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

Roundabout Presentation & Discussion


A roundabout field review, advisory body discussion and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Workshop was hosted by SLOCOG on Sept 6th and 7th, 2017. Following field visits to State Route (SR) 227, US 101/Main St and US 101/46W locations, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) led a discussion on roundabouts for approximately twenty (20) participants comprising staff and citizens from nearly all districts and member jurisdictions. The focus of this discussion was: a) Review the selection process for choosing roundabouts as project alternatives; b) Discuss the benefits and dis-benefits of roundabouts; c) Answer specific questions and address concerns raised by community members. 

Approximately 50 regional planners and engineers (representing public works staff across the San Luis Obispo region, including County & local Cities) attended a technical roundabout training session. The roundabout training covered the planning process, public engagement, Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) process, construction zone management, and project development. Click on "More Info" for a link to the presentation below.

Contact John DiNunzio, SLOCOG Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-5764 or jdinunzio@slocog.org.
 
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2018 Active Transportation Program Grant Augmentation


The California Transportation Commission (CTC) staff  is recommending $4.0M for the San Luis Obispo County Region to the CTC to approve funding for the following three ATP grant submittals:

a) Atascadero/Templeton Connector, $3.3M of total project cost $5.7M
b) Oceano Safe Routes to School sidewalk improvement, $422k of total project cost $621k
c) SLOCOG Safe Routes to School Education and Advocacy Program, $319k

Action is scheduled for the next CTC meeting, to be held on Oct. 18th-19th, 2017. The new Active Transportation Program Grant funding is the result of the passage of the landmark transportation bill, The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1).

More information can be found by clicking on "More Info" below. 

Contact John DiNunzio, SLOCOG Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-5764 or jdinunzio@slocog.org.
 
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Rideshare Week and Walk to School Day Bring Awareness to Smart Commute Choices


From October 2-6, 2017, Rideshare asked commuters to pledge to make a smart commute choice for Rideshare Week. Walk to School Day was also celebrated on Wednesday, October 4th. In SLO County, 683 commuters pledged to "commute smart" for Rideshare Week.

Users also logged their trips by carpool, vanpool, bike, foot or bus at iRideshare.org, reducing their impact in the following ways:
  • 2,749 single-occupant vehicle trips eliminated
  • 39,022 less vehicle miles traveled
  • 9.8 tons of CO2 prevented
  • $12,339 in commute costs saved
  • 156,415 calories burned

Nearly $2 Million in Transit Funding Programmed


At their October 4th meeting, the SLOCOG Board awarded 3 projects in the amount of nearly $2 million from two different transit funding programs (State Transit Assistance SB 1 Augmentation and Proposition 1B funds). Funding goes towards 3 regionally significant transit capital projects. The awards are as follows:

$441,293 - Design and Engineering Services for New RTA Maintenance Facility

$352,446 - Three RTA Transit Coach Replacements (Local match for pending federal transit grant)

$1,200,000 - New RTA Maintenance Facility (Local match for pending federal transit grant)

TOTAL = $1,993,759

The new State Transit Assistance (STA) SB 1 Augmentation funding is the result of the passage of the landmark transportation bill, The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. FY 2017/18 is a partial year of new SB 1 funding with full allocations anticipated in FY 2018/19. Unfortunately, this was the last programming cycle of Proposition 1B, which has provided much needed transit capital funding over the last 10 years.

More information can be found in the staff report, or contact Tim Gillham, SLOCOG Transportation Planner, with questions at (805) 781-1520 or tgillham@slocog.org.
 
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Caltrans Presentations on Priority Highway Projects


At the SLOCOG Board meeting, Caltrans D5 presented information to the Board on priority highway projects on US Highway 101 for congestion near Pismo Beach, State Route 227 for congestion south of SLO, and State Route 46 for widening east of Shandon. More information is available below.
 
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RTP Draft Financial Chapter and Policy Recommendations Approved

SLOCOG is developing the region’s long range transportation plan and is collecting input via an online survey at slocog.org/2019RTP through October 31. Please provide your input if you have not already done so!
 

The SLOCOG Board reviewed the draft Financial Chapter and approved policy recommendations, which included assessing local support of supplemental funding options and developing an RTP scenario based on additional supplemental funds.
 

Expectations with the new statewide fuel and car taxes (SB-1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act, 2017):  Provides $15M more per year (for road maintenance and  transportation improvements) to the region and offers competitive funding that we expect will complete SR 46 widening and improve several areas of US 101. 

Expectations without these new funds:  Nearly a billion dollars less to the region resulting in a minimal fix at the Wye, one or two fixes on US 101 for congestion-relief or access improvements, worsening pavement conditions (more potholes) in every jurisdiction, and likely no expansion for transit and minimal bike and pedestrian project expansions.
 

Key Numbers

100%:  the amount of current gas and diesel taxes spent on transportation.

50%:  after accounting for inflation and fuel efficiency, the amount that gas taxes now covers compared with cost covered in 1994, when it was last raised.

27%:  the amount that car’s efficiency (or MPG) has improved since 2000.

16%:  the amount that travel (driving or congestion) has increased since 2000.

4%:  the amount that gas consumption (and its funds for transportation) has increased since 2000.

$0:  the amount a Tesla (or any electric car) pays in fuel taxes without SB-1.


More information can be found in the staff report, or contact James Worthley, SLOCOG Regional Planning Division Chief, with questions at (805) 788-2002 or jworthley@slocog.org.
 
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Additional info can also be found in the attachment, which includes the full draft chapter.

New Section of Highway 1 at Piedras Blancas is Open


A major realignment project is complete north of San Simeon and progress is being made toward the replacement of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in Big Sur. The just-opened, 2.8-mile section of Highway 1 north of Piedras Blancas Light Station is 475 feet further inland, shielding the road and traffic from ocean waves and erosion. It provides eight-foot wide class II bikeways and dedicates new State Parks property, creating new highway and provision for a three-mile coastal trail.

More information can be found in the San Luis Obispo Tribune article below. 
 
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Thank you, Steven Ross!
The SLOCOG Board recognized Mr. Steven Ross for 7 years of service representing the City of Arroyo Grande on the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC).

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the
San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Upcoming items:
  • Programming of funds
  • Overall Work Program (OWP)
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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