- Transportation Planning
2014 Valley Vision Stanislaus
As the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the Stanislaus region, StanCOG is in the process of updating its Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) called Valley Vision Stanislaus. It is a long range planning document that will provide the framework for investments in roads, freeways, public transit, bike trails and other ways people move around Stanislaus County for the next 28 years. It includes a plan to accommodate the region's future housing needs and help us comply with new State-mandated legislation to reduce greenhouse gases.
The Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Stanislaus County in the San Joaquin Valley and is responsible for regional transportation planning. As a result of this designation, StanCOG prepares the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), The (Federal) Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP), and associated conformity analyses.
The Stanislaus Council of Governments received a grant through the State Department of Business, Transportation and Housing's California Blueprint Program to help develop a regional approach to transportation and land use decisions through county level public involvement and the development of scenario planning mapping tools. Elected officials from each city and county throughout the valley will determine how their jurisdictions will accommodate the regional vision.
Congestion Management Process (CMP)
A Congestion Management Process (CMP) is an important Federal requirement in the metropolitan transportation planning process, as it employs an objectives-driven, performance-based approach to planning for congestion management that ensures that investment decisions are made with a clear focus on desired outcomes.
Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Study
The Stanislaus Council of Government’s 2022 Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure Study was conducted for the purpose of developing a roadmap for increasing electric vehicle charging infrastructure, facilitating electric vehicle penetration, and improving air quality in the Stanislaus Region.
Environmental Justice Analysis
Executive Order 12898, commonly referred to as 'Environmental Justice' is a follow-up Order to Title VI, which was part of the Civil Rights Act, passed in 1964. Title VI stated that each federal agency or agency receiving federal dollars, is required to ensure that no person is excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability or religion. Environmental Justice, took this mandate a step further by including 'low-income' and 'minority' populations to avoid ‘disproportionately high and adverse effects of the planning and outreach efforts by Federal agencies and agencies receiving federal monies.
Inspired by successful high-speed train systems worldwide, California's electrically powered high-speed trains will help the state meet ever-growing demands on its transportation infrastructure. Initially running from San Francisco to Los Angeles/Anaheim via the Central Valley, and later to Sacramento and San Diego, high-speed trains will travel between LA and San Francisco in under 2 hours and 40 minutes, at speeds of up to 220 mph, and will interconnect with other transportation alternatives, providing an environmentally friendly option to traveling by plane or car.
Non-Motorized Transportation Plan
The Non-Motorized Transportation Plan is a countywide document intended to guide efforts to improve bicycling and walking conditions at the local level across the Stanislaus region.
Regional Expressway Study (RES)
Stanislaus County is one of the fastest growing regions in California and the nation. The region has seen a very large influx of population in the last 30 years and this trend is expected to continue over the next 30 years. Local and regional traffic conditions are increasingly congested and without substantial transportation improvements, the problem will only get worse.
Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) is a state mandated process whereby the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) quantifies existing and future housing needs for each region across the state and allocates each region's housing need in response to their projected population and household growth. State law (Government Code §65584) further requires the region's local governments to plan for enough housing to meet the region's need in the Housing Element of their General Plan. StanCOG, as the Council of Governments (COG), is required by state law to develop and adopt a methodology for allocating a portion of the RHNA determination to each jurisdiction within the Stanislaus region.
Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)
The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) is the region's blueprint for future transportation improvements and investments based on specific transportation goals and objectives defined by StanCOG, the public and elected officials. The RTP is a 25 year planning tool prepared by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to encourage and promote the safe and efficient management, operation and development of a regional intermodal transportation system that will serve the mobility needs of goods and people. The RTP covers all modes of a complete transportation system, including roadways, transit, bicycle/pedestrian improvements and aviation.
Regional Pavement Management Program (PMP)
Pavement management is the process of planning the maintenance and repair of a network of roadways or other paved facilities to optimize pavement conditions over the network. A Pavement Management Program (PMP) is a decision-making tool employed to assess and track existing and historical pavement condition, and it is used to make cost-effective decisions about pavement maintenance and rehabilitation treatments necessary for maintaining a network of roadways in a state of good repair.
Community Transportation Needs Assessment - Bystrom and Empire
The Community Transportation Needs Assessment provides a multimodal analysis for assessing the condition of the local transportation network in the unincorporated communities of Empire and Bystrom. The analysis of conditions, needs, and improvement strategies was conducted through a comprehensive technical analysis, supported by field reconnaissance, and intensive public outreach. The plan presents four mobility enhancement concept layouts, which identify proposed transportation improvements for enhancing safety, mobility and connectivity along two priority corridors in each community.