In 2015, Western Riverside Council of Governments took over the management of a habitat conservation plan to protect the Stephen Kangaroo Rat as a way to achieve governmental efficiencies and reduce costs. It working for WRCOG and the rats.
CALCOG has partnered with the Caltrans and the California Emerging Technology Foundation to develop a map of near term transportation projects in rural areas that can help facilitate the extension of broadband to underserved areas.
GoHuman is SCAG's community outreach campaign to increase safety and encourage people to walk and bike more through education, advocacy, and events that help residents re-imagine their streets to promote safe walking and biking. Update: SCAG just received a grant for another year of funding for this program.
The second class of the California Academy for Regional Leaders includes 26 up and coming professional staff from regional agencies across the state as well as representatives from Caltrans, Federal Highways Administration, and transit agencies.
OC FLEX, OCTA;s Microtransit pilot program, just completed its first year of a pilot program in two areas where there is little demand for full fixed-route service. In the coming months OCTA will be reviewing the service's performance.
For the past 12 years, the Butte County Association of Governments has been facilitating a multi-species conservation plan that will provide comprehensive protection for endangered species and streamline permitting city, county and transportation projects throughout the county.
Executives from the Newsom Administration have forwarded a framework called "Regions Rise Together" to develop a vision for inclusive and resilient economic development and sustainable land use and transportation planning across California regions. CALCOG has fully engaged in these discussions.
A highlight of the joint ARB-CTC meeting was the joint presentation by the 8 valley metropolitan planning organizations. Their presentations highlight several programs throughout the region that were bearing fruit in terms of community building and reducing emissions.
Two bond rating institutions have upgraded RCTC's revenue bonds on the 91 Express Lanes.
LA Metro recently published a first-of-its-kind study (in the US) entitled "Understanding How Women Travel.” It is a frank assessment of the challenges faced by women when using the Metro system – from traveling with kids and strollers to safety to fares.
South Bay Cities Council of Government work with member cities to consolidate purchasing power to create a ring of broadband fiber that will improve transportation management and, in the future, can be used for other services to spur the local economy.
Now, the infamous Cholame intersection of State Highways 41 and 46 in San Luis Obispo County that claimed the life of James Dean 64 years ago is finally getting fixed--in large part due to the influx of funding that came from SB 1.
Phil Dow and Art Dao set to retire after long and distinguished careers in regional government and transportation project delivery.
WRCOG starts a bi-weekly podcast to inform its members and the public about its programs.