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2016 State Transportation Improvement Program Update

On January 21st, the California Transportation Commission (Commission) approved a reduced estimate of projected funding available for the state’s transportation program by $754 million over the next five years. The Commission's action, which was undertaken after careful review of current and projected financial information from numerous sources, marks the largest scaling back of the state's transportation program since the creation of the current funding structure nearly 20 years ago. 
"What this means is that almost every county in California that relies on this source of funding for projects that improve traffic and air quality will have to cut or delay projects indefinitely," stated CTC Chair Lucy Dunn. "The commission adopted the most optimistic scenario we could make in good conscience, in the hope agreement will be reached on a number of reforms and new funding increases currently under consideration by the Legislature. But failing that, I fear we will be faced with even more Draconian cuts next year."
On March 3rd, the SLOCOG Board responded to the direction by the California Transportation Commission to address the reduced state transportation funding and deleted continued investments on the State Route 46W/US 101 interchange improvement project. SLOCOG also developed a funding strategy with the City of Arroyo Grande and Caltrans to phase the the Brisco Rd. interchange improvement project. It is likely the reduction in state transportation funding will further delay the ultimate implementation of interchange improvements at Brisco Rd, Grand Ave., and Camino Mercado. Caltrans District 5 is also faced with funding cuts on State Route 46 East. The 46E corridor widening project from US 101 to I5 will likely be cut by $20 million dollars and also experience delays in completing this much needed improvement project.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Rich Murphy at 781-5754 or

SLOCOG Adopts Edna-Price Canyon Trail Study!

At its March meeting, the Board unanimously adopted the Edna-Price Canyon Trail Feasibility Study. The study explored opportunities for, and constraints to, a path for walking, cycling, and equestrian use between SLO and Pismo Beach, through the Edna Valley and Price Canyon. It will now serve as an informational tool for our member jurisdictions to use when it comes time to building segments to complete this trail vision. SLOCOG’s partners – including SLO County, the Cities of SLO and Pismo Beach, and Caltrans – played a pivotal role in the planning process. The consulting team was led by Questa Engineering. An adopted version of the study is available at

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Jeff Brubaker at 788-2104 or

Tell Us Your Transportation Priorities

State and Federal transportation funding is in crisis. In San Luis Obispo County, we face a deficit of $225 million in transportation funding over the next 10 years. Today, we need your input as we explore possible solutions.

Deadline: March 11, 2016


LOVR Ribbon Cutting

Date: Tuesday, March 29

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: Hampton Inn (1530 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo)

Members of the public are welcome to attend!

Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan

Policy Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: Friday, March 18

Time: 10:00-11:30 am 

Location: SLOCOG office (1114 Marsh St., SLO)

The San Luis Obispo County Coastal Regional Sediment Management Plan (CRSMP) is in development, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Natural Resources Agency, Everest International Consultants, Inc. and SLOCOG. A CRSMP frames policy and guidance strategies to restore, create, and maintain coastal beaches and other critical areas of sediment deficit; sustains recreation and tourism; enhances public safety and access; restores coastal sandy habitats; and identifies cost-effective solutions for restoration of areas of excess sediment.

See the CRSMP website ( or contact Geoffrey Chiapella (phone: (805) 781-5190 or email: for more information.

Down the Road...

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

Upcoming items:
  • Self-Help County Status
  • Coordinated Human Services Plan 
  • Ride-On Transportation Triennial Performance Audit
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 - Jan Howell Marx (San Luis Obispo)
Vice President - Lynn Compton (District 4)

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