Seeking public input on the proposed projects that will receive federal funding for major transportation and roadway improvements, the Stanislaus Council of Governments – the regional transportation planning agency – will hold a public hearing on Wednesday at a meeting in Ceres.
According to StanCOG, the public hearing is to provide an opportunity for the public and interested organizations to provide comments on the Draft 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program, where projects will be considered for 2014/15 through 2017/18.
Wednesday’s meeting will include the only public hearing on the Draft 2015 FTIP during its 50-day public review and comment period, which will conclude on June 5.
Required by the federal transportation bill “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act,” each Metropolitan Planning Organization such as StanCOG must prepare a Federal Transportation Program – a short range, four-year, program that implements the long-range Regional Transportation Plan to accomplish improvements in mobility and air quality.
Due to federal legislation, no project may receive federal funding unless it is contained in an approved FTIP. Through collaboration with Caltran, the California Transportation Commission, StanCOG's ten member agencies, and the four public transit operators, the FTIP is updated every two years.
The FTIP is a financially constrained program identifying the current and pending uses of federal and state transportation funds.
The StanCOG Policy Board meeting and public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ceres Community Center, located at 2701 4th Street.
If unable to attend the public hearing, comments may be submitted by email, or in writing to Rosa De Leon, StanCOG Park, Deputy Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1111 I Street, Suite 308, Modesto. For more information, visit www.stancog.org.