LAST WEEK TO PROVIDE INPUT ON LONG‐TERM REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN

Elected officials and residents from throughout Southern California are being asked to provide input on the Draft 2016‐2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS), prior to adoption by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in April 2016. 

Every four years, SCAG prepares an updated RTP/SCS for the six‐county region it serves: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura. The RTP/SCS details how the region will address its transportation and land use challenges while meeting federal air quality emissions standards and state greenhouse gas reduction targets. Ultimately, the vision of the RTP/SCS is to improve the quality of life for the region’s residents by making the best transportation and land use choices to meet the needs of a growing population and changing demographics over the next 25 years. The SCAG region will be home to 22.1 million people in 2040 – up 3.8 million from 2012. Improving mobility is essential if we are to accommodate both the increase in people and the job growth needed to sustain our economic viability. 

Economic disparity is a major challenge as well. One in five adults and one in four children in the SCAG region live in poverty. In order to fix that, we need to attract more businesses, create more jobs and bridge the gap between where lower‐income families live and where the employment opportunities are.

The 2016 RTP/SCS identifies $556.5 billion in transportation investments that will improve mobility and reduce congestion, improve air quality and create economic opportunity.

To read the Draft Plan, see the schedule of public hearings or for more information, please visit http://scagrtpscs.net. How to Comment on the Draft Plan

The Draft 2016 RTP/SCS is available for a 60‐day public review and comment period, which begins December 4, 2015 and ends February 1, 2016. Comments will be accepted until the close of business or no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2016. There are two ways to comment:

1. By Online Form:  Visit http://scagrtpscs.net/

2. By Mail:  Send comments to ‐

Southern California Association of Governments

Attn: Courtney Aguirre

818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017