STOCKTON Tuesday, February 10
OAKLAND Wednesday, February 11

ATP update – Cycle 2 coming soon!

atp-webBanner-600x300It’s that time again!  Get your Safe Routes to School, walking, and bicycling projects ready – the 2015 grant cycle of the Active Transportation Program is just two short months away.  The call for projects is scheduled for March 26, with an application deadline of May 31. According to Caltrans, another $360 million will be available in Cycle 2 for ATP projects.  

We previously blogged about concerns that the ATP funding was decreasing in the 2015-16 state budget relative to the last two years.  While the amount in the 2015-16 budget appropriation is lower than the original ATP funding amount by about $5 million, Caltrans and the State Transportation Agency have pledged that the funding amount that will be available for grants will stay level at $120 million per year.  We understand this is confusing (we are confused too!), and we are working to get more clarity on why the appropriation appears lower.  Stay tuned for more on our push to increase funding for the ATP…

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