On April 7, 2016, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) adopted the 2016-2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2016 RTP/ SCS or “Plan” herein) for the six-county region including Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. The 2016 RTP/SCS reflects the region’s commitment to improve its mobility, sustainability and economy. To achieve these goals, the Plan demonstrates how the region will reduce emissions from transportation sources to comply with Senate Bill 375 (SB 375) and meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards set forth by the federal Clean Air Act.
A major component of the 2016 RTP/SCS is a Project List containing thousands of individual transportation projects that aim to improve the region’s mobility and air quality and revitalize our economy. Since the Plan’s adoption, some of these projects have experienced technical changes that are time-sensitive. In addition, the county transportation commissions (CTCs) in the SCAG region have also identified new project priorities in addition to projects that are no longer priorities. As a result, amendments to the 2016 RTP/SCS and the Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) are needed in order to allow these projects to move forward in a timely manner. Amendments to the 2016 RTP/SCS are presented below.
2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1
On April 6, 2017, SCAG’s Regional Council adopted the 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #1 and the 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment #17-03, including the associated transportation conformity determination. The Draft Amendment was developed as a response to changes to projects in the 2016-2040 RTP/SCS. The majority of the changes made in the Amendment are minor in nature, and include changes to completion years, as well as minor modifications to project scopes, costs, and funding.
SCAG hosted a public hearing regarding the Amendment on Jan. 18, 2017.
2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2
On April 6, 2017, SCAG released the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2 and the 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment #17-07 for a 30-day public review, with the comment period beginning April 7, 2017 and ending May 8, 2017. During this period, SCAG held a public hearing on April 25, 2017 to solicit comments on the proposed changes to the plan. The Draft Amendment has been revised accordingly, in which all received comments have been addressed and responded to and are included within the Proposed Final 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2 and 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment #17-07 and is presented below. We anticipate to present the Proposed Final 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2 and 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment #17-07 to our Regional Council for their approval on July 6, 2017.
SCAG hosted a public hearing regarding the Amendment on April 25, 2017.