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.

We are thrilled to see the leadership from several partners who attended this meeting to provide important public comment for the Metro Directors to consider as they reviewed this pending policy.

Thanks to our key partner Eric Bruins and the LACBC and:

As a result of policy discussion on this issue, Metro Directors adopted a motion that asked Metro CEO Art Leahy to direct staff to:

  • Conduct stakeholder outreach meetings in partnership with the sub-regional Councils of Government to ensure broad awareness of ATP funding availability, the requirements for reapplications, and the need for new project development.
  • Report back at the April Metro Board Meeting with a list of projects deemed most competitive for Los Angeles County and the FY 14 ATP call for projects.
  • Work with local jurisdictions on projects not a good competitive fit for the FY 14 ATP call, and identify local funding sources.
  • Clarify whether Metro will provide the same level of technical assistance in Future ATP call for projects.

This is a exciting step forward towards a larger active transportation finance vision for Los Angeles County and all its communities. We are excited to see Metro Director’s respond to stakeholders and funding needs in the County and look forward to the report back in April.

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

  1. Pingback: Supporting the California Active Transportation Program (ATP) at LA Metro | Safe Routes to School in California

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