April Southern CA Network Meeting

Please join us Thursday, April 10th via conference call from 10-11 am for our Safe Routes to School Southern California Network meeting.  All are welcome and invited to join. Please note, we hold these meetings every other month on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10-11 am.

This month’s special topic: Safe Routes to School Planning - Best Practices from Southern CA

Details: Thursday, April 10th from 10-11 am
Conference Call Number: 866-394-4146
Guest Code: 878934528#*4 mute/unmute
 

If you missed the call, you can view notes (here) and presentations linked below.
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California Transportation Commission – March 2014 Meeting

CTC_logoThe California Transportation Commission (CTC) was established in 1978 by Assembly Bill 402 out of a growing concern for a single, unified California transportation policy. The Commission replaced and assumed the responsibilities of four independent bodies: The California Highway Commission, the State Transportation Board, the State Aeronautics Board, and the California Toll Bridge Authority.

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership regularly attends the CTC board meetings, and will be attending the March 20th Board meeting in Santa Ana as the Commission approves the ATP guidelines and discusses the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  See the comment letter signed by organizations across the state on the STIP here.

Active Transportation Program: An Open Q&A Session with CTC/Caltrans

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Join April Nitsos, Caltrans Chief, Office of Active Transportation and Special Programs and Mitch Weiss, California Transportation Commission Deputy Director for an open Q&A session on the ATP Call for Projects.
Active Transportation Program: An Open Q&A Session with Caltrans
Thursday, March 27, 2014   |   10:00am – 11:30am PST
REGISTER TODAY!

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Did you miss anything? Inland Empire ATP and OPR Workshops

Thanks for attending the February 19th workshops in the Inland Empire on the Active Transportation Program (ATP) and Office of Research and Planning Environmental Goals and Policy Report (OPR EGPR). There were over 60 participants at the combined event and much fruitful conversations. Read more of this post

Developing Alternatives to Level of Service – SB 743

OPR_bannerGovernor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 743 (Steinberg, 2013), which creates a process to change the way that transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA. Specifically, SB 743 requires the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to amend the CEQA Guidelines to provide an alternative to LOS for evaluating transportation impacts. As California contemplates a broader, more sustainable metric to use for smarter urban planning, the stakeholders have been invited to weigh in on what the LOS replacement should look like, the National Partnership and over 10 partner organizations submitted our ideas this month, read our comment letter here. 

This policy change will have an impact on Congestion Management Plans (CMPs). We encourage our Los Angeles County partners to participate in Metro’s March 4th workshop on the potentially changing role of CMPs,  impact from SB 743 and other state policy. Metro is seeking input from business and environmental communities and local jurisdictions on the LA County CMP and will be reporting back to the Metro board on what they hear from stakeholders.  For more information on the March 4th meeting please click here.

Join the Bay Area Health in Transportation (BAHT) Collaborative on Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.!

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The next webinar of the Bay Area Health in Transportation (BAHT) Collaborative is coming up on Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m.!

We’ll discuss how SB 375 and Plan Bay Area are addressing climate change, health and equity.
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California Active Transportation Program—Preparing Successful Proposals and Effective Projects throughout Southern California

The Active Transportation Program makes $360 million in state funds available across the state for safe routes to school and active transportation infrastructure, planning, and education programs. The next opportunity to fund a Safe Routes to School or active transportation project is fast approaching! For our partners in the SCAG region, please RSVP today to attend a important grant preparation workshop to ensure your community submits a great project for this funding round.

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February Southern California Network Call – Safe Routes to School Funding Available

Please join us Thursday, February 13th via conference call from 10-11 am for our Safe Routes to School Southern California Network meeting.  All are welcome and invited to join. Please note, we hold these meetings monthly on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10-11 am.

This month’s special topic: Safe Routes to School Funding in the Active Transportation Program 

Details: Thursday, February 13th from 10-11 am
Conference Call Number: 866-394-4146
Guest Code: 878934528#*4 mute/unmute
 
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ATP hearings – TOMORROW in LA and Jan 29 in Sacramento

ATP Fact SheetDevelopment of the state Active Transportation Program is marching on with another updated draft of guidelines released late last week, and two hearings for public input on the guidelines tomorrow and next Wednesday, Jan 29. These hearings are a critical opportunity to provide comments on the guidelines before the final draft is sent to the Legislature for review in February.

Active Transportation Program Guidelines Hearings

South – Wednesday, January 22, 10am at L.A. Metro Board Room
One Gateway Plaza, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA
North – Wednesday, January 29, 2pm at Lincoln Plaza
400 P Street, Auditorium, 1st Floor, Sacramento, CA

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ATP Webinar Next Week: Improving project competitiveness through regional planning

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Efforts around the state aim to tackle the gap between schools and regional/county planning. Please join us as field experts share how to bridge that gap, making projects more competitive for multiple funding streams, including the Active Transportation Program. Hear progress from Southern California where San Diego Council of Governments is integrating SRTS planning.

Please join us for this special webinar that aims to make your SRTS project more competitive in the Active Transportation Program:

Improving project competitiveness through regional planning
January 23, 2014 | 10:00am – 11:15am PST      Register Today!

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