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 identified new project priorities and 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. The RTP/SCS amendments do not change any other policies, programs, or projects in the RTP/SCS.
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 Amendment was developed as a response to changes to projects in the 2016 RTP/SCS. The majority of the changes made in the Amendment were minor in nature, and included changes to completion years, as well as minor modifications to project scopes, costs, and/or funding. On May 12, 2017, SCAG received its federal conformity determination letter from the Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration (FHWA/FTA) indicating that all air quality requirements under this amendment had been met.
SCAG hosted a public hearing regarding Amendment #1 on January 18, 2017.
2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2
On July 6, 2017, SCAG’s Regional Council adopted the 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2 and the 2017 FTIP Consistency Amendment #17-07, including the associated transportation conformity determination. The amendment was developed as a response to project changes in the 2016 RTP/SCS largely as a result of the approval of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (Metro’s) sales tax ballot measure, Measure M. The majority of changes included updates to project completion years, as well as minor modifications to project scopes, costs, and/or funding. In addition, several new transportation improvements were incorporated as part of this amendment. The 2016 RTP/SCS Amendment #2 has been submitted to FHWA/FTA for their approval.
SCAG hosted a public hearing regarding Amendment #2 on April 25, 2017.