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SCAG 2012 RTP/SCS Workshop in Santa Clarita

August 28th, 2011 at 18:26

Last Monday, Sarge and I attended a workshop about the Southern California Association of Governments Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy at the Santa Clarita Activities Center in Santa Clarita.

Sarge ended up attending by default, more on that later. I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t sure what this was all about.

They showed a well-put together slide show which explained what SCAG is considering in developing its new Regional Transportation Plan. You can see that slide show here. [This is a PDF file]

Not only is this the exact slide show that we saw, but it also includes the responses those who attended made during Keypad Polling, which took place after we came back from breaking up into smaller group to talk about what we’d like to see the transportation plan focus on.

As the small group I was a part of talked about what we’d like to see, it became clear that many a few of us would like to see more frequent public transit that makes better connections. We would also like to see the different transportation entities have better communication and offer better tools for people to use to make better connections.

Which is, coincidentally, why Sarge ended up coming to the workshop: I missed my Metrolink train by 10 minutes, having read the schedule incorrectly, so he picked me up at the train station and drove me to Santa Clarita. There wasn’t another train for another hour and 35 minutes.

During the breakout session, I also expressed the need for a bicycle network to connect the far-flung North Los Angeles County communities and for the need for safe bicycle lanes and paths within the communities.

The Keypad Polling was a lot of fun and I felt it was the best part of the workshop, because it gave us instant feedback about our responses. It felt like the people who had developed the questions were truly interested in our answers.

Take a look at the video and the slide show, and let me know what you think. SCAG doesn’t actually fund or carry out the plans, but my understanding is that the eventual plan that they develop will act as a blueprint for local communities to follow over the next 25 years.

My question is, will it have any teeth?

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