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Right: Outgoing SLOCOG Board President, Debbie Arnold; Left: incoming President, Jan Howell Marx

Thank you, President Arnold!

At its January meeting, the SLOCOG/RTA board recognized Past President Debbie Arnold for her 2015 service. New officers were also elected: Jan Howell Marx, San Luis Obispo for President and Lynn Compton, SLO County District 4 for Vice President. 

New Interagency Assignments

At its meeting, the SLOCOG Board appointed new representatives to interagency organizations. The appointed SLOCOG Board Members will serve as representatives for SLOCOG  a number of policy boards, councils and committees that are interregional in nature.  With the annual change in officers comes a need to select new or ratify existing agency representatives. New appointees are:
  • California Association of Councils of Governments (CALCOG): Fred Strong, Jan Marx
  • National Association of Regional Councils (NARC): Fred Strong
  • Intercity Rail Committees: LOSSAN - Fred Strong and John Shoals; CRCC - John Shoals and Fred Strong
  • Development of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ride-On: Shelly Higginbotham, Tom O'Malley

Uber Presentation

Representatives from Uber made a presentation to the SLOCOG Board in January regarding the growth of their platform in SLO County and Uber's ability to fill some of the transportation gaps left by transit and regular taxi services. Uber reported that currently there are 448 drivers utilizing the Uber platform in SLO County, and in the last 3 months Uber has seen 28,000 riders make a trip in SLO County using the platform. 

Action for Healthy Communities

Action for Healthy Communities, a consortium of public, private, and non-profit organizations that collaborate to assess the quality of life in San Luis Obispo County, publishes a triennial quality-of-life survey (Vital Signs). As a follow-up to the 2013 Vital Signs report, several folios are produced to focus on significant issues identified in the quality of life survey report. The Water Supply and Impacts to Sustainable Communities and Economic Vitality folio was recently completed. It covers the critical issues of on-going water supply concerns and long-term drought conditions in the region. A PDF of the folio can be found at Additionally, a limited number of folios are available in print for distribution.

Public Outreach Campaign

Public outreach continues regarding transportation funding in our region. If you would like SLOCOG to speak to your group or organization on this topic, please contact Stephanie Hicks, SLOCOG Public Information Officer, or 781-4462. 

An online survey is now available if you are unable to attend an in-person presentation:



Third Workshop for Hwy. 41 Corridor Improvement Study 

Date: TBD
Time: TBD

Postponed until further notice, the third workshop will be a culmination of the public outreach and stakeholder feedback presenting a range of corridor design alternatives. Please watch for a new date coming soon!

For more info visit

SLOCOG Seeking Seniors for Social Services Transportation Advisory Council

San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is seeking seniors for filling one vacancy on its Social Services Transportation Advisory Council (SSTAC). The prime focus is on public transportation and other issues related to the special needs of seniors and persons with disabilities countywide. 

No prior transportation experience necessary, but is welcome. The council meets at the SLOCOG office in Downtown SLO, bi-monthly on Wednesdays at midday. 

If you are interested or know someone who is. please contact Eliane Wilson at
805-781-5711 -or-
Informal interviews will be held in mid-February for appointment at the early April Board meeting.

Rideshare is hiring!

Hiring: Program Coordinator I/II

SLO Regional Rideshare, a division of SLOCOG, is looking for an organized, energized program coordinator who’s passionate about multi-modal transportation, community outreach and marketing. The deadline for applications is January 29, 2016.

More info >>

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Upcoming items:
  • Unmet Transit Needs Hearing
  • Draft Edna-Price Canyon Trail Feasibility Study
  • Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) Programming
ADA accommodations may be requested by contacting SLOCOG offices at 781-4219. Please note that 48 hours advance notice is necessary to accommodate your request. 
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The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an area-wide planning and programming agency for issues of regional concern. SLOCOG is also the federal-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), the Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE), the Census Data Affiliate (CDA) and the Regional Ridesharing Program for the San Luis Obispo Region. Member agencies and their designated representatives are listed below:
President - Jan Howell Marx (San Luis Obispo)
Vice President - Lynn Compton (District 4)

District 1 Supervisor - Frank Mecham
District 2 Supervisor - Bruce Gibson
District 3 Supervisor - Adam Hill
District 4 Supervisor - Lynn Compton
District 5 Supervisor - Debbie Arnold

Executive Director - Ron DeCarli

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          Arroyo Grande - Jim Guthrie, Council Member

          Atascadero - Tom O'Malley, Mayor

          Grover Beach - John Shoals, Mayor

          Morro Bay - Jamie Irons, Mayor

          Paso Robles - Fred Strong, Council Member

          Pismo Beach - Shelly Higginbotham, Mayor

          San Luis Obispo - Jan Howell Marx, Mayor

          Ex-Officio, Caltrans District 5 - Timothy Gubbins