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THE COORDINATOR - Dec. 2017 
News and Updates from the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments

Jamie Irons Presented with Resolution of Appreciation from SLOCOG & RTA


Jamie Irons, SLOCOG Board Member and Mayor, Morro Bay, is stepping down from his position on the SLOCOG Board and received a Resolution of Appreciation from the Board at the December meeting. Mayor Irons faithfully represented the City of Morro Bay on the SLOCOG and RTA Boards from January 2013 through December 2017 and showed exceptional leadership capabilities while serving as the boards' Vice President and Executive Committee Member in 2017. 

Click on "More Info" below to read the full Resolution.
 
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SLOCOG Programming Updates:

2018 Funding Recommendations

Last week the SLOCOG Board of Directors approved the Regional Transportation Investment Program (RTIP). This biennial transportation funding cycle provides $38.1M in new discretionary funding for the San Luis Obispo region. The funding is sourced from the Federal Highway Administration and California’s State Transportation Improvement Program. The SLOCOG Board also committed an additional $1M in State Transit Account funds to ensure a comprehensive multi-modal investment portfolio is achieved for the San Luis Obispo region.

The draft funding recommendations are consistent with the priorities established in SLOCOG’s long- range transportation plan, adopted in 2015. It is estimated that the region’s discretionary transportation investments of $39M have the potential to leverage $25 to $50M in new SB1 grant programs specifically targeted for improvements on the US 101 south county corridor and State Route 46 corridor.

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Rich Murphy, Programming Division Chief, with questions at (805) 781-5754 or rmurphy@slocog.org.
 
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Transportation Development Act (TDA) Revisions for 2017/18


Annually, SLOCOG apportions TDA funds to the seven cities, the County, SLOCOG and Ride-On Transportation. These funds are made up of Local Transportation Funds (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA). LTF is derived from ¼ cent collected in retail sales taxes. STA is a portion of the sales tax on diesel tax.  

The SLOCOG Board approved a set of mid-year revisions to these allocations: (1) a supplemental release of LTF to Ride-On and (2) increased STA allocations to eligible jurisdictions, related to the passage of SB-1.  

$190,000 in supplemental LTF was approved to be released to Ride-On for the last six months of the fiscal year (January – June 2018), for purposes of transitional support of Ride-On programs, particularly the Senior Shuttle. A total of $1,031,021 in incremental STA was allocated, comprised of $633,683 Augmented STA and $397,338 State of Good Repair.  

At the December Board meeting, there was further discussion around allocations to Ride-On. The SLOCOG Board accepted SLOCOG’s revised recommendation to allocate additional LTF to Ride-On while SLOCOG staff completes the process of going out to bid for CTSA service level contracts in 2018. In February, SLOCOG staff expects to discuss further details.  

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Pete Rodgers, Deputy Director, with questions at (805) 781-5754 or prodgers@slocog.org.
 
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Transit Programming Call for Projects for LCTOP & RTF Announced

SLOCOG staff announced a call for projects for the FY 17/18 Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) and FY 18/19 Rural Transit Fund (RTF) program at the December 6th Board meeting.  $357K in regional discretionary LCTOP funding will be available to provide operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to support new or expanded bus service to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving Disadvantaged Communities (DAC). Programming of LCTOP funding will occur at the February 7th meeting. $443K in RTF funding will be available to rural transit operators (Morro Bay Transit, RTA, County services, Runabout, and Ride-On Transportation) for both capital and operational needs. Programming of RTF funding will occur at the April 4th meeting. 

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Tim Gillham, Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-1520 or tgillham@slocog.org.
 
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FY 2018/19 Unmet Transit Needs Public Hearing Announcement

The SLOCOG Board will be conducting its annual Unmet Transit Needs (UTN) Public Hearing at the February 7th, 2018 meeting to receive testimony on local and regional transit deficiencies and improvements. UTN requests may also be submitted via the online request form at transitneeds.org. The annual study is mandated by the State prior to releasing Transportation Development Act (TDA) funding which provides the majority of local funding available for public transit services. The last day to submit requests for the FY 18/19 UTN study is Wednesday February 14th, 2018.

More information can be found by clicking below, or contact Tim Gillham, Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-1520 or tgillham@slocog.org.
 
