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FREE Planning Commissioner Training Workshops by APA, SACOG and SJCOG

Open to All Interested Parties
New workshops presented by California’s foremost transportation planners have just been announced as part of the Planning Commissioner Training Workshop Series sponsored by the Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association (APA), the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) and the San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG).

Session #5: Mobility/Transportation Workshop
Thursday, June 2, 6-9 p.m. at Rocklin City Hall (3970 Rocklin Road)
Presenter: Ronald T. Milam
How do you move residents of your community using all forms of transportation? How to you deemphasize auto movements? Where do you plan bicycle paths? You have a level of service for autos but what happens to bicycles and pedestrians? How to you prepare a complete streets program in your general plan? What is the best method for analyzing mobility in a plan or a project? How do you read a traffic report? Get answers to these questions and discuss transportation planning can improve the quality of life of your residents.

Ronald T. Milam, AICP, PTP is a Principal with Fehr & Peers located in the Roseville, California office. He is involved in a wide variety of project work and also co-leads the firm’s research and development efforts. He has an extensive background in travel demand model development and applications, traffic operations analysis, micro-simulation modeling, and transportation impact studies involving NEPA and CEQA. Mr. Milam currently provides traffic forecasting and operations analysis for the I-80 HOT Lanes project in Placer and Sacramento Counties, managing the Sacramento River Crossing Study for the Cities of Sacramento and West Sacramento, and assisting Caltrans in the development of new CEQA/NEPA Transportation Analysis Report (TAR) guidelines for project development and environmental impact studies

Session #6: Mobility/Transportation Workshop (Repeat of Session #5)
Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. to noon at Rancho Cordova City Hall, 2729 Prospect Park Drive
Presenter: David B. Robinson

David B. Robinson, a Senior Associate with Fehr & Peers’ Roseville office, has over 17 years of transportation planning experience and is a registered traffic engineer. Mr. Robinson’s areas of expertise include travel modeling, transportation planning, and operations analysis. He has developed several city and countywide travel demand forecasting models. In addition, he has applied his knowledge of travel modeling to numerous project types, including interchange planning studies, corridor studies, area-wide transportation circulation studies, CEQA and NEPA analysis, and several large master-planned developments in California.

WORKSHOP REGISTRATION

Register online at http://www.sacog.org/projects/planning-workshops/, or contact Greg Chew, SACOG Senior Planner at gchew@sacog.org or at (916) 340-6227 if you have further questions. Participants may also show up to the workshops unregistered, but seating will be limited to the capacity of the facility.

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Federal Policy Transportation Funding

DC Streetsblog: Senate Transportation Bill, MAP-21, Freezes Spending at Current Levels

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 1 Comment
Senate Transportation Bill, MAP-21, Freezes Spending at Current Levels
by Tanya Snyder on May 25, 2011

Note: See follow-up post, “Boxer: Transpo Funding Will Rise in Senate Bill, Bike/Ped Will Be Preserved” for updates, including clarification that the new bill will fund transportation at current levels plus inflation and an expanded TIFIA program.

The Environment and Public Works Committee just released an outline of some core principles of its transportation reauthorization bill. In a statement, the top Republicans and Democrats of both the full committee and the Transportation Subcommittee – Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), James Inhofe (R-OK), Max Baucus (D-MT) and David Vitter (R-LA) – said:

Sen. Barbara Boxer indicates the Senate transportation bill will hold spending to current levels, hints it will be a short-term bill. Photo: Bumpshack
It is no secret that the four of us represent very different political views, but we have found common ground in the belief that building highways, bridges, and transportation systems is an important responsibility of the federal government, in cooperation with state and local governments and the private sector.

