UPDATE: Help Shape Future Transit & Intercity Rail Climate Investments

Draft Guidelines Available for Consideration and Comment


NOTE: There will be a live stream of the Sacramento workshop on Wednesday, January 20 here: http://ctmedia.dot.ca.gov


The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) invites you to two workshops to help shape guidelines for the next round of climate investments by the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program.

In 2014 the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 862, which established the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program. The program was then amended in 2015 by Senate Bill 9. It is one of several programs charged with using cap-and-trade auction proceeds to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The program makes transformative climate investments by expanding public transportation ridership and capacity.

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In November, two listening sessions helped shape the draft guidelines, which were then delivered to the legislature. They are available here: http://ow.ly/WI5rS. These January workshops will be your opportunity to comment on the draft guidelines, which will become final by February 4, 2016.

There will be a live stream of the Sacramento workshop on Wednesday, January 20 here: http://ctmedia.dot.ca.gov

After the Sacramento workshop, a recording will be uploaded here: http://ow.ly/U3QjC

In June of 2015, CalSTA completed the first round of the Transit & Intercity Rail Program, awarding $224 million to 14 transformative projects throughout California.

Please send questions & comments regarding the program here: tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov. Please provide your comments by January 22, 2016, if you want them considered for the final 2016 program guidelines.

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Help Shape Future Transit & Intercity Rail Climate Investments

Draft Guidelines Available for Consideration and Comment

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) invites you to two workshops to help shape guidelines for the next round of climate investments by the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program.

In 2014 the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 862, which established the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program. The program was then amended in 2015 by Senate Bill 9. It is one of several programs charged with using cap-and-trade auction proceeds to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The program makes transformative climate investments by expanding public transportation ridership and capacity.

TIRCPWorkshops_012016

In November, two listening sessions helped shape the draft guidelines, which were then delivered to the legislature. They are available here: http://ow.ly/WI5rS. These January workshops will be your opportunity to comment on the draft guidelines, which will become final by February 4, 2016.

After the workshop, a recording of the Sacramento workshop will be uploaded here: http://ow.ly/U3QjC

In June of 2015, CalSTA completed the first round of the Transit & Intercity Rail Program, awarding $224 million to 14 transformative projects throughout California.

Please send questions & comments regarding the program here: tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov. Please provide your comments by January 22, 2016, if you want them considered for the final 2016 program guidelines.

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DMV Releases Draft Requirements for Public Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles

State Seeks Public Comment on Draft Document

Contact: DMV Office of Public Affairs
2415 First Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 657–6437 | dmvpublicaffairs@dmv.ca.gov

Sacramento—The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has released draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations for public comment. This is the next step toward allowing the public to operate self-driving cars on California roadways in the future.

“The primary focus of the deployment regulations is the safety of autonomous vehicles and the safety of the public who will share the road with these vehicles,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “We want to get public input on these draft regulations before we initiate the formal regulatory rule making process.”

The draft regulations are intended to promote the continued development of autonomous vehicle technology in California, while transitioning manufacturers from testing to deployment of self-driving cars. Upcoming public workshops are intended to gather input from industry, consumer and public interest groups, academics, as well as the public, to help improve the quality of the regulations that will eventually be adopted for the operation of self-driving vehicles.

Senate Bill 1298 (Chapter 570; Statutes of 2012) required the DMV to adopt regulations governing both the testing and the use of autonomous vehicles on public roadways. In September 2014, DMV announced the regulations for manufacturers to test the vehicles. Today’s draft regulations address the future use of autonomous vehicles by the public.

