SCAG’s RTP relies on a “Cloudy” Forecast

AWS, SCAG, and Connect SoCal meet in the Web Cloud.

About the Author:  Randy Iwasaki is the former director of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and also served as the Director of the California Department of Transportation.  He currently works with Amazon Web Services, a CALCOG partner.   Delivering a regional transportation plan (RTP) with a sustainable communities strategy (SCS) is a big task.  That …

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RCTC “Co-Habitats” with Riverside Conservation Authority for Better Outcomes

Young burrowing owl looks surprised as its handled for inspection

Restoring the burrowing owl population is one of many conservation strategies at the Riverside Conservation Authority.

They are practically newlyweds. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) are thriving under a new partnership. When the respective boards approved a union last fall, RCTC became the new managing agency of the RCA.  Ring the wedding bells! The RCA was formed in 2004 to implement …

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What Do Regional Governments Do? “CARL” Answers the Call

How do you explain what a regional government does if you only have a moment?  Do you have an elevator speech?  Or have you given up on trying to explain it, even to your friends and family? Telling the story of regional government is challenging.  It’s complex, unwieldy, and filled with nuance.  It also varies …

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The $500 Million Proposal for Regional Action Grants Explained

California Roars back logo with Newsom and Friedman photos

June 3 Update:  The Legislative Budget Package recommends a $250 million augmentation for this program above the $500 million in the Governor’s May Revise.  As we note below, there is more than enough eligible projects, and MPOs have a history of funding and programming projects in a timely way.  The constitutional deadline for the Legislature to pass …

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‘Salmon Runner’ Spawns Hope for North State Transit

Salmon Runner Logo: Mt Shasta in background

Redding was founded as a railroad hub. Only these days, you wouldn’t know it. It’s still the kind of place where people from nearby rural towns come to shop or see the doctor. But it’s no longer the draw it once was for catching the train to points elsewhere. That’s not because people don’t want …

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WRCOG Champions A Multi-Pronged Approach To Improve Air Quality

On a freeway in Riverside County

This story is reposted with permission from California Forward, which is committed to advancing policy intersections that create a more inclusive and sustainable California where all people can prosper.  California Forward’s Voices of Shared Prosperity series amplifies the stories of Californians who are committing their time and talent to solutions that embrace equity, environmental sustainability, and …

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May is Bike Month Playlist

Funny image of man riding in bicycle race.

In honor of May as Bike Month, we give you 32 songs, in no particular order, about the “acoustic motorcycle” that are guaranteed to motivate you to get out and ride!

Resilient! Regions Leadership Forum

Our 2021 virtual Regional Leadership Conference was a hit.  It was our largest in terms of attendance, with more than 250 people logging in for at least one of our sessions.  And our keynote speaker, former US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx, did not disappoint.  But throughout all these sessions, there was a meaningful exploration of …

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SCAG Adopts Broadband Action Plan

Urban Arial View; half black and white, half color with internet graphics with words "Digital Divide"

The Southern California Council of Governments is committing to helping its 191 cities and six counties increase broadband access in underserved communities. At SCAG’s February meeting, the board adopted a resolution that will help close the region’s digital divide. The move comes as residents in underserved communities are struggling to participate in the digital landscape …

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SB 375’s Emissions Gap: Explained

This article explains the source of the so called seven percent gap between the GHG emission reductions called for in ARB’s Scoping Plan from reduced VMT from cars and light trucks and the high end of the SB 375 targets.

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