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Passenger Train Travel Poised for Expansion

On December 6th, the SLOCOG Board supported the 2018 State Rail Plan that includes future state-supported trains north of San Luis Obispo, as well as additional frequencies of the Pacific Surfliner from San Luis Obispo to San Diego. The State is proposing a $12 million expansion of the train layover facilities in San Luis Obispo to accommodate the expansions. The board supported this recommendation and also adopted a memorandum of understanding with adjacent transportation agencies to plan for coastal rail improvements and seek new rail planning funds available, due to Senate Bill 1 (Road Repair and Accountability Act).   

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Pete Rodgers, Deputy Director, with questions at (805) 781-5754 or prodgers@slocog.org.
 
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2018 Safety Performance Measures

Federal guidelines require State Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to set safety performance targets. Caltrans set 2018 targets for the 5 required measures which are:
  • To reduce the number of fatalities and the rate of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel by 7.69%
  • To reduce the number of serious injuries and the rate of serious injuries per 100 million vehicle miles of travel by 1.5%
  • To reduce the number of non-motorized fatalities and serious injuries by 10%
In assessing the safety performance targets it was found that bicycle and pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries accounted for 24% of all fatalities and serious injuries in California for 2016.

SLOCOG had the option of setting region-specific targets or agreeing to support State targets; the board voted to support State targets at its December 6th meeting. 

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Daniel Audelo, Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-5724 or daudelo@slocog.org.
 
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2017 SLOCOG Year-End Legislative Report

SLOCOG staff tracked 49 transportation, housing, planning, and zoning bills during the 2017 State legislative session. Of these, 36 were enacted into law, 12 of which were of particular interest to SLOCOG and member agencies. The most important and far reaching piece of legislation signed into law was the transportation funding bill, SB 1 (Beall), The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. SB 1 is anticipated to generate $5.24B annually statewide for transportation-related projects with a focus on “Fix-it-First.” A companion measure, ACA 5 (Frazier), will be placed on the June 2018 ballot to constitutionally protect revenue created by SB 1 for transportation purposes only.

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Tim Gillham, Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-1520 or tgillham@slocog.org.
 
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SLOCOG Audit: Another Clean Bill of Health!

The 2017 San Luis Obispo Council of Governments Fiscal Audit and TDA Compliance Single Audit, as prepared by Moss, Levy & Hartzheim LLP, was submitted to the Board at the December 6, 2017 meeting. We are pleased to announce that again this year, there were no Financial Statement findings, in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, or Federal Award findings, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017.

The audits are available on SLOCOG’s website at: https://www.slocog.org/about/work-program 

More information can be found in the staff report by clicking "More Info" below, or contact Lori Kramer, Accountant, with questions at (805) 781- 4392 or lkramer@slocog.org.
 
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Ron DeCarli Announces Retirement as SLOCOG Executive Director


After 37 years serving as SLOCOG’s Executive Director, Ron DeCarli announced he will be retiring from his position in Summer 2018. The announcement was made public at the December 6th SLOCOG Board meeting. Mr. DeCarli is well known for interagency collaboration and coordination leveraging local, regional and federal funding to plan, design, and construct projects throughout the region. As a planner and advocate for more livable communities since 1973, Mr. DeCarli says he will miss his work at SLOCOG, but is looking forward to the next chapter in retirement.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies:

New Gateway Monument Signs in San Simeon and Cambria

A ribbon cutting for new Gateway Monument Signs in San Simeon and Cambria was held Wednesday, December 13th. The signs are two of three signs built along Highway 1 through SLOCOG's North Coast Scenic Byway Gateway Monuments Project. The third sign is in San Luis Obispo. For more details, please click here to see the press release.
 

Upcoming Ceremonies:

  • Saturday, December 16th - San Miguel Community Park Expansion Opening, 10-11 a.m. Rain or shine. Kids and soccer balls welcome!
  • Friday, December 22nd - Shandon Pedestrian Bridge Ribbon Cutting, 1 p.m. Ceremony will be held at East Centre Street, between 5th Street and Calle Carmelita in Shandon. This project improves safety and encourages multimodal use by providing a separate bridge to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists.
From us to you, have a Happy Holiday Season! 

Please note the SLOCOG office will be closed December 25 through January 1 in observance of the holidays. Business will be resumed Tuesday, January 2.

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the
San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Upcoming items:
  • Election of Officers and Executive Committee Assignments
  • Interagency Assignments
  • FY 2017/18 State of Good Repair (SGR) Project List Resolution
ADA accommodations may be requested by contacting the SLOCOG office at (805) 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 - Lynn Compton (District 4)
Vice President - Jamie Irons (Morro Bay)

District 1 Supervisor - John Peschong
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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