AB 285 Report: Five Initial Observations

There are probably 285 things we could say about the AB 285 report. Some positive, others critical.  But that would be a really boring read, so here are our initial five thoughts: Quick Background: What Is an AB 285 Report? The AB 285 Report (technically, the Transporation Assessment Report) is a review of the CTP …

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SCAG Awards $7 Million for Last Mile Freight Electrification

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is awarding grants totaling $6.75 million to six projects across the region designed to promote clean transportation and reduce harmful emissions during last-mile freight and delivery operations. The six are in addition to 26 clean-energy projects that were awarded a total of $10 million late last year under …

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Bay Area’s Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program

The first iteration of the Regional Early Action Program (REAP) provided funding for the councils of governments (COGs) responsible for developing the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) to accelerate and support housing planning.  It was the regional counterpart to the Local Early Action Program (LEAP), which were distributed directly to cities and counties. While most REAP …

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VMT Reduction Recipe for ARB

We are guessing not many of you read the latest version of the Mobile Source Strategy. We read it because it begins to show how the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will approach reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the Scoping Plan and how ARB may set greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets under Senate Bill …

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OC Streetcar Draws on Historic Past to Serve Today’s Riders

Old Street Car, Proposed Street Car

One hundred years ago, Southern California had the largest electric streetcar system in the world.  Red and yellow streetcars connected Southern California, including Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties.  Over the years, however, competition from automobiles and freeways led to their decline. By the 1950s, nearly all the streetcars were gone. Now, the …

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ABAG and BayREN: a Regional Model for Energy Efficiency

BayREN Logo on ABAG logo

Special thanks for to our Summer Intern from UC Riverside, Celine Hoang, for her help in identifying, researching, drafting, and fact checking this story!

Whether it’s offering rebates for energy-efficient upgrades or creating maps that reveal where energy use is highest, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is playing a crucial role in helping cities, counties, and residents in the Bay Area increase energy efficiency and save money. The BayREN program is a whole portfolio of services offered …

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Free BottleRock Passes!!

Foo Fighters & Megan The Stallion under Bottlerock Logo

We meant to say free Bottlerock transit passes! For those who aren’t in the know, BottleRock is the premier Northern California music festival located in Napa.  More than 40,000 attend.  This year’s headliners include the Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Megan The Stallion, Chris Stapleton, Cage the Elephant, and next-generation rapper PoloG.   Even the Village …

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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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