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SLOCOG Board Allocates $175,000 toward Pismo Preserve

The SLOCOG Board chose to provide $175,000 toward the Land Conservancy’s Pismo Preserve land acquisition project. This funding may be reallocated from the County’s Cave Landing project, which was recently reviewed by the California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission denied part of the Cave Landing project, on which SLOCOG has committed $350,000. If the Cave Landing project moves forward, the $175k would come from Fiscal Year 16/17 funds. 

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Jessica Berry at 805-781-5764 or

Chorro Valley Multi-Use Trail Study Accepted by SLOCOG Board

SLOCOG board reviewed and accepted a trail study that looked at the feasibility of building a multi-use trail from San Luis Obispo to Morro Bay in the Chorro Valley, adjacent to Highway 1. The trail in envisioned to connect to Cal Poly, Cuesta College, El Chorro Regional Park, and other destinations along the way. The trail study was partially funded with a Federal Scenic Byway Grant and the work was performed by Rincon Consultants, Inc. and Questa Engineering. The study was originally conceived as part of a Cal Poly Civil Engineering class (CE 527) Sustainable Mobility. The classes, taught by Eugene Jud, look at trail alignments on the north and south side of Highway 1. The study incorporates and evaluates the classwork previously done. Because the majority of the trail alignments are in the County, the study will be forwarded to County General Services, which is responsible for implementation of trails. The next step would be an Initial Study, which is required by CEQA to evaluate the environmental impacts. That study could rely heavily on the work done as part of this effort.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Jessica Berry at 805-781-5764 or

Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan

On August 6th the SLOCOG Board reviewed progress toward the development of: the Sustainable Communities Strategy component of the Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan (2014 RTP); the Draft 2014 RTP’s Public Transportation Chapter; and, a revised adoption schedule to accommodate integration of components of the US 101 Mobility Study, along with additional Regional Land Use and Traffic Model analysis. 

Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS)
SLOCOG is required to include a Sustainable Communities Strategy with the 2014 RTP as a result of the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375). The California Air Resources Board (ARB) established regional GHG emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles and light duty trucks for 2020 and 2035 for all MPOs in the state. SLOCOG’s requirements are 8% for both target years. The scenarios are currently being developed for use in the Draft 2014 RTP.

Public Transportation Chapter
The key issues in the Public Transportation Chapter were presented to the board, emphasizing inter-connectivity of the transit system and improved communication technology. Staff recommended an increased focus on peak period transit services on US 101 with an expectation of ridership growth.  There will be increasing demands for seniors and disabled mobility needs and the Millennial Generation will add to demand for services.

The 2014 RTP suggests that innovation and technology will influence ridership levels. Challenges will be finding adequate funding to keep pace with demand as fleet replacements are projected to cost $100 Million (2015-2035), in addition to the need for a new Regional Transit Center, the expected new RTA Maintenance Facility, and other additional investments totaling $30M.

Revised adoption schedule
The RTP timeline proceeds with a September 10th review at the SLOCOG Board Meeting of the anticipated projects for inclusion in the plan and final greenhouse gas modeling - in advance of the Draft Plan to be presented in October.

More information can also be found in the staff report. 

Contact Steve Devencenzi at 805-781-4662 or

US 101 Corridor Mobility Master Plan

At the August meeting, the SLOCOG Board reviewed the project improvement packages that the task force selected to be included in the US 101 Corridor Mobility Master Plan. These projects were developed and vetted during the technical analysis phase of the study. 

The technical analysis consisted of developing planning level cost estimates on 140 improvement projects, as well as, developing an analysis of how they improved the corridor (e.g. reduction in vehicle miles traveled, reduction in congestion). That improvement was monetized (given a dollar value such as – cost savings associated with reducing vmt) and a benefit/cost ratio was developed. All projects were evaluated on their B/C ratio and the Task Force selected approximately 20 projects that should be the focus of next steps on the corridor. The staff report lays out all the improvements in the corridor.

More information can also be found in the staff report. 

Questions? Contact Jessica Berry at 805-781-5764 or

Draft 2015 FTIP Out for Public Review

The Draft 2015 FTIP is out for public review. Deadline to provide comments is September 10th. The document is available on SLOCOG’s website. Click the Transportation Improvement Program link to access project information.

The 2015 FTIP is the list of projects, using a combination of federal, state, and local funds that will implement a four year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) period.  There are 140 projects and approximately $355 Million dollars identified to deliver surface transportation and transit related improvements through 2019.  

More information can also be found in the staff report. 

Contact Richard Murphy at 805-781-5754 or


SLOCOG Welcomes New Staff!

Tessa Betz
Administrative Services Officer

Jeff Brubaker
Transportation Planner

Allison Phelps
Administrative Assistant

Sara Sanders
Rideshare Program Coordinator

Peter Williamson
Rideshare Employer Outreach Coordinator
Down the Road
The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held in the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors' Chambers Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Viewing: Channel 21 (Charter Communications TV) and at

Upcoming items:
  • Programming Adjustment of CMAQ funds
  • Rideshare Program Update
  • Draft US 101 Corridor Mobility Master Plan Update
  • Regional Transportation Plan: Highways, Street and Road 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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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 - Shelly Higginbotham (Pismo Beach)
Vice President - Debbie Arnold (District 5)

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

Executive Director - Ron DeCarli

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