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.   

Regional ATP – MTC Call for Projects for the Bay Area – Deadline to apply July 24, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

MTC is now accepting project applications for the Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP), with $30 million available for the SRTSNP Nor Cal logoBay Area. Project applications must be received by MTC no later than 4 PM on July 24, 2014.

The Regional ATP project application includes all documents and forms required for the Statewide ATP, as well as a supplemental regional application form and various other documents.

For the complete application material list, refer to the last page of the MTC ATP Guidelines, available at http://files.mtc.ca.gov/pdf/ATP/Ltr-MTC_ATP_Guidelines_CTC_Submit_2014-04-24a.pdf

For additional information on the Regional ATP call for projects, please visit http://www.mtc.ca.gov/funding/ATP/

 

San Francisco SRTS is hiring!

San Francisco Safe Routes to School is seeking two seasoned organizers to work with parents, children, youth and school staff in San Francisco schools to increase the number of families walking and biking to school.SF SRTS log

One employee will be employed at Walk SanFrancisco and the other at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

 

* Hours: Full-time position. Position will entail some work on early mornings, weeknights and weekends. Hours are flexible.

* Applications are due Friday, May 30, 2014.

For more information and how to apply, please go to:    http://sfsaferoutes.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/FamilyandSchoolsCoordinator2014_Job-Announcement-FINAL.pdf

 

 

New Report: Improving Modeling and Data Collection for Active Transportation

modelingThe Safe Routes to School National Partnership has released a new report, Improving Modeling and Data Collection for Active Transportation. This report details recommendations that cities, counties, MPO’s and the State of California could take to improve our understanding of the benefits of active transportation investments for health, congestion and greenhouse gas emissions.

Executive Summary

Improved quantification of the benefits of active transportation investments are becoming increasingly important as policy makers seek to expand investments in active transportation networks and understand the costs and benefits of these decisions. To ensure that future projects, funding allocations and policy decisions achieve goals related to mode shift, reduced vehicle miles traveled (VMT), cost effectiveness, greenhouse gas reductions and improved public health, it is vital that our current models accurately capture the benefits of active transportation investments.

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