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Butte County Association of Governments

Butte County Association of Governments

RTP / SCS

RTP Update Click Here
SCS Update  Click Here
 
Past RTP/SCS Documents
regional transportation plan / Sustainable Communites Strategy

regional transportation plan / Sustainable Communites Strategy

 
All Metropolitan Planning Organizations like BCAG are required to prepare a RTP/SCS document and conduct updates every four years. The RTP/SCS specifies the policies, projects, and programs necessary over a 20+ year period to maintain, manage, and improve the region's transportation system.
 
the RTP/SCS indentifies the region's transportation improvement priorities for the next 20 years, including public transit, bike and pedestrian facilities, and roadway projects. Projects included in the RTP must have an identified funding source and can be local, regional, state, or federal projects.  While the RTP is a federal requirement and the SCS is a state requirement, the SCS has its own extensive process to ensure compliance with state guidelines.
sustainable communities strategy

sustainable communities strategy

In September 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), also known as the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change At of 2008, as the mechanism to implement passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reductions outlined in Assembly Bill 32.

Under SB 375, BCAG, as the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization, has been designated by the state to prepare the area's "Sustainable Communities Strategy" (SCS) as an additional element of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  The SCS is the forecasted development pattern for the region, which, when integrated into with the transportation network, and other transportation measures and policies, will meet the passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reduction target for the area. BCAG developed the first SCS for the region in 2012.
 
BCAG has initiated the development of the 2024 Sustainable Communities Strategy to be included with the 2024 Regional Transportation Plan and is working with consulting firm PlaceWorks to assist with this effort. 
regional target setting

regional target setting

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is required to update the GHG reduction targets associated with SB 375 no later than every 8 years.  ARB first set targets for the region in 2010 and intends to update these targets in 2016.
In 2010, ARB set GHG reduction targets for the BCAG region from passenger vehicles as a 1% increase from 2005 emissions levels by 2020 and 2035. The targets apply to the BCAG region as a whole for all passenger vehicles emissions, and not to individual cities or sub-regions.
Regional Targets (1st & 2nd Round SCS's)

- BCAG's Methodology and Scenario Results Report for SCS Target Setting (revised June 2010)

- Click Here to view the California Air Resources Board (ARB) - Report on Regional GHG Emission Reduction Targets For Automobiles and Light Trucks (approved by ARB September 23, 2010)

ARB has formally notified all Metropolitan Planning Organizations, such as BCAG, that passenger vehicle GHG reduction targets will be revised in 2016.  Once new targets are approved by ARB, they would apply to BCAG’s 2020 RTP/SCS.
research

research

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is working with researchers at the University of California at Irvine and Davis to identify the impacts on vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions of key transportation and land use policies based on the scientific literature.  Click here to visit CARBs website and view the results of this research. 
contact us

contact us

If you have questions regarding the RTP/SCS for the Butte County region or wish to be placed on the RTP/SCS email notification list, please contact Chris Devine at cdevine@bcag.org, Ivan Garcia at igarcia@bcag.org or 530-809-4616