They say their bill, called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21):

Funds programs at current levels to maintain and modernize our critical transportation infrastructure;
Eliminates earmarks;
Consolidates numerous programs to focus resources on key national goals and reduce duplicative and wasteful programs;
Consolidates numerous programs into a more focused freight program that will improve the movement of goods;
Creates a new section called America Fast Forward, which strengthens the TIFIA program to stretch federal dollars further than they have been stretched before; and
Expedites project delivery without sacrificing the environment or the rights of people to be heard.
Nothing about an infrastructure bank, which is likely still a major sticking point. We’ll also be interested in hearing more about their decisions about transportation enhancements – those “beautification” projects the Republicans love to rail against, also known as bike and pedestrian infrastructure. We also wonder how much EPW has worked with the Banking and Commerce Committees so far to work out the language on transit and rail.

The joint statement indicates that Boxer may be softening her insistence on a six-year bill. They specifically say, “Our goal is to attain the optimum achievable authorization length depending on the resources available.” Sounds like a two-year bill to me, if they’re shooting to maintain current funding levels. And we already know that sounds like a two-year bill to Max Baucus, chair of EPW’s Transportation Subcommittee and head of the Finance Committee, which the four senators say they’re collaborating with to explore options for the solvency of the Highway Trust Fund without increasing the deficit – i.e., without transfers from the general fund.

We’re still not expecting to see a completed bill for a little while… the initial Memorial Day target has been pushed back to “sometime in June.”

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Complete Streets Public Health

Free Webinar: Pedestrian Safety Education on June 1st

Next Webinar covers pedestrian safety education, offers free CM credits

CHAPEL HILL, NC — The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety announce the next free Webinar in its Pedestrian Safety Action Plan series:

Pedestrian Safety Education
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
2:00pm-3:30pm E.D.T.
1.5 AICP CM credits

Presented by:
Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Associate Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School

To register, please visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/259763731

Educational programs are essential for communicating knowledge about pedestrian safety laws and skills to all audiences, from children and teens to older adults. This presentation will provide participants with an understanding of the various types of educational campaigns and messages, along with a description of different types of audiences. Information about identifying particular audiences will be relayed to attendees, as well as a strategy for tailoring specific messages to those audiences.

This Webinar has been approved by AICP for 1.5 CM credits. The Road Safety Academy, the training and education arm of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, is a registered provider of CM credits. For more information on the Road Safety Academy, please visit www.rsa.unc.edu.

To register for upcoming Webinars and find out about future Webinar dates as they are released, please visit www.walkinginfo.org/webinars.

The Webinar series is aimed at engineers, planners, traffic safety and enforcement professionals, public health and injury prevention professionals, and decision-makers who have the responsibility of improving pedestrian safety at the state or local level. Detailed information on this and other training opportunities offered by PBIC can be found at www.walkinginfo.org/training.


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California Policy Metropolitan Planning NewsFlash Public Transit Transportation Funding

May 22 Update: CA 2011-12 Legislative Session Overview

Policy in Motion is tracking a handful of bills introduced this session pertaining to the integration of land use, transportation, housing affordability, and health within the context of sustainable community development in California. Below are summaries and links to legislative analyses for 21 relevant bills:

2011 Legislative Summaries—Updated May 22th, 2011

AB 147 (Dickinson)Subdivision Map Act

  • Expands the existing eligible uses for transportation mitigation impact fees to transit, bike and pedestrian facilities.

AB 343 (Atkins)Community Redevelopment Act

  • Redevelopment Plans and subsequent projects to be in alignment with climate, air quality and energy conservation goals of Chapter 728 of the Statutes of 2008.

AB 345 (Atkins)Caltrans to consult with bike/pedestrian reps on traffic control devices.

  • Caltrans to convene an advisory committee of representatives from groups representing bicycle and pedestrian users of streets, roads and highways and consult with this group regarding the installation of traffic control barriers and/or devices.

AB 441 (Monning)Health issues included in transportation plans.

  • Requires the California Transportation Commission to include health issues in regional transportation plans. The Office of Planning and Research would develop guidelines for local government and regional agencies to incorporate health (improvement) issues into general plans.

AB 539 (Williams)Safe Routes to School speed limits.

AB 605 (Dickinson) – OPR to set standards for VMT reductions and CEQA exemptions.

  • A project could be exempt from CEQA analysis of transportation element if project met percentage reduction in vehicle trip miles.

