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Zero Funding for Future Highway Improvements 

In June of this year, State funding for highway improvements to address congested areas and interchanges on 101, 227, and 46 was expected to be $15M for programming in 2020 or 2021, in addition to providing competitive funding to Caltrans for Highway 46 widening. But with the decline of the price-based excise fuel tax by 30%, the new highway funds for the state and our region’s problems is zero. A few low cost projects will move forward under separate funding, but these funding sources won’t likely increase to address all of the similar transportation needs and requests.

More information can be found in the staff report.

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

Slow Going as the Transportation Funding Picture Grows Bleak

Diminishing highway funding will affect all regions in the State. However, voters in 20 California counties have passed Local Option Sales Tax measures for the specific purpose of improving their local transportation systems. SLOCOG contracted a consultant to poll 600 voters on their affordability of a new tax, their trust that it would be spent wisely and the need for transportation improvements. Ultimately, most of the projects polled found support greater than the poll conducted in 2011, but willingness to increase taxes came in below the required 2/3rd level of support.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact James Worthley at 805-788-2002 or

Status of State and Federal Transportation Legislation

Congress approved the 35th extension of the Transportation Reauthorization program, or MAP-21, to continue to fund non-highway programs. To date, there is no clear consensus to move forward on a new multi-year program or how to fund it given that MAP-21 now expends nearly 50% more than it collects in the outdated fuel tax.

At the State level, a flurry of legislative activity is occurring. The focus is "fix it first" to address deferred maintenance on highways and local streets and roads. Only $3M might be seen in 2020 (at the earliest) to address highway congestion such as 101 in South County, Highway 227 and a number of other congested interchanges.

More information can be found in the staff report.

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

Safe Routes to School Parent Survey 

This survey was conducted to gain a better understanding of parent perceptions of children using alternative modes commuting to school. The one month survey period resulted in 1,428 survey responses. This data provides the program with a baseline to monitor program effectiveness, supports new grant applications - infrastructure and non-infrastructure, and will inform the SRTS Prioritization Tool. The tool will be created during this fiscal year and will provide guidance on current infrastructure needs. The data from this survey will can be seen at and School District reports will be published in October.

More information can be found in the staff report. 

Questions? Contact Sara Sanders at 805-781-1385 or

2014 Aerial Imaging Project Nearing Completion

Coordinating with agency GIS staff around the region, the 2014 aerial photography project is the first project of the SLO Regional GIS Collaborative (SLORGC), an organization meant to coordinate making strategic investments in regional GIS products and projects to benefit public agencies around the region. SLOCOG staff coordinates communication of the SLORGC and is the lead agency for the imagery project. In July 2014 the SLOCOG Board approved a contract for services for $122,088 with Sanborn Map Company, Inc. to procure new countywide aerial photography. SLOCOG, the seven cities and the County contributed funding to this project. The project is completed and SLOCOG is anticipating product delivery in the coming days.

Upon receipt of the 2014 imagery files, SLOCOG staff will coordinate distribution, with priority being given to those agencies that have financially contributed to the project. SLOCOG also intends to coordinate with USGS to host the imagery files on a web portal, similar to how SLO County made 2011 imagery files accessible. Instructions for accessing the 2014 imagery files will be forthcoming.

Questions? Contact Geoffrey Chiapella at 805-781-5190 or

2015 FTIP Amendment No. 7

The 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) for the San Luis Obispo County Region was adopted by the SLOCOG Board on September 10, 2014. This seventh amendment to the 2015 FTIP requires a public hearing for the inclusion of projects funded by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). The SHOPP projects involve the replacement and widening of bridges on State Routes 1 and 58 and a new bridge rail replacement project added to the Emergency Repair grouped project listing. This includes providing new northbound shoulders on Highway 1 in Morro Bay, improving safety for cyclists. Amendment No. 7 meets all FHWA and FTA requirements and SLOCOG procedures identified in the 2013 Public Participation Plan. Previously approved amendment correspondence can be found in the FTIP section of the SLOCOG website ( under programming.

More information can be found in the staff report.
Questions? Contact Rich Murphy at 805-781-5754 or

Resolution of Appreciation for Michael Harmon

Michael Harmon began his career in public service as a Transportation Planner on January 12, 1987. At the August meeting, the SLOCOG Board recognized and thanked Michael Harmon for his 28 years of service to SLOCOG.

Mike will retire on August 14, 2015 and plans to visit family around the country, travel around the world, meet new people, join car clubs and attend car rallies and provide free advice on the state of transportation infrastructure to anyone who will listen.

We wish him the best of health and happiness in his retirement!

Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan

Coordinated Human Service Public Transportation Plan identifies transportation needs of seniors, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with low incomes. This document provides guidance for meeting transportation needs of these populations and prioritizes transportation investments for funding and implementation.

On Tuesday, August 11th, 2015, SLO Regional Rideshare hosted a small workshop with community stakeholders to go over the current deliverables and provide more direction on the outcomes of the final plan. The next opportunity to provide feedback on the plan will be on October 6th for the Mobility Management Workshop. More information on the third annual event will be available later this month.

For any questions or comments, please contact Sara Sanders:
781-1385 -or-

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Upcoming items:
  • Update on Transportation Funding
  • Rideshare Program Update
  • Draft Southern SLO County Anza Trail Corridor Plan
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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          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