Sign on to our Comment Letter for SCAG’s 2012 Draft RTP/SCS

Help us increase funding for Active Transportation 
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has recently released the draft of the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS).  The RTP/SCS lays out transportation and land use policies for the next 25 years in the Southern California Region.  It will determine the types of projects that are built and the amount of funding available for active transportation and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.
The Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership (SRTSNP) is coordinating public comments to the RTP/SCS at upcoming Regional Council Meetings and will be presenting out comment letter to SCAG on February 14th.   While we are generally, supportive of the plan, the SRTSNP is concernced with several aspects of the 2012 RTP/SCS.  Below is a summary of the changes we would like to see in the RTP/SCS.
Please consider reading our entire comment letter and signing on to voice your support for these changes.
Our comments on the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy
  1. Provide additional funding: Walking and biking make up 21 percent of the trips (NHTS 2009) and 25 percent of the fatalities in the SCAG region (SCAG RTP/SCS).  The SCAG region also currently suffers from a 24 percent obesity rate, with some populations reaching 50 percent.  Despite this need for added funding for active transportation, the RTP only allocates a little more than 1% of the funding to active transportation.  The Los Angeles Department of Public Health estimates that $40 billion is needed.  We therefore request that SCAG increase the funding for active transportation to between 5%-8% of the total funding in the RTP.
  2. Fast track active transportation funding: The SCAG RTP allocates $6 billion for active transportation.  However, $4.8 billion or 80 percent of this funding is not available until after 2026.  In addition, for the years 2016-2025 the funding for active transportation will be half of what it is currently on an annual basis.
  3. Provide technical assistance: SCAG can play a leadership role in promoting active transportation throughout the region by providing additional planning assistance to local communities.  This should include a Regional Complete Streets Plan and a Regional Safe Routes to School Plan.  We would like to see a commitment from SCAG to complete these plans by 2014.  To accomplish this goal we suggest that SCAG create an Active Transportation Advisory Council composed of elected officials and professionals to guide the implementation of these policies.
  4. Include school siting as an element of the SCS: In our region 14 percent of all morning congestion is caused by private car drop off at schools (Traffic Injury Prevention August 2011).  It is critical that transportation agencies incorporate school siting into their land use and transportation plans so that children can safely walk and bicycle to school.
  5. Monitor transportation funding for environmental justice communities.  SCAG does not adequately link RTP/SCS active transportation funding to its environmental justice obligations. The lack of active transportation funding disproportionally affects immigrant, lower-income, and minority populations because these neighborhoods have greater barriers to physical activity.

Upcoming SCAG Regional Council Meetings

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Draft PEIR RTP/SCS and Joint Regional Council and Policy Committees Workshop

SCAG Los Angeles Board Room

Available also via Videoconference

 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Regional Council and Policy Committees Meeting

SCAG Los Angeles Board Room

 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Joint Regional Council and Policy Committees RTP/SCS Special Workshop

SCAG Los Angeles Board Room

Available also via Videoconference

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Regional Council received Public Comments and Considers Adoption of the 2012-2035 RTP/SCS and PEIR

Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

SCAG Main Office
818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor
Board Room
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 236-180

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