AB 650 (Blumenfield)Blue Ribbon Task Force on Public Transportation for the 21st Century

  • Requires task force to be comprised of twelve transportation subject matter experts to prepare a written report which would include findings and recommendations regarding the current state of CA’s transit system, costs of creating the needed system, and potential funding sources.

AB 676 (Torres)Expands use of transportation funds.

  • Existing transportation expenditures are currently legally obligated for transportation related administration, operation, maintenance, local assistance, safety and rehabilitation projects. This bill would allocate remaining funds for the study of, and development and implementation of,capital improvement projects to be programmed in the state transportation improvement program.

AB 710 (Skinner)Infill Development and Sustainable Community Act of 2011.

  • Eliminates minimum parking requirements for infill and transit-oriented development. Prohibits city or county from requiring more than one parking space per residential unit and prohibits requirement of more than one parking space per 1,000 sq. ft of commercial units for residential or mixed-use project in a transit intensive area. Also modifies definition of sustainable communities to include communities that incentivize infill development.
  • Leg Info Bill Text (Amended April 25)
  • AB 710 Bill Analysis (Assembly Floor May 20)
  • Status: AB 710 Passed in Housing and Community Development on April 27, do pass committee on Local Govt, re-referred to committee on Appropriations. May 19, ordered to third reading.

AB 819 (Wieckowski)Enhance bicycle safety, complete streets.

  • This bill augments existing Dept. of Transportation responsibility for safety guidelines to include class IV bikeways, in addition to class I, II and III bikeways. The bill defines class IV bikeways as: “segregated bike lanes,” which provide a completely separated right-of-way designated for the exclusive use of bicycles on streets and are demarcated by either a physical barrier or by distinct paint markings, or both, to minimize or prevent travel by motor vehicles.

AB 931 (Dickinson)CEQA exemption rule for infill housing modification.

  • CEQA requirements are exempted for infill development if certain criteria are met. This bill would extend the current criteria for the preparation of a community-level environmental review from 5 to 20 years. It would also lower the density requirement for exemption from 20 to 15 units per acre.

AB 995 (Cedillo)OPR report to legislatureon expediting Transit Oriented Development environmental review.

  • This bill would require the Office of Planning and Research, not later than July 1, 2012, to prepare and submit to the Legislature a report containing recommendations for expedited environmental review for transit-oriented development.

AB 1285 (Fuentes)Regional greenhouse gas emission reduction program.

  • Legislation to create community greenhouse gas emission reduction program. Would provide state oversight over local government and nonprofit investments relating to greenhouse gasses.

SB 77 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)Elimination of state redevelopment agencies.

  • Elimination of state redevelopment agencies (RDAs) and an orderly “wind down” of their responsibilities and assets. Local govt successor agencies would be created to maintain certain existing RDA obligations. Elimination of state RDA’s has been identified as a method to balance the state’s budget. Property taxes that formerly went to RDAs would be directed to schools and public safety operations. The bill will result in $1.7 billion in additional funding for the 2011-2012 budget.

SB 132 (Lowenthal)School sittings to reflect state planning priorities.

  • This bill would require the State Allocation Board to revise guidelines, rules, regulations, procedures, and policiesfor the acquisition of schoolsites and the construction of school facilities to reflect the state planning. This bill would also require that advice, standards, surveys, or information regarding the acquisition of school sites or the construction of school facilities provided by the StateDepartment of Education pursuant to this requirement reflect the state planning priorities.

SB 214 (Wolk)Eliminate voter approval requirement for infrastructure finance districts.

  • This bill would eliminate the requirement of voter approval to create and authorize an infrastructure financing district. This bill would authorize a legislative body to create an infrastructure finance district, adopt an infrastructure financing plan, and issue bonds by resolutions by resolution, not requiring voter approval.

SB 310 (Hancock).–.Creation of the Transit Priority Project Program.

  • This bill would eliminate the requirement of voter approval for the creation of an infrastructure financing district and would authorize the appropriate legislative body to create the district, adopt the plan, and issue the bonds by resolutions. This bill would also create a streamlined permit process for development that met certain criteria and it would create a program to reimburse developer fees if a project was located within an Infrastructure Finance District.

