Wednesday, July 20, 2016

(Total SCAG-Fail) SGV Tribune: Southern California gets a big, fat $0 from Feds for freight, road improvements

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Mod: SCAG is aghast. Or so they are saying. But why is it that this part of the world has been completely shut out on Fed transportation cash? Didn't the Feds read any of SCAG's hundreds of transportation plans? How could they have failed to be impressed?

Southern California gets a big, fat $0 from Feds for freight, road improvements: Southern California transportation agencies were shocked Monday to learn they were getting zero dollars from the federal Department of Transportation in the first round of a newly approved freight-movement grant program.

Instead, the DOT gave out $759 million for 18 projects from Seattle to Louisiana but nothing for projects located within the six Southern California counties.

Locally, grant applications from the port of Long Beach and the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority were denied, several sources confirmed. The Port of LA had one project denied, a $35 million zero-emissions cranes project.

“I think it is a shock because this is an area where you would expect a lot of that money to come in,” said Hasan Ikhrata, executive director of the Southern California Association of Governments. SCAG’s 2015 regional transportation plan identified $75 billion in projects, including adding truck lanes to the 60 Freeway, improving the interchange at the 57/60 freeways in Diamond Bar and building grade separations allowing trains to travel freely on bridges over cars and trucks.

The Port of Long Beach applied for two rail extension projects, one an intermodal rail yard in the new harbor terminal and the other, called the Terminal Island Wye, in a different part of the port. Both were denied, said Lee Peterson, spokesman. These would have allowed more direct container-to-rail processing, cutting back on truck trips and reducing air pollution. “We’ll try again next year,” he said.

A proposed $142 million railroad underpass in Montebello was denied $35 million in federal funding, while a $78.4 million Durfee Avenue Grade Separation project in Pico Rivera lost out on $25 million in funding, explained Paul Hubler, director of government and community relations at ACE. The two projects have local funding but need federal dollars to start construction, he said.

SCAG said it was working with various agencies in Southern California to submit new applications for the 2017 funding allocation of the Fostering Advancements in Shipping and Transportation for the Long-term Achievement of National Efficiencies (FASTLANE) program, which will distribute about $5 billion for freight-related projects over five years.

Southern California’s twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles carried 117 million metric tons of goods in 2014 for a value of $396 billion, according to SCAG. Most of the goods from the ports are transported by trucks along congested freeways. SCAG estimated Southern California has 70,000 lane miles or roadways with the 710, 605, 60, and 91 freeways carrying the highest volumes of truck traffic in the region, averaging about 25,000 trucks per day in 2013.

To not move forward with projects that cut back on truck trips carrying goods from the ports seems like a mistake, SCAG officials said.

“This shows a huge need for freight infrastructure here,” said Sharon Neely, a transportation consultant for SCAG. “We are certainly surprised and disappointed that Southern California did not receive a grant.” 

Mod: For a regional planning organization it is failure written in red. Getting government money is the reason they exist. Being completely shut out like this is just about as bad as it gets. Maybe the Feds would prefer that rather than using trains, all of that port freight should go through a certain tunnel? To read the rest click here.

Maybe SCAG Boss Hasan Ikhrata isn't being paid enough?


Then again, maybe he is.

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27 comments:

  1. This windbag gets paid half a million dollars a year? For a government job?

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    1. yeah and when he retires he'll get close to the same amount for the rest of his life on the taxpayer's dime

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    2. How can his half million dollar yearly cut be justified? He is paid by the Feds, right?

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  2. The point is SCAG has reached it's useful life's end time to dissolve this political organization all together (this was created because of RDA)and move on. Re Development Agency was a program started in the 1950's and was finally put to bed and dissolved in 2012 or so, this was a front for shadow governments an funnel tax money around to cities and agency's like SCAG.

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  3. Here you go, the SCAG's Regional Transportation Plan for 2016. How could the FEDs have turned this down?
    http://scagrtpscs.net/SiteAssets/ExecutiveSummary/index.html

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  4. This has nothing to do with SCAG. It's California Democrats in congress who've failed here. Why do you think Janice Hahn quit DC to run for supervisor? Judy Chu is another, these congresspeople bear the shame and should shoulder the blame. Stop picking on Hassan because its convenient to your narrative.You lose a lot of credibility with a post like this. You think we should have this money, but you oppose the 710? Mod, you are all over the place with your illogic in pursuit of personal attacks.

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    1. Wha? SCAG puts in for billions of dollars, gets shot down by the Feds, and it has nothing to do with them? Did you not read the article? Much of the requested money was to be used to put port freight on trains so that the 710 tunnel would not be necessary. You're being completely wacko here.

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    2. Someone is obviously obsessing over the Mod.

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    3. Maybe we did such a good job with SCAG that Sacramento realizes they are no longer needed, OR, Mr. Russia is incompetent and they want him replaced. Nice salary. And by the way Mod, thanks for keep us up to date.

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    4. 6:58 - Hasan Ikhrata and SCAG are big time 710 tunnel supporters. Surprised you were not aware of that.

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    5. 6:58, if you'd take the effort to follow the link provided in the article, you'd see that it is from The San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Are they also obsessed?

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    6. 7:06. You are on the right trail. SCAG is "shocked, shocked" that no fed money is forthcoming, and yet the transportation problem continues to grow. Solution? Yes- they will send money to build the tunnel. It's all a ruse to dupe the public and then state that there is no other alternative but to build the tunnel. Win, Win for them. Lose, lose for us.

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    7. Was that a Casablanca reference?

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    8. Yes. Los Angeles County is Vichy controlled territory.

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  5. No joke! SCAG's new leader was a Soviet planner
    http://www.ocregister.com/orangepunch/scag-485722-california-soviet.html

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  6. Ill make it simple for you 7:06 The "feds" is Congress. The Ca. Delegation to the U.S. House is majority Democrat. The leadership is Republican. The Republicans determine how money is spent.This is an election year. Money goes to states and districts that have been loyal to the party. Therefore, California gets nothing. So if you want to blame someone, blame Hahn and Chu for their inability to comprimise with Paul Ryan and his boys.

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    1. You need to consider that $100s of millions of dollars were allocated to other regions with similar projects. Our guy got beat. Badly. Why you have decided to be an apologist for this punchless vastly overpaid apparatchik is beyond me.

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    2. Somebody needs to pull the plug on SCAG. What an incredible waste of tax money.

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    1. Anybody ever notice that most of the trolls haunting this blog are kinda nuts?

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    2. They are kind of colorful and do wonders for the comment count.

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  8. Maybe we could raise the UUT tax to fund these federal issues to create more cancer and pay more pensions which fail to benefit any Sierra Madre taxpayer

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    1. Cancer Equality Now!

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  9. Thank you Mod.and 6:41am. Could it be that unions were strong in the support of the rail systems @ the truckers fight not to loose more work? The scag guys wil consider applications from a city near you!

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  10. I remember when Ikhrata and then president of SCAG Jon Edney came to town to sing for their supper, pleading with the city not to drop out of SCAG.
    Too bad we didn't leave then.

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    1. Watching Buchanan and Mosca fawn all over them was a depressing experience.

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    2. Ihkrata has made a lot more than he needs for supper.
      Those are some fine capitalist dollars.

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