Support safer school zones and more funding for SRTS – act now!

DSCF6863Senate Bill 1151 needs your support before April 22!

SB-1151 aims to increase safety for schools students in two important ways: 1. by improving driver behavior in school zones with higher penalties for speed limit violations, and 2. by dedicating the additional revenue generated by those higher penalties to school-based safety improvements through the Active Transportation Program.

This important bill comes at a critical time – dedicated Safe Routes to School project funding is only guaranteed for the first three years of the new Active Transportation Program. With the additional revenue that SB 1151 proposes to generate, the state would continue a dedicated source of funding for projects that prioritize the safety of students walking and bicycling to school.

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Riverside County Transportation Commission – Active Transportation Presentation & Workshop

April 9th RCTC - Call for Projects - Active Transportation ProgramPlease Join the Riverside County Transportation Commission’s Workshop on the Call for Projects Requirements for the Active Transportation Program (ATP):

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

at RCTC – 4080 Lemon Street, Third Floor, Conference Room A, Riverside, CA 92501

Please contact RCTC’s Tanya Love for more information: tlove@rctc.org

Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s ATP resources can be accessed here:  http://saferoutescalifornia.org/srts-atp-funding/

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.

LA Metro Releases ExpressLanes Net Toll Revenues Grants for Active Transportation

LA Metro ExpressLanes Tollway Grant 3 mile buffer mapIn October 2013, LA Metro dedicated 40% of the Toll Road Revenue to active transportation projects in their Toll Road Revenue Allocation Plan, which stakeholders and the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative supported and provided public comments, see blog post and again in  The application for these funds were released earlier this week under the ExpressLanes Net Toll Revenues Re-Investment Grant. Eligible projects will need to provide mobility/sustainability benefits for the I-10 or I-110 corridors.
The application package for the ExpressLanes Net Toll Revenues Re-Investment Grant is available for download: (1) Application, (2) Project Eligibility Guidelines, (3) 3-mile radius map of the I-10 and I-110 corridors.
Project applications are due by May 30, 2014. Please contact Steven Mateer at 213-922-2504, mateers@metro.net or Kathy McCune at 213-922-7241, mccune@metro.net with any questions.

Workshops for applying for these funds are coming up:

I-110 Corridor – Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Council District 8 Constituent Services Center – Community Room

8475 S. Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90044

I-10 Corridor -Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Metro Division 9 Transportation Building

Metro Service Council, 3rd Floor

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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

Grantwriting Assistance for ATP proposals in LA County!

LA n Sync, with assistance from the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative, endeavors to support up to five applications to the Active Transportation Program (ATP) from Los Angeles County with grant writing and other technical assistance to support the submission of competitive applications. Apply by March 18th March 21st to be considered for this great opportunity!

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Imagining Measure R 2 and Thriving Los Angeles County Communities

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Move LA’s annual transportation conference is fast approaching! Consider joining this important conversation on: Imagining Measure R 2 and Thriving LA County Communities, on Friday, March 28th at the Center at Cathedral Plaza in Downtown LA from 8:30 am until about 4:00 pm. RSVP here

Move LA has lined up an exciting program with topics such as “Where we are and where we are going in LA County”, “New transit enhancement opportunities”, “Clean goods movement”, “Great Streets” and “Creating a thriving LA County Communities toolbox”  as well as presentations on ‘Just Growth’ and city-building from other successful cities. Hope to see you there!

Responding to Los Angeles County Metro’s Active Transportation Program (ATP) proposal

Partners testify at February Metro Board meeting on funding for Active Transportation

Partners testify at February Metro Board meeting on funding for Active Transportation

At the February Metro Board Meeting, Metro directors were presented with a staff recommendation regarding the State’s Active Transportation Program (ATP).  Over the past two years, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) and Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) have engaged partners from around Los Angeles County to discuss the current policy and finance landscape for active transportation in the region and come together as a Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative. From public agency staff, elected officials, community-based organizations and other partners, we have consistently heard that the lack of supportive policy, the lack of local revenue and the lack of a regional finance strategy are all barriers to greater investment in walking and bicycling, despite overwhelming need in our communities.  We were concerned that these issues were not being addressed in the Metro staff proposal for the ATP and developed a comment letter that outline ideas and suggestions for change.   At the heart of the work of the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative is to support increased investments to active transportation in LA County – so this issue is a key one for our goals. Read more of this post

Caltrans Announces Active Transportation Program (ATP) District Trainings Schedule

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is conducting District Training on the Active Transportation Program (ATP).

The purpose of this training is to assist potential ATP applicants, partners, and district staff to achieve efficient, effective, and timely delivery of ATP applications in accordance with state and federal requirements. For questions on the program, please contact Teresa McWilliam and for registration, training location , please contact your District Contact Person listed in this schedule. Read more of this post

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