The draft regulations are designed to address complex questions related to vehicle safety, certification, operator responsibilities, licensing and registration, privacy, and cyber-security. Key aspects of the draft regulations include:

  1. Manufacturer Certification/Third Party Testing:
    Manufacturers will certify to their compliance with specific autonomous vehicle safety and performance requirements. In addition, a third-party testing organization will be required to conduct a vehicle demonstration test to provide an independent performance verification of the vehicle.
  2. Licensed Driver Required in Vehicle:
    A licensed operator will be required to be present inside the vehicle and be capable of taking control in the event of a technology failure or other emergency. Driverless vehicles are initially excluded from deployment. The department will address the unique safety, performance, and equipment requirements associated with fully autonomous vehicles in subsequent regulatory packages.
  3. Three-Year Deployment Permit:
    Manufacturers will be approved for a three-year deployment permit, which will require them to regularly report on the performance, safety, and usage of autonomous vehicles. This provisional permit is a critical first step towards the full deployment of autonomous vehicles in California. Data collected throughout the permit term will provide an opportunity to evaluate the safety and real-world performance of autonomous vehicles and inform subsequent regulatory actions by the department.
  4. Privacy and Cyber-Security Requirements:
    Manufacturers must disclose to the operator if information is collected, other than the information needed to safely operate the vehicle. Manufacturers will be required to obtain approval to collect this additional information. Autonomous vehicles will be equipped with self-diagnostic capabilities that detect and respond to cyber-attacks or other unauthorized intrusions, alert the operator, and allow for an operator override.

The DMV invites the public to participate in two upcoming workshops to discuss the draft regulations.

Northern California Southern California
10:00 a.m.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
Harper Alumni Center
California State University, Sacramento
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
10:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Junipero Serra Building
320 West 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

In conjunction with the public workshops, the DMV has asked California Partners for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH), a research program of the University of California, Berkeley, to conduct a peer review of the behavioral competencies necessary to safely operate autonomous vehicles. The goal of the peer review is to engage industry experts, researchers, and other stakeholder organizations in more in-depth technical discussions of behavioral competencies in the context of the regulations. This peer review will also supplement feedback gathered in the public workshops.

The DMV previously held three public workshops in April 2013, March 2014, and January 2015. A Request for Information released in July 2014, collected information regarding the capabilities of entities interested in conducting third-party functional safety reviews and certifications of autonomous vehicles or autonomous technology.

The full text of the draft autonomous vehicle deployment regulations and the workshop notice is available on the DMV Autonomous Vehicles page.

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Help Shape Future Transit & Intercity Rail Climate Investments

Draft Guidelines Available for Consideration and Comment

The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) invites you to two workshops to help shape guidelines for the next round of climate investments by the Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program.

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The Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program was established by the California Legislature in 2014 (Senate Bill 862). It is one of several programs charged with using cap-and-trade auction proceeds to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The program makes transformative climate investments by expanding public transportation ridership and capacity.

In September, two listening sessions helped shape an initial discussion draft of the guidelines, which is now available here: http://ow.ly/U3LHo. The November workshops will build on and refine this draft, which will then be delivered to the Legislature. Once delivered, additional workshops will be held.

If you are unable to attend either workshop, you have two options:
(1) The West Sacramento Workshop will be live streamed here: http://ctmedia.dot.ca.gov
(2) Videos of both workshops will be uploaded here: http://ow.ly/U3QjC

You can see one of the September listening sessions, which helped shape this discussion draft, here: https://youtu.be/HwH2RHU1eXA

In June, CalSTA completed the first round of the Transit & Intercity Rail Program, awarding $224 million to 14 transformative projects throughout California.

Please send questions & comments regarding the program here: tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov.

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Transit & Intercity Rail Capital Program Workshops

Help Shape the Next Round of Climate Investments in Transit

The California State Transportation Agency invites you to join us at our workshops to discuss the next round of the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program.

The workshops will be your opportunity to help shape the future of the program, including the chance to provide feedback on the current program guidelines and learn more about the timelines for interested applicants.

Workshop Dates & Locations

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About The Program

The Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program was established by the California Legislature in 2014 by Senate Bill 862. It is one of many programs charged with using cap and trade auction proceeds to help the state reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

At the end of June 2015, CalSTA completed the first round of the program, awarding $224 million to 14 projects throughout California. The grants fund projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by expanding public transportation ridership and capacity.

