ATP hearings – TOMORROW in LA and Jan 29 in Sacramento
January 21, 2014 Leave a comment
Development 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 HearingsSouth – 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
The California Transportation Commission (CTC) has been convening active transportation stakeholders over the last three months to discuss how to structure this new competitive program, and the guidelines are nearly final. CTC staff will make another round of edits to the guidelines based on comments in the hearings, and then send the final draft of the guidelines to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for review. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership staff and our statewide partners submitted a comment letter on January 22.
In March, the CTC will adopt the final guidelines and open the call for grant applications for $180 million in ATP funding. At least $72 million of that first round of funding must go to Safe Routes to School projects, and at least $45 million must improve walking and bicycling conditions for disadvantaged communities.
Stay tuned for dates and announcements on the guidelines adoption and call for applications – anticipated March 21 – and attend our ATP topic series webinars to help your community prepare your Safe Routes to School projects to apply for this first round of ATP funding!