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Self-Help Measure to be Placed on November 8th Ballot as Measure J 

On July 19th, the County Board of Supervisors took the final step in a year long process to place the region’s first transportation-only revenue generating sales tax on the November 2016 ballot. The San Luis Obispo County Self-Help Local Transportation Investment Plan will now go to the voters this Fall as Measure J on the ballot. The measure proposes a 9-year, countywide half-percent sales tax to fund only local and regional transportation priorities. The Plan, which was heavily influenced by a comprehensive public outreach program that asked residents to identify their priorities for future transportation programs and projects, was also approved by all seven cities in the County and the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments.

More information can be found at

Submitted Active Transportation Cycle 3 Grants

Ten applications have been submitted by member agencies for funding consideration through the Active Transportation Program Cycle 3 grant. The
ATP program guidelines encourage Metropolitan Planning Organizations to evaluate the regional significance of candidate ATP grant applications and determine how local priorities relate to the regional priorities established in long range planning documents in advance of their submittal for grant funding.

In June, the SLOCOG Board authorized match funding for each grant application submitted. SLOCOG staff found the likelihood of funding one project, the Atascadero to Templeton Connector, questionable without a higher regional funding contribution. To improve statewide competitiveness, staff increased the local match in the grant application from $275k to $2.5M, subject to the passage of Measure J.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Rich Murphy at 781-5754 or

Draft 2017 FTIP Available for Comment

The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is the document that lists projects to be funded with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funds for the next one-to-four year period. The FTIP is the process by which the Regional Transportation Plan is implemented. It does so through providing an orderly allocation of federal, state and local funds for use in planning and building specific transportation projects.

The Draft 2017 FTIP is posted on the SLOCOG website here and will be circulated for public comment for twenty-eight days.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact John DiNunzio at 781-5764 or

Airport Ground Access Study

The San Luis Obispo County Airport Ground Access Plan is a federally required document to evaluate access routes to the three public airports in the county: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, Paso Robles Municipal Airport and Oceano County Airport. Studying the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport, this document considers recently completed and in-progress projects, proposed projects, airport wayfinding signage, transit access, private vehicle operations and recommendations for farther ground access improvements. Similarly, access to the Paso Robles Municipal Airport reflects proposed projects, wayfinding signage and a series of recommendations. Finally, the Oceano County Airport discussion incorporates existing conditions, proposed projects, wayfinding signage, and recommendations. 
More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Ben Rady at 781-1021 or

Coast Daylight Feasibility Study Accepted

This new study evaluated several alternatives for rail services between San Diego, Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and San Francisco. The report found and recommended that Amtrak extend the current mid-day San Luis Obispo train service(s) to the south (San Diego) and the North (San Jose) for an incremental cost of $3.1 million per year. This is less than a 3% increase to the State’s support, but excludes the capital access fees required by the railroad. The Coast Rail Coordinating Council, which is a coalition of transportation agencies LA-SF, continues to advocate for new passenger rail services on the Coast Route. The State focus is on High Speed Rail in the San Joaquin Valley and efficiency improvements to existing services. The study is available at  
More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Pete Rodgers at 781-5712 or

SLO Regional Rideshare Triannual Report Available

SLOCOG Staff Recognitions

The SLOCOG Board recognized the following Staff Members for their years of service to the agency:

Peter Rodgers 
25 Years of Service

Penelope McCullough 
15 Years of Service

Aida Nicklin 
15 Years of Service

Lori Kramer 
5 Years of Service

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, 
Wednesday, October 12, 2016. 

Upcoming items:
  • Draft State Route 227 Operations Study
  • Draft 2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program
  • Airport Ground Access Study
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