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Imperial County to Take on "COG" Duties under AB 335

Bill Higgins - Sep 12, 2019

Imperial County Transportation Commission expands ability to serve member communities under AB 335 (Garcia).

Small EV Vehicle in front of Row of SUVs

How the SAFE Rule Will Affect Transportation Infrastructure in California

Tanisha Taylor - Aug 12, 2019

Overview (and links to resources) that explains why transportation planning agencies are worried about the SAFE Rule to roll back fuel efficiency standards in California. 

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How Regional Planning Helps California Build 3.5 Million Housing Units

Bill Higgins - Aug 07, 2019

Overview of the regional planning component to address the Housing Crisis in the state budget. 

Secretary David Kim discusses policies at Executive Directors meeting.

A "Memorable" First Meeting with the New CalSTA Secretary

Bill Higgins - Aug 01, 2019

An overview of the comments and discussion between newly appointed CalSTA Secretary at the executive directors group meeting.  

Rendering of propose project at issue

SB 375 CEQA Streamlining Survives Legal Challenge

Bill Higgins - Jul 30, 2019

Case Review: Court of appeal case upholds the use of an SB 375 streamlined process for CEQA review of an infill project on a transit corridor.  

Map of Smart Growth Areas in the San Diego region

Mostly Infill With A Chance of Sprawl

Bill Higgins - Feb 14, 2019

Most MPOs are forecasting substantially increased infill development in their regional transportation plans.  But that is only a forecast.  There is still a lot of work to do to make that forecast a reality.  

APS v. SCS

APS v SCS in the World of SB 375

Bill Higgins - Feb 07, 2018

The Alternative Planning Strategy plays an important role under SB 375 and SB 32. This article explains why the "APS" was designed to be on equal terms with an Sustainable Communities Strategy for reasons of accessing incentives related to achieving the state's climate goals.  

Oleander on Highway 99

Lost Oleander: Hwy. 99 Success Metric?

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

Where is all the Oleander?  Part of the answer is Proposition 1B that set aside $1 billion for Highway 99.  Overall, the program "over delivered" by completing 17 projects instead of 13.  That is more projects in less time and under budget.  That is a good story.

Vote Limit 55?

55% Threshold for Transportation Measures

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

In 2016, fourteen local transportation "special" sales tax measures went on county ballots that required a two-thirds majority to pass.  Thirteen of them received a super-majority approval rate of 55%.  But only six passed.