Fresno County Issues Call for Regional ATP Projects

The Fresno Council of Governments (COG) has released its call for Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP) projects. 

The Fresno COG Regional ATP Call for Projects will begin on June 26, 2015 and close on August 7, 2015. The guidelines, application instructions, and full application are available here

ATP funds from the State of California provide an important funding source for active transportation and Safe Routes to School projects. Forty percent of ATP funds must be distributed to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in urban areas with populations greater than 200,000. An estimated $3.9 million will be available in this second cycle for the Fresno COG Regional Competitive ATP.

ATP requirements include a process to ensure that no less than 25 % of overall program funds shall benefit disadvantaged communities.  Regional ATP funds must be selected through a competitive process by MPOs in accordance with the state California Transportation Commission (CTC) guidelines. Projects selected by MPOs may be in either large urban, small urban or rural areas.

As discussed on our resources pages, projects that address Safe Routes to School, work with public health departments and include outreach to community members and community-based organizations have an improved chance of success!

Action Alert SB 564 (Cannella): Safer Schools, Increased Safety Improvements in Disadvantaged Communities

Take Action to Increase Safety in School Zones and Provide Safety Improvements Statewide and in Disadvantaged Communities!

Send letters of support to the Assembly Transportation Committee Chair for Senate Bill 564, which would bring a $35 fine for vehicle code violations committed in school zones (giving children the same protections as construction workers) and direct the additional revenue to school zone improvement projects through the state Active Transportation Program.

You can also testify at the hearing on the bill in the Assembly Transportation Committee on Monday, June 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the State Capitol, Room 4202.

One-third of all school students in california walk or bicycle to school, which is more than twice the national average. For most of these children, active transportation to and from school enhances their physical and mental health and academic readiness. Rates of walking and bicycling to school are even higher than average in lower-income communities of color, but unfortunately, risks of fatalities or serious injuries to these students are also higher due to substandard or lack of adequate infrastructure. Safe routes to school infrastructure projects, safety education and encouragement programs as well as enhanced enforcement efforts have a proven track record in california for increasing safety and public health for students and families.

The fine increase proposed by SB 564 provides protections to children walking and bicycling in schools zones that is similar to increased fines in construction zones to protect highway workers; school children deserve the same safety considerations.

Disadvantaged communities and rural communities will benefit from dedicating the increased fine to school zone transportation safety projects and programs through the Active Transportation Program. A minimum of 25% of Active Transportation Funds are required to benefit disadvantaged and low income communities, and 10% is targeted to rural communities. This will ensure that revenue generated through effective enforcement in school zones is invested back into safety improvements around schools statewide.

Last year the Governor vetoed identical legislation out of concern that the fines have a disproportionate impact on low-income communities. Please emphasize the important role this bill can play in improving the safety and health of school children in disadvantaged communities. We will keep you updated on developments.

A sample letter of support IS BELOW.

Also contact the members of the Assembly Transportation Committee here.

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Sample letter for SB 564 in Assembly Transportation Committee

Date

The Honorable Jim Frazier, Chair
Assembly Transportation Committee
P.O. Box 942849
Room 3091
Sacramento, CA 94249-0011

Re: SUPPORT – SB 564 (Cannella): School Zone Fines

Dear Chairman Frazier:

We are writing to support Senate Bill 564, which would bring a $35 fine for vehicle code violations committed in school zones (giving children the same protections as construction workers) and direct the additional revenue to school zone improvement projects through the state Active Transportation Program.

One-third of all school students in california walk or bicycle to school, which is more than twice the national average. For most of these children, active transportation to and from school enhances their physical and mental health and academic readiness. Rates of walking and bicycling to school are even higher than average in lower-income communities of color, but unfortunately, risks of fatalities or serious injuries to these students are also higher due to substandard or lack of adequate infrastructure. Safe routes to school infrastructure projects, safety education and encouragement programs as well as enhanced enforcement efforts have a proven track record in california for increasing safety and public health for students and families.

The fine increase proposed by SB 564 provides protections to children walking and bicycling in schools zones that are similar to increased fines in construction zones to protect highway workers; school children deserve the same safety considerations.

Disadvantaged communities and rural communities will benefit from dedicating the increased fine to school zone transportation safety projects and programs through the Active Transportation Program. A minimum of 25% of Active Transportation Funds are required to benefit disadvantaged and low income communities, and 10% is targeted to rural communities. This will ensure that revenue generated through effective enforcement in school zones is invested back into safety improvements around schools statewide.

We respectfully urge you to support SB 564.

Sincerely,

MTC Proposes Changes to Safe Routes to School Funding and Complete Streets Policy

MTC has proposed changes to their Safe Routes to School funding structure and Complete Streets requirement. The changes are part of a proposed One Bay Area Grant Cycle 2.

Safe Routes to School funding will remain at a regional total of $5 million a year for the 5 year cycle of OBAG2. This is the same amount as the prior SRTS cycles of $5 million each year. This amounts then to $25 million total.

