SCAG Releases 2016 RTP/SCS for Public Comment
December 3, 2015 4 Comments
On December 3, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) officially released the draft 2016 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) for public comment. There will be a 60-day public comment period beginning on December 3 and ending on February 1. The Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) is also now available and has the same 60-day comment period. The Safe Routes to School National Partnership’s Southern California team have been actively participating in the RTP/SCS update process over the past few years, and we are excited to see an increased emphasis on active transportation, public health, social equity and environmental justice in this plan update. Specifically, the plan calls for:
- Doubling the amount of investment in active transportation compared to the 2012 plan, from $6.7 billion to $12.9 billion. The total dollar amount of the RTP/SCS is $555.6 billion, so this represents about 2% of the overall budget, up from 1.3% in the 2012 RTP/SCS.
- Creating regional bikeway and greenway networks to connect the region with bicycle trails and facilities.
- Recognizing that our transportation system is multimodal and integrating active transportation investments into the highways element through a complete streets approach and the transit element through a first and last mile approach.
- Adding a short trips strategy to encourage more trips under three miles by walking and bicycling. Approximately 38% of all trips in the six-county SCAG region are under 3 miles, yet 78% are made by driving.
- Committing to a goal of 50% of communities having Safe Routes to School plans by 2040.
- Adding a Public Health Appendix to the RTP/SCS for the first time which analyzes how physical activity, chronic disease rates, air quality and other public health outcomes would fare under different land use and transportation scenarios.
- Creating a list of Guiding Principles and Strategies for Public Health
- Identifying performance measures related to both active transportation and public health that seek to improve safety and increase mode share of walking and bicycling.
- Enhancing the Environmental Justice Appendix with new data and deeper analysis on affordable housing, gentrification, displacement, active transportation safety and air quality in low income and communities of color.
In addition to outlining transportation investments and strategies for the next 25 years, the RTP/SCS also contains a wealth of data on walking and bicycling, population and demographics, housing and land use, jobs and many other issues related to the built environment. The active transportation appendix is an 80-page document containing data and strategies for increasing walking and bicycling in all six counties of the SCAG region, and is well worth reading for those looking for data or information on active transportation in Southern California.
The links to the RTP/SCS, PEIR and appendices that may be of interest to our partners are below (the full appendix list is on the RTP/SCS page in the first link):
Public comments on the RTP/SCS are due on Monday, February 1, 2016. We will be working with our partners to submit comments and will post them here. There will also be public hearings in all six counties in January where comments will be taken from the general public. See our accompanying blog post for dates, times & locations or see the SCAG meeting webpage.
Stay tuned for more updates on the SCAG RTP/SCS!