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Severe Funding Cuts: RTIP Status on Major Highway Projects and 10-Year Funding Needs Assessment  


Very tough choices face the SLOCOG Board in December with regard to investments in regional transportation projects. The SLOCOG Board in October reviewed updated funding forecasts for the next five funding cycles (through 2025). They found severe impacts to the timing and delivery of priority highway improvements, regional interchange improvements, regional bikeway projects, and improvements that support smart-growth throughout the region. Twenty-five priority projects listed in Attachment A of the staff report, totaling $300m in funding needs, will compete for $6m in December. Fifty million dollars in discretionary regional funding is forecasted through 2025, leaving a shortfall of almost $250m in funding over the next ten years for these projects. On December 16th a public hearing will be held to review this fund cycle’s programming recommendations. Staff was directed to prepare recommendations that support the multi-modal goals of the 2014 Regional Transportation Plan. The SLOCOG Board also authorized staff in October to continue public outreach & engagement on the topic of the region's 10-year funding needs. SLOCOG staff was authorized to enter into a contract with a consultant to continue public engagement efforts. If you are interested in learning more or scheduling a presentation from SLOCOG staff on the topic, please contact Stephanie Hicks, SLOCOG PIO, at shicks@slocog.org.

More information can be found in the staff report.
READ HERE
 

Legislative Update

 

State


While the regular session of the Legislature adjourned on September 11th without a transportation funding package on the Governor’s desk, the transportation funding special session has no fixed deadline so discussions are continuing. The major proposal introduced in the Senate is SBX1-1 (Beall), a $6.8 billion plan that began as a simple reintroduction of SB 16 focusing on roadway repairs with a 50/50 split between funding for the state highway system and local streets and roads. A nine-point proposal was announced by Assembly Republicans (including Assemblyman Achadjian). This proposal would provide $6 billion for transportation purposes generated by revising the provisions of six existing fund sources and implementing three major policy directives designed to produce savings, without raising taxes and fees. The Brown Administration released its own transportation funding proposal consisting of approximately $3.5 billion in ongoing funding backed by new revenue and $1.4 billion in one-time funding. The areas of “agreement” between the 3 proposals largely relate to repayment of general fund loans, and some contribution from Cap and Trade, and some level of CEQA relief. 
 

Federal

 
The 34th "extension" of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) was passed in July extending the surface transportation programs until October 29th. Senators involved in transportation policy had a very busy month in July. Senate Bill 1647 (Inhofe), the DRIVE Act – Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy  was approved by the EPW Committee on July 15th, then amended and passed by the full Senate. The bill authorizes funding for six years, but identifies sufficient funds to support only the first three years. While there was hope that the House might take up the Senate bill and enact a multi-year transportation act before the summer adjournment, such was not the case. We are now operating under another stop-gap extension, authorizing the federal surface transportation program through October 29th.

More information can be found in the staff report.
READ HERE

Questions? Contact Tim Gillham at 805-781-1520 or tgillham@slocog.org.
 

Mobility Management Workshop 


There were over 60 individuals in attendance at the 3rd Annual Mobility Management Workshop representing social service agencies and local transportation providers. The consultant updating the Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan, Ross Peterson of C.R. Peterson Consulting LLC, facilitated the workshop focused on engaging a wider set of stakeholders on proposed role changes in the region. As a result of this workshop, the consultant has adjusted his recommendations and will be presenting this new information in the draft plan presented to the SLOCOG Board in December. 

Questions? Contact Sara Sanders at 805-781-1385 or ssanders@rideshare.org.
 

Active Transportation Planning (ATP) Grants


On September 15, CTC staff announced their draft recommendations for the state and rural components of Active Transportation Program’s (ATP) Cycle 2. These awards will not be final until the California Transportation Commission formally adopts them at their October 21-22 meeting, but it is a good indication of which projects will be funded. Two projects from our region were recommended for funding, nine applications did not score high enough to be recommended. The two projects are recommended for funding were:
  • SLOCOG’s Safe Routes to School Non-Infrastructure Program ($295,000)
  • SLO City’s Rail Road Safety Trail ($3.2M)
Other projects not recommended for funding were:
  • Shell Beach street improvements
  • Bob Jones Bike path
  • Shandon Ped Bridge
  • Morro Bay north Embarcadero Boardwalk gap closure
  • Paso’s River parkway Bridge and multi-use trail
  • Orchard Avenue, Class II bikelane s/o Nipomo
  • Safe Routes to School grant applications (Oceano, Nipomo)
  • #LetsGetVisible Active Transportation Encouragement & Education Campaign
  • SLOCOG’s Active Transportation Partnership Planning Grant 
Staff is suggesting that our partners continue to refine and resubmit applications for future funding cycles.
 


Another Great Rideshare Week!




October 5-9 was celebrated by smart commuters across SLO County as Rideshare Week, under the tagline "It's not a mode, it's a movement". Whether participants wished to help the environment, save some cash, or just lower their blood pressure, Rideshare Week continues to be a chance for commuters to get rewarded for making smart commute choices. This year, Rideshare brought back the global phenomenon, Hidden Cash and hosted daily transportation fairs at employer locations throughout the county. 


More information can be found in the staff report. 
READ HERE

Questions? Contact Stephanie Hicks at 805-781-4462 or shicks@slocog.org.

Final Rail Plan Environmental Document Anticipated December 16th

 
Several rail curve realignment projects were eliminated from the final rail improvement plan as this environmental document comes back for final certification. SLOCOG staff, Caltrans and Federal rail officials have agreed with local comments that the projects are not reasonable for inclusion.

More information can be found in the staff report.
READ HERE

Questions? Contact Peter Rodgers at 805-781-5712 or prodgers@slocog.org.


Down the Road...
 

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Upcoming items:
  • Draft Edna-Price Canyon Trail Feasibility Study
  • Regional Coastal Sedimentation Management Plan Update
  • Status report on major roadway and highway projects
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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ABOUT SLOCOG
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 - Debbie Arnold (District 5)
Vice President - Jan Marx (San Luis Obispo)

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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          Grover Beach - John Shoals, Mayor

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