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.

 

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.

 

MTC Votes to Support Safe Routes to School, Complete Streets

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Last Wednesdsay, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) voted to fully fund the Regional Safe Routes to School (RSTS) program for a fifth year, and also reiterated a committment to advancing Complete Streets.
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Responding to a shortfall in federal funds, MTC staff and the Programming and Allocations Committee had proposed extending the RSRTS program by one year, but at half the funding ($2.7 million as opposed to the current yearly allocation of $5 million). Advocates weighed in that the RSTS is vital to support the health, safety, and education of children, and that the effective cut would result in potential program layoffs and schools being cut from the program. Commissioners at the meeting spoke up in agreement with these concerns, and added that the RSTS helps MTC meet its adopted health, safety, and climate change goals.
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In the end, commissioners voted unanimously to direct MTC staff to make up the $2.3 million shortfall and present options for doing so to the commission within six months as part of a broader discussion of the next cycle of RSTS and One Bay Area Grant funding.
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Another aspect of the vote maintains the Complete Streets requirement in OBAG, but delays by one year a requirement that General Plan circulation elements be updated. 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 were to also update their General Plan by the end of January 2015. Last Wednesday’s vote maintains this requirement but delays it by one year. Advocates delivered a sign on letter with 12 signatories to MTC expressing concern that the requirement not be dropped, and instead engage a conversation with  walking, bicycling, Safe Routes to School, and active transportation stakeholders and advocates to determine the best next steps.

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.

$9.8 Million Available through Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants

Caltrans has released the Call for Applications for the 2015-2016 Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants. $9.8 million is available to regional and local government agencies through two programs—the Strategic Partnerships grants and the Sustainable Communities grants.

The Strategic Partnerships grants fund planning projects that address statewide/interregional deficiencies in the state highway system and strengthen government-to-government relationships. Example project types include corricaltrans logodor studies, studies for relinquishment of state routes, transportation demand management plans, and system investment prioritization plans.

The Sustainable Communities grants fund planning projects that address multimodal transportation deficiencies, encourage stakeholder collaboration, involve active public engagement, and integrate Smart Mobility 2010 concepts. Example project types include Safe Routes to School plans, complete street plans, bicycle and pedestrian safety enhancement plans, health equity transportation studies, and studies that evaluate accessibility and connectivity of the multimodal transportation network.

Applications are due October 31st!

We encourage communities to apply for these grants as they are excellent opportunities to move your multimodal transportation initiatives forward. The National Partnership is available to support your efforts to work with Caltrans to create a balanced, comprehensive multimodal transportation system by providing feedback on your application or through a formal partnership as a sub-applicant. Please contact Michelle Lieberman, Technical Assistance Project Manager, at michelle@saferoutespartnership.org to discuss ways in which we can support your efforts.

Visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html for more information about the grants and to download application materials.

 

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.

 

Vote for #LAGetsThere for the LA2050 Challenge

LA2050_LATCVote today!

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, Multicultural Communities for Mobility, Advancement Project, Team Friday, Learn Do Share LA, HubLA (and more!) are all partnering through the Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative to compete for a LA2050 grant that will change the narrative about mobility in LA County and lift up the voices of people who walk, ride a bike and take transit.

If awarded, the project will highlight how people across Los Angeles County are currently traveling and support a shared vision of not only regional success for mobility, but also empathy and compassion for travel needs of all users — all ages, abilities and income levels. These stories can reframe the narrative on mobility in LA by Angelenos themselves, from their own experiences and hopes. By infusing important transportation policy conversations with real experiences from people throughout the region, particularly in traditionally underserved communities like Central, South and East LA, the Gateway Cities and San Gabriel Valley, we hope to unite diverse perspectives around common themes and galvanize support for a transportation system that improves safety and independence for all.

Learn more about the project and vote here!  Voting is open now through September 16th at 12 p.m.

 

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.

 

LA Metro to hold ATP Cycle 1 Awardee Workshop – getting your funds underway!

Metro_logo.1Los Angeles County Metro will be hosting a workshop for successful ATP applicants to highlight key California Transportation Commission (CTC) and Caltrans processes such as state allocation and federal authorization for their awarded projects on October 9th, 9am – noon at Metro Headquarters.

Attend this workshop and learn about key processes and resources to ensure  ATP cycle 1 funds get programmed and underway this fall.  Please email questions that you may want addressed at the forthcoming workshop to Erina Hong (honge@metro.net) by Wednesday September 17th.  (See the attached flyer for more detail)

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