NEWS: SLOCOG Awards Five Projects to Improve Transit within the Region
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Contact: Anna Devers
(805) 781-4219

SLOCOG Awards Five Projects to Improve Transit within the Region

San Luis Obispo, Calif. (June 7, 2019) – On Wednesday, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) Board of Directors awarded funds for five transit projects totaling $875,809. These new funding awards will help improve and maintain the region’s transit system.
Both Rural Transit Funds and Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) State of Good Repair funds will be used for the following transit capital projects and rural regional transit service operations in Fiscal Year (FY) 2019/20:
New RTA Bus Maintenance Facility $15,148 
RTA Operating Assistance 2019/20 $300,000 
Morro Bay Replacement Trolley                $174,305 
Morro Bay Transit Hub Improvements (Phase I) $194,356 
SLO Transit Farebox Replacement $192,000 

Please see below for details on the aforementioned five projects.
New RTA Bus Maintenance Facility ($15,148): The new San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Bus Maintenance Facility will meet RTA’s long-term needs by housing operations, maintenance, and administration in one building. This funding allocation is an extension of previous investments for different phases of this project. RTA is currently pursuing other methods to finance the balance of this project. If the project proceeds as scheduled, the new facility could be operational by November 2021.
RTA Operating Assistance FY 2019/20 ($300,000): RTA provides fixed-route and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) paratransit services to rural areas throughout San Luis Obispo County. Rural Transit Funds provided operating assistance that will maintain existing rural transit service levels and fund additional operating assistance through the next fiscal year.

Morro Bay New Replacement Trolley ($174,305): The Morro Bay Trolley service is a seasonal transit service with three trolley routes in Morro Bay from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. This new trolley is expected to be on the road as early as May 2020 and will replace an existing one nearing the end of its life. The replacement will be lift-equipped and include exterior graphics, farebox, and installation of communications equipment. The City of Morro Bay is using their own Transportation Development Act funding to make up the difference in costs.

Morro Bay City Park Transit Hub Improvements - Phase 1 ($194,356): A recent study in Morro Bay identified bus stop improvements at the current transfer center bus stop located at the City Park on Harbor Street, as well as a new site location for the hub itself. The new City Park Transit Hub location on Harbor Street is currently under review. The City of Morro Bay is contributing an additional $35,000 of Local Transportation Funds for Phase 1 of the project, as well as their operator apportionment from SB 1 funds. Phase 1 improvements could begin as early as July 2019 for pre-development activities; the second (and final) phase of the project will include on-site improvements.

SLO Transit Farebox Replacement ($192,000): This project funds the purchase of 12 new fareboxes for SLO Transit revenue vehicles to replace their current fleet of salvaged fareboxes that have lasted almost 17 years. These existing fareboxes regularly experience maintenance issues and the manufacturer no longer supports many replacement parts.
A reliable and efficient public transit system is essential for achieving quality of life and prosperity in the San Luis Obispo region, and these new funding awards will help the region’s residents get to where they need to go – be it work, school, or a doctor’s appointment. As we position the region for future growth, an enhanced transit system will improve our region’s economic competitiveness and our ability to attract business, industry, workers, and tourists.
On that note, SLO Transit is increasing service to the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport – effective June 17. Route 1B will extend to serve the airport. This route extension, combined with existing Route 1A, will increase bus service frequency to twice an hour on weekdays. Additionally, SLO County youth can use many transit services for free all summer long, starting this weekend. Click HERE to learn more about SLOCOG’s Youth Ride Free program.
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo region. Its members include San Luis Obispo County and its seven cities (Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Grover Beach, Morro Bay, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, and San Luis Obispo) as well as unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common regional problems and suggest solutions. SLOCOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, SLOCOG plans and provides funding for public transit services, highway and roadway improvements, and other alternative methods of transportation. 
CONTACT: Anna Devers I Public Information Officer I I (805) 781-4219
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