WSCCOG Bikeshare Update
In Fall 2014, the City of Santa Monica selected the vendor CycleHop to operate their 500-bicycles/100-stations system by Summer/Fall 2015. The cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, and West Hollywood are considering participating under the same terms and conditions of Santa Monica’s contract. In December 2014, WSCCOG and transportation planners from the Westside cities met in Santa Monica to meet with the vendor CycleHop and test ride the demo bikes. The “smart bikes” are equipped with integrated onboard technology and GPS enabled locking mechanisms. In February 2015, Santa Monica chose the name Breeze for their bike share system. The city also chose Westside Ride as the umbrella name for the regional system that expands to other jurisdictions.
Partner with Metro on Cap-and-Trade Funding Opportunities
Metro is interested in collaborating with local agencies on Cap-and-Trade funding opportunities to ensure that Los Angeles County is receiving the funds needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Metro is able to provide technical assistance and may be able to bring additional resources to the process. Other options for partnering could involve identifying projects to be submitted by Metro or another eligible applicant and working together to develop applications that support regional efforts. The Cap-and-Trade programs provide significant opportunity for individual jurisdictions and others to apply either directly for funds or in partnership with Metro. Due to the limitations on the number of applications per eligible applicant and the total funding per project in several of the Cap-and-Trade programs, Metro is encouraging all eligible applicants within Los Angeles County to apply. Metro staff has prepared a table [PDF] that outlines the various cap and trade programs, the amount of funding available in the first funding cycle (covering FY 14/15 and FY 15/16), general project eligibility criteria and potential projects Metro is considering applying for. Specific to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, Metro would like to partner with local agencies and affordable housing developers and is encouraging prospective project proposals from local jurisdictions.
The following are internet links to the guidelines of the various transportation related Cap-and-Trade programs:
Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program (draft)
Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (draft)
Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (final)
Low Carbon Transportation Program (final)
If you are interested in collaborating with Metro on any Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities project, please contact Jacob Lieb at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 922-4132. If you are interested in collaborating with Metro on any other Cap-and-Trade program project or have any other questions, please contact Shelly Quan at email@example.com or (213) 922-3075.
Mayor James Butts as MTA Board Southwest Corridor Sector Representative
On December 11, 2014, the Los Angeles County City Selection Committee’s subcommittee for the Southwest Corridor Sector met to nominate a board representative to the MTA Board of Directors to serve a 4-year term expiring on January 1, 2019. There are four corridor representatives on the MTA Board representing 87 cities in County, including Gateway, Southwest, San Gabriel Valley, and North County/San Fernando Valley. The Southwest Corridor Sector represents 19 cities in the Westside and the South Bay.
The Southwest Corridor Sector subcommittee selected Mayor James Butts, Jr. (City of Inglewood) for appointment to the MTA Board of Directors based on majority-weighted vote. The appointment was ratified by City Selection Committee on February 5, 2015. WSCCOG will be working with Mayor Butts to address Westside transportation issues and priorities.
Los Angeles County Appoints Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to WSCCOG
On January 13, 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed the new delegates and alternates to represent the County on the WSCCOG Board. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the motion to appoint Supervisor Kuehl as the WSCCOG Board’s Delegate, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas as the Alternate Delegate, and Supervisor Knabe as the Second Alternate to the WSCCOG Board.