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Happy Holidays from SLOCOG!  

It's been a wonderful 2015 and we are looking forward to what 2016 brings. To all of our board members, colleagues, partners and friends, we thank you for your hard work, support and innovation over the past year. We wish you all a happy holiday season!
Your SLOCOG Staff

Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Draft Plan

The 2015 Coordinated Human Services Public Transportation Plan identifies the transportation needs of seniors, persons with disabilities, and individuals with low incomes. It provides guidance for meeting transportation needs of these populations and prioritizes investments for funding and implementation. The Draft Plan was presented to the SLOCOG Board December 16th, 2015 and can be downloaded at It is available for public comment until Monday, January 4th, 2016. Please email all comments to Sara Sanders at The final draft plan will be presented Wednesday, March 2nd at the SLOCOG Board Meeting. 

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Sara Sanders at 781-1385 or

State Route 227 Operational Analysis

As congestion continues to clog up State Route 227 southeast of SLO during peak hours, SLOCOG’s Operational Analysis continues to progress. The November 19 public workshop attracted over 40 attendees, mostly those who live or commute in the corridor. In January, once Caltrans gives the green light, traffic data collection will take place. By this time, we expect Caltrans’ repaving work will be suspended until spring (when warmer temps make it easier to repave) and there will be normal traffic conditions. The data will inform corridor assessments done by the consulting team, led by Kittelson and Associates. In turn, the corridor assessments will lead to multimodal improvement recommendations to be presented at the second public workshop, likely to be in March. At its December 16 meeting, the Board committed $1.75 million to the project for environmental documentation, design, and construction of improvements.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Jeff Brubaker at 805-788-2104 or

Rail Environmental 
Document Approved 

SLOCOG approved a programmatic environmental impact report that for a variety of rail improvement projects between San Luis Obispo and Salinas. The report generated significant discussions about “curve realignments” last January, but as requested,  those projects were removed from the plan. The report will help attract state and federal grant dollars for safety, track, signaling, and siding improvements. SLOCOG continues to advocate for new passenger rail services along the coast corridor between the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles for more frequent and faster passenger rail services. 

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Peter Rodgers at 805-781-5712 or

2016 Draft Regional Transportation Improvement Program

In December, the SLOCOG Board committed new transportation funds to address congestion on the regional transportation network, providing local agencies funding for street and road maintenance and repair; and programming investment for multi-modal infrastructure projects to be evaluated in the 2016 Active Transportation Partnership Plan. Projects include:
  • $3.2M is committed to initiate environmental documentation and develop the project report defining improvements along the US 101 corridor in the “Shell Beach Straits” area. 
  • $1.75M is committed for operational improvements along the SR 227 corridor, between Tank Farm Rd. and Los Ranchos Dr. The improvement options will be defined in a SR 227 Feasibility Study currently underway. Results from that study are expected early 2016. More info here >> 
  • $1.89M is committed (50% of construction costs) towards improvements at the intersection of SR1 and SR41 in Morro Bay. The project is planned for construction in fiscal year 18/19.  
  • $1.2M is committed for multi-modal projects to be evaluated in the 2016 Active Transportation Partnership Plan.
  • $4.2M available through the 2015 Federal Transportation Bill known as the “FAST Act” to local agencies for street and road maintenance and repairs over three fiscal years. 

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Rich Murphy at 805-781-5754 or

SLOCOG Wins 2015 Excellence in Transportation Award

SLOCOG was awarded Caltrans 2015 Excellence in Transportation Award for State Route 46. This award recognizes the unique contour-grading that was integrated into the project so that it blends within the surrounding landscape. Congratulations to all who were part of the project!

Holiday Office Closure

The SLOCOG Office will be closed December 24, 2015 - January 3, 2016 for the holidays.

Resolution of Appreciation for Steve Devencenzi

The SLOCOG Board recognized Steve Devencenzi for for his 25 years of dedicated service. Happy Retirement, Steve!

Unmet Transit Needs Public Hearing

The annual SLOCOG Regional Unmet Transit Needs Hearing is scheduled for February 3rd, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. in the County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers in San Luis Obispo. Concerned residents will have an opportunity to testify on any transit deficiencies they experience or perceive. The last day to submit requests for the 16/17 study is February 10th. To submit online, follow this link:

State law requires SLOCOG to conduct an annual Unmet Transit Needs Public Hearing to receive public testimony identifying or commenting on transit deficiencies that may exist within each jurisdiction prior to allocating Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds to local jurisdictions for next fiscal year.   

Still time to comment on the Edna-Price Canyon Trail Study

The study, which envisions a shared-use path connecting San Luis Obispo, Edna, and Pismo Beach, is in draft form. Interested residents are asked to submit their comments by January 8, 2016. The Board will consider adoption at its February meeting.

For more info visit

Oceano Front Street Revitalization planning effort to begin in January

In 2013, the County finalized the Oceano Revitalization Plan. In 2016, the focus will turn to prioritizing implementation of some of the Plan’s short-term recommendations. A review panel that includes local stakeholders and SLOCOG staff will hold its first public meeting on Wednesday, January 20. More details coming soon!

Third Workshop for Hwy. 41 Corridor Improvement Study coming up

Date: Thursday, Jan. 14
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Atascadero City Council Chambers

The third workshop will be a culmination of the public outreach and stakeholder feedback presenting a range of corridor design alternatives. For more info visit

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Upcoming items:
  • Changing of Officers
  • New Committee Assignments
  • Special Presentation from Uber
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 - 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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          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