Whereas in prior years SRTS money was doled out based on school population, MTC proposes to align the funding with the rest of the OBAG 2 funding, meaning the distribution is related to population and housing formulas. The chart below shows how the funding will change from the current cycle to the next:

County SRTS funding current cycle: % of $5 million per year What that comes to in dollars last cycle per year SRTS under new formula: % of $5 million per year What that will be in dollars, next cycle per year
Alameda 21% $1.05 million 20.8% $1.04 million
Contra Costa 16% $0.8 million 13.1% $0.66 million
Marin 3% $0.15 million 2.5% $0.13 million
Napa 2% $0.1 million 1.4% $0.07 million
San Francisco 7% $0.35 million 14.4% $0.72 Million
San Mateo 10% $0.5 million 8.6% $0.43 Million
Santa Clara 27% $1.35 million 28.7% $1.44 Million
Solano 6% $0.3 million 4.6% $0.23 Million
Sonoma 7% $0.35 million 5.9% $0.30 Million
100% $5  million  100% $5 million

Complete Streets policy change: Instead of requiring every jurisdiction to update their General Plan circulation element, MTC proposes requiring jurisdictions to pass their model policy resolution with its minimum criteria, or certify that the General Plan currently meets the Complete Streets Act criteria. What’s different from last cycle is that a jurisdiction can’t self-certify a General Plan if it hasn’t been updated since 2010. Jurisdictions with older circulation elements will either need to update them or pass the MTC resolution.

These changes will be discussed at workshops and committees through the year with the final vote at the MTC Commission meeting in November.

Support Active Transportation at Plan Bay Area Workshops

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The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will begin a public discussion about the region’s future growth at a series of public open houses being held in all nine Bay Area counties beginning April 29 and continuing through May 28.

Attend these meetings to ensure that Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets, and active transportation remain supported in the region!

When & Where:

Alameda County: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Alameda County Fairgrounds, Palm Pavilion, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton (Wheels will run extended bus service on route 53 between West Dublin/Pleasanton BART and the Fairgrounds. For transit directions, visit 511.org).

Contra Costa County: Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Walnut Creek Marriott, 2355 North Main Street, Walnut Creek

San Mateo County: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., San Mateo County Event Center, Event Pavilion, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo

Santa Clara County: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose

Napa County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Napa Elks Lodge, 2840 Soscol Avenue, Napa

Solano County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 2200 Gateway Court, Fairfield (Arriving by transit? Call (510) 817-5757 in advance of the open house for information about a taxi ride home).

Sonoma County: Thursday, May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friedman Center, 4676 Mayette Ave., Santa Rosa

San Francisco City & County: Wednesday, May 13, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market Street, San Francisco

Marin County: Thursday, May 28, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., TBD (exact location to be determined).

Santa Clara County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) community workshop!

Seeking Solutions to Advance Walking and Biking at Your School!

Join the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and national and local experts at a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) community workshop:

Thursday, April 16, 2015 9:00am – 12:30pm.

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126 (Cupertino A & B Conference Room).

RSVP by Thursday, April 9 to Kevin Chieng at kevin.chieng@phd.sccgov.org or (408) 793-3190.

Keynote Speaker: Stephanie Weber, Safe Routes to School National Partnership

During this workshop you will:

• Learn more about how to effectively create lasting Safe Routes to School programs

• Hear from city, school district, bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee, and engineering representatives

• Discover how law enforcement can take an active role in Safe Routes to School

See you there!

 

 

MTC Announces Regional ATP Cycle 2 Workshops

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced three Bay Area workshops to provide guidance on applying for the Regional Competitive Active Transportation Program (ATP) Cycle 2.

Information and a flyer 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.

Topics for the workshops will include:

  • Statewide vs. Regional Program Guidelines
  • Timeline, scoring criteria, and application overview
  • Best practices on gathering data and lessons learned from Cycle 1
  • On-site discussion and Q&A with MTC and Caltrans staff

These sessions are open to anyone but will be tailored to new applicants, applicants seeking assistance in preparing a competitive application, and agencies or organizations interested in partnering on an application.

LOCATIONS:

North Bay –

Wednesday, April 8, 2015; 1:00p – 3:00p

Napa County Transportation and Planning Agency

625 Burnell Street

Napa, CA 94559

Central Bay –

Tuesday, April 14, 2015; 1:00p – 3:00p

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

101-8th Street, 1st Floor, Auditorium

Oakland, CA 94607

South Bay –

Thursday, April 16, 2015; 1:00p – 3:00p

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

3331 N. First St., Auditorium

San Jose CA  95134-1927

Please register via email to Marcella Aranda at maranda@mtc.ca.gov, no later than Wednesday, April 1. Please be sure make the subject line of your RSVP email: “ATP CYCLE 2 WORKSHOP – (location)”. Space is limited for each of the locations so please refrain from submitting an RSVP for multiple locations.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Youth for the Environment and Sustainability (YES) Conference, Oakland

 

 

Saturday, February 7, 2015, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joseph P. Bort Metrocenter, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland (near the Lake Merritt BART station)STA_YESposter_FINAL_web_1031_11

Join students from around the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss transportation issues, learn how their decisions can impact climate change, and share ways of encouraging others to walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to school.

Free shuttles from the North Bay and the South Bay will be available for students without easy access to public transit.

Register to attend

 

 

California Transportation Choices Summit 2015: Year of Action

Be a part of the movement to create a greener, more equitable future in 2015: come to the California Transportation Choices Summit and Advocacy Day on April 27-28 in Sacramento. Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, TransForm and many others for a day of learning, connecting, and strategizing. Hear from inspiring keynote Manuel Pastor. Meet diverse leaders, planners, and community activists from around the state. Relax and plan with newfound allies at sunset along the Sacramento River. Register now. Sliding scale pricing and travel grants available; apply today.

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