SCAG Update: Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Set For Release on December 3!

unnamedThe Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) will formally release the draft of the 2016 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) on Thursday, December 3 after the Regional Council voted to release the plan to the public at its November 5th meeting. The full draft is expected to be available the week of November 23 on SCAG’s website though the formal rollout will occur at the December 3 Regional Council meeting. SCAG staff have been working hard over the last few months to get the plan ready for release, and National Partnership staff have been participating in working group meetings and providing testimony in support of active transportation and public health investments at Regional Council meetings along the way. We are happy to report that SCAG is set to double its investment in active transportation in the 2016 plan, from $6.7 billion to $12.9 billion, between the 2012 and 2016 plans, and there will be a new public health appendix and added features to the environmental justice analysis thanks to the advocacy of us and our partners in Southern California. Once the plan is released, it will be out for public comment for 55 days (January 27 is the anticipated deadline), and SCAG will be holding public workshops and other outreach activities during this time to educate the public about the plan and its impacts.

In conjunction with this release, our partner ClimatePlan will be releasing a report tracking the progress SCAG has made on the 2012 RTP/SCS. We have been working with ClimatePlan and other partners in Southern California to shape the content of this report and conduct outreach to SCAG, other government agencies and important stakeholders to ensure the Southern California region is making meaningful progress toward meeting its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by 2020 and 2035, as well as providing important co-benefits such as increased investment in active transportation and improved public health outcomes in the process.

The RTP/SCS will be approved at the April 7 Regional Council meeting. For more information about the plan, check out SCAG’s RTP/SCS website, and stay tuned to this space for details on how you can help in the coming months!

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