See which projects were selected this summer here: http://calsta.ca.gov/TIRCP&LCTOP.htm

See the current program guidelines here: http://ow.ly/QPPyz

You can send questions & comments regarding the program here: tircpcomments@dot.ca.gov

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Caltrans Seeks Public Input on Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan – Deadline is April 17 for Public Input & Comments

SACRAMENTO – With seven workshops and a webinar slated for March, Caltrans invites the public to help shape the state’s transportation future by offering their input and comments on the California Transportation Plan 2040 (CTP 2040), which lays out a vision for California’s transportation future to support a vibrant economy and our greenhouse gas emission reduction goals.

“We are creating a long-term vision for California’s transportation system, and the public will play a key role in that,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “We are looking at innovative ways on how to best improve the sustainability of the state’s transportation system through strategies such as more transit service, safer bicycling and walking facilities and reduced congestion through less single occupant vehicle use.”

The CTP 2040 is a statewide policy plan designed to meet California’s future transportation needs and to support achieving a statewide reduction in greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. It envisions a fully integrated, multimodal and sustainable transportation system.

The interactive workshops will include a short overview presentation, maps and exhibits, and activities to share information about transportation concerns. They will also help shape the final CTP 2040 document, which will help inform how California transportation dollars are invested. Caltrans is also seeking the public’s input to help insure that the CTP 2040 is fully consistent with the department’s mission, vision and goals to reduce single occupant vehicle use, promote active transportation to reduce emissions and improve public health and support the “Complete Streets” principle.

Caltrans has scheduled these events throughout the month for public comment. The public can also review and comment on the plan, in addition to doing so via these events, at www.californiatransportationplan2040.org. The deadline for comments is April 17, 2015.

The CTP 2040 scenarios also support the Governor’s goal to reduce petroleum use in vehicles by up to 50 percent by 2030.

For an opportunity to review and comment on the draft plan, please attend any of these seven public workshops:

  • Sacramento: 4-7 p.m., March 10, North Natomas Library, 4660 Via Ingoglia
  • Redding: 4-7 p.m., March 12, City of Redding Community Room, 777 Cypress Ave.
  • San Diego: 4-7 p.m., March 17, San Diego Valencia Park/Malcolm X Public Library, 5148 Market St.
  • Riverside: 4-7 p.m., March 18, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave.
  • Los Angeles: 4-7 p.m., March 19, Southern California Association of Governments, 818 West 7th St., 12th Floor
  • Fresno: 4-7 p.m., March 24, Fresno City College, 1101 East University Ave.
  • Oakland: 4-7 p.m., March 26, Joseph P. Bort Metrocenter, 101 Eighth St., Oakland
  • Webinar: 2-3 p.m., March 5, visit: www.californiatransportationplan2040.org

The development of the CTP is an open and collaborative planning process that includes governmental agencies, the private sector, advocacy groups, community organizations, and the public. To view the draft plan, informational materials, and to receive more details on the public workshops, please visit: www.californiatransportationplan2040.org

Those unable to attend a meeting in person, can comment via an email to ctp2040@dot.ca.gov or by sending a letter or a completed comment card to: California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning, Office of State Planning, 1120 N St., MS 32, Sacramento, CA 95814. Comments must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 17.

Providing safe mobility for all users—including pedestrians, transit riders, bicyclists and motorists—supports the mission of Caltrans to “Provide a safe, sustainable, integrated and efficient transportation system to enhance California’s economy and livability.” The CTP 2040 helps support this mission while furthering an ongoing conversation about California’s transportation future. Each year, Caltrans conducts numerous community and public outreach events and workshops to solicit public input and comment, including on efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transportation. Last year, Caltrans also hosted multiple community meetings across California about how to improve transportation between regions of the state as part of the “Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan.” To keep up on current information about the department, follow Caltrans on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CaltransHQ or visit http://www.dot.ca.gov/.

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