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2016 State Transportation Improvement Program Update

At the February Board meeting, staff updated the SLOCOG Board on schedule changes affecting the adoption of the 2016 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and the potential implications to SLOCOG’s surface transportation program. The surface transportation program approved in December by the SLOCOG Board was developed to be consistent with the Fund Estimate (FE) adopted by the CTC in July (No new highway funding was identified in the July FE). On January 21st 2016, revisions to the Fund Estimate were presented to the CTC by Caltrans Department of Budget and Finance. The revised Fund Estimate reduces the STIP by $800M, or approximately 30% of the five year capital improvement program. As a result, the CTC staff will direct regional agencies in the coming days to modify all programming recommendations with instructions to delete or delay projects. Revised programming recommendations will be presented to the SLOCOG Board March 2nd. 

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Rich Murphy at 781-5754 or

FY 2015/16 Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) Funding Awarded

The SLOCOG Board approved $291,301 in LCTOP funding to construct a new RTA/Paso Robles transit facility to accommodate expanded RTA Route 9 express service in the North County using 45 foot over-the-road (OTR) coaches. LCTOP provides operating and capital assistance for transit agencies with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Eligible LCTOP projects must meet all the following criteria:
1. Supports new or expanded bus or rail services, or expanded intermodal transit facilities. 

2. Recipient agency demonstrates expenditure:
  • Enhances or expands transit service to increase mode share, and
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
The new facility will increase, expand, and enhance transit service and efficiency in the North County. Staff will continue to coordinate with the County, RTA and the City of Paso Robles to secure the balance of funding and address the proposed River Trail multi-use path.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Tim Gillham at 781-1520 or

Edna-Price Canyon Trail Feasibility Study

At its February 3 meeting, the SLOCOG Board postponed a decision on adoption of this trail study. It will be back on the March 2 agenda. The postponement allows more time for staff to respond to comments on the trail segment through the Arroyo Grande Oil Field (AGOF), modify the study as appropriate, and make other finishing touches.  In the AGOF area, the draft study recommends an interim trail route along Price Canyon Rd., with the primary route – expected to be a long-term option – using an easement on the AGOF that will likely be accepted after cessation of oil field operations.

More information can be found in the staff report.

Questions? Contact Jeff Brubaker at 788-2104 or

SLOCOG Wins Best Workplaces for Commuters "Best Supporting Agency" Award! 

Best Workplaces for Commuters is a program designed to encourage sustainable transportation innovation nationwide. SLOCOG was recently presented with the Race to Excellence "Best Supporting Agency" Award for taking exemplary steps to offer support for transportation options such as vanpool and transit benefits or telework and compressed workweek for county employers. 

James Worthley assumes new role as SLOCOG Planning Director 

Former Senior Planner James Worthley was recently promoted to Planning Director following 17 total years of service at SLOCOG. James made his start at SLOCOG in July of 1996. He left the agency in 1999, but returned in 2001 and has continued to provide planning leadership to the agency over the past 14 years. Congratulations, James!

Down the Road...

The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Upcoming items:
  • 2016 STIP Recommendations 
  • Edna-Price Canyon Trail Feasibility 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