SB 450 (Lowenthal)Redevelopment agencies housing expenditures.

  • This bill reforms how redevelopment agencies spend their Low &Moderate Income Housing Funds.

SB 468 (Kehoe).–.An act to add Section 103 to the Streets and Highways Code, relating to transportation.

  • This bill would impose additional requirements on the departmentwith respect to proposed capacity-increasing state highway projects in the coastal zone, including requiring the department to collaborate with local agencies, the California Coastal Commission, and countywide or regional transportation planning agencies to develop traffic congestion reduction goals.

SB 535 (De Leon)California Communities Healthy Air Revitalization Trust.

  • This bill would require a minimum of 10% of revenues generated from fees collected by the Air Resources Board from sources of greenhouse gas emissions would be deposited into a trust operated by the CA Treasury Dept. Funds would be in used in communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or to mitigate health or environmental impacts of climate change.
  • Leg Info: Bill Text (Amended March 24)
  • SB 535 Bill Analysis (Senate Committee; May 16)
  • Status May 2: Do pass and re-refer to Committee on Appropriations. Hearing set for May 16. Placed on Senate Appropriations suspense file, hearing set for May 26th.

SB 907 (Evans and Perez) –.Master Plan for Infrastructure Financing and Development Commission

  • This bill would create the Master Plan for Infrastructure Financing and Development Commission, consisting of specified members, and would require the commission to prepare and submit a strategy and plan for infrastructure development in California that meets certain criteria to the Legislature and the Governor by December 1, 2013..
  • SB 907 Leg Info Bill Text (Amended May 3 )
  • SB 907 Bill Analysis (Senate Committee; May 16)
  • Status: Do Pass Senate Committee on Govt and Finance. May 3: amended and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations. Placed on Appropriations suspense file. Hearing set for May 26.
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Complete Streets NewsFlash Research US DOT

Washington State Legislation Update: Trans & Energy Bills

Policy in Motion has expanded legislative services to Washington State! Below are summaries and links to legislative analyses for 5 bills pertaining to transportation and energy:

Updated May 2nd, 2011

ESHB 1071: Complete Streets

  • This bill will create a Complete Streets grant program. The purpose of the grant program is to encourage local governments to adopt urban arterial retrofit street ordinances designed to provide safe access to all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and public transportation users, with the goals of promoting healthy communities, improving safety, protecting the environment and preserving community character.

SHB 1571: Regulation of EV Charging Facilities

  • This bill prohibits the utilities and transportation commission,under certain circumstances, from regulating the rates,services, facilities, and practices of an entity that offersbattery charging facilities to the public for hire.

ESSB 5251: EV Road Maintenance Fees

  • This bill requires that motor vehicles that are powered solely by electricity and are capable of being driven at a speed of more than 35 miles per hour must pay a $100 fee when the vehicle is registered and annually when the registration is renewed. The fee applies to registrations thatare due on or after March 1, 2012.

SB 5467: 2011-2013 Capital Budget

  • The Omnibus 2011-13 Capital Budget authorizes new capital projects forstate agencies and institutions of higher education for the 2011-13 fiscal biennium.The CapitalBudget generally includes appropriations for the acquisition, construction, and repair ofcapital assets such as land, buildings, and other infrastructure improvements. Funding for theCapital Budget is primarily from state general obligation bonds, with other funding derivedfrom various dedicated taxes, fees, and state trust land revenues.

ESSB 5764: Innovate Washington

  • Innovate Washington is created as the successor agency to Washington Technology Center (WTC) and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute (SIRTI). It is to provide and facilitate research supportive of state industries; to provide mechanisms for collaboration between technology-based industries andhigher education institutions; to help businesses develop and integrate technology into new products and helpbusinesses compete; to offer technology transfer and commercialization training opportunities; and to administer the Technology and Innovation Grant and Loan Program.
  • ESSB 5764 Bill Text
  • ESSB 5764 passed in the Senate on April 27, 2011. It is currently pending in the House.