Advocates Raise Concerns About Possible Changes to MTC Complete Streets Requirement

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Advocates are weighing in to ensure any changes to MTC’s Complete Streets policy are made with adequate input from active transportation advocates. MTC’s Complete Streets policy is part of the One Bay Area Grant (OBAG). MTC requires jurisdictions to pass a resolution or certify that their General Plan complies with California’s Complete Streets Act in order to receive OBAG funds. Over ninety-percent of jurisdictions have complied with this policy.
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However, jurisdictions that passed a resolution must also update their General Plan by the end of January 2015. There have been discussions about MTC possibly delaying, changing, or eliminating this aspect of the requirement. Advocates have delivered a sign on letter with 12 signatories to MTC expressing our concern that any change to the requirement not be made until there has been considerable discussion and input from an array of walking, bicycling, Safe Routes to School, and active transportation stakeholders and advocates.

MTC Updates Policies Related to Active Transportation

MTC Updates Guidance on Countywide Transportation Plans (CTPs) 
MTC has released an update to its guidance to counties on how to update their Countywide Transportation Plans. Thanks to the hard work of active transportation and equity advocates, the guidance specifies that counties must MTC Logoaddress active transportation needs, Complete Streets, and Safe Routes to School in their plans, as well as conduct an equity analysis.
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MTC Finalizes Guidance on TDA-3 Requirements
MTC released a final guidance on complying with requirements to receive TDA-3 funds. This was the end of a long-standing campaign to keep in place a requirement that recipients of TDA-3 funds maintain a Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) or utilize an appropriate countywide committee. This process started with advocacy last year that included key MTC committee and commission votes.

Bay Area Regional ATP Awards Finalized

On November 12, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) list of awards for the 2014 Regional Competitive ActiMTC Logove Transportation Program (ATP). MTC approved funding 11 projects totaling $30.9 million in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and for the regional bicycle share program. The final description of projects can be found here.

Forty percent of the state ATP funding is being awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million. MTC received 127 applications requesting over $200 million.

MTC Finalizes Regional ATP Award Recommendations

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) this week finalized awards for the 2014 Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP).  MTC approved funding 11 projects totaling $30.9 million in the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and for the regional bicycle share program. This represents the addition of one project in Contra Costa County over the earlier MTC staff proposal. The final description of projects can be found here.

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Forty percent of the state ATP funding is being awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million. MTC received 127 applications requesting over $200 million.

This list still needs final approval from the California Transportation Commission (CTC), which will consider adopting the regional portion of ATP on November 12.

 

MTC Releases ATP Award Recommendations

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) late yesterday released the staff recommendations for the 2014 Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP). MTC Logo

Forty percent of the state ATP funding is being awarded by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in urban areas with populations more than 200,000. At least 25% required to benefit disadvantaged communities. MTC’s share of the ATP funding for 2014 was about $30 million.

MTC received 127 applications requesting over $200 million. MTC staff is recommending funding 10 projects totaling $30.7 million. The staff recommendations and staff report are available here.

The MTC Programming and Allocations Committee will review the recommendations at its September 10, 2014 meeting. The full Commission is set to consider the 2014 ATP at its meeting on September 24, 2014. The California Transportation Commission will consider adopting the Regional portion of ATP on November 12.

 

MTC Recruits for Vacancies on Advisory Body

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is recruiting interested Bay Area residents to fill three vacancies on its Policy Advisory Council.MTC Logo

Vacancies are for representatives of disabled and senior or low-income interests. Applicants representing senior or disabled interests must reside or work in Marin or Santa Clara counties. Applicants representing low-income interests must reside or work in San Mateo County.

The Policy Advisory Council  advises MTC on a range of dynamic topics, including regional planning efforts linking transportation, housing and land-use plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; public transit service productivity improvements; and the pursuit of new revenues to support a transportation system that better serves all Bay Area residents.

Applications for the three vacancies will be accepted through October 1, 2014. No specific educational background is needed for most seats – just a background in the specific application category, and an interest in transportation and how it affects residents in the nine Bay Area counties.

To apply for a vacant position or to learn more about the Policy Advisory Council, visit here.  

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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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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Bay Area Health in Transportation (BAHT) Upcoming Webinars on displacement, and Complete Streets

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Bay Area Health in Transportation (BAHT) webinars return this June and July to discuss displacement among low-income communities of color, and the Bay Area’s Complete Streets policies and active transportation funding.

On Friday, June 13 at 10 am, Dawn Phillips, Program Co-Director for  Causa Justa  will present the findings and policy recommendations from the new report, “ DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT: RESISTING GENTRIFICATION IN THE BAY AREA.” Written by Causa Justa :: Just Cause  with health impact research and data and policy analysis contributed by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), Place Matters Team, the report develops a comprehensive definition of displacement and recommends way to combat the displacement of low-income communities of color in the name of development. 
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On Wednesday, July 16 at 10am, Swati Pande, Research Associate, Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), UC Berkeley, will present on the findings of a project she conducted with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on evaluating Active Transportation funding and Complete Streets policies in the Bay Area. 

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Santa Rosa Family Bicycling Workshop – This Saturday 5/31

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition’s next Family Bicycling Workshop is this Saturday, May 31st in Santa Rosa.  The workshop is from 10am-12:30pm in the Municipal Service Center Parking Lot (55 Stony Point Rd).  logo-100

Pre-Registration is recommended.  More information and a link to the FREE registration can be found online here.   

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