Planning

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the tri-county Monterey Bay Region. It is the lead agency responsible for developing and administering the transportation plans and programs that receive federal funds in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. As the MPO, AMBAG act as a forum for cooperative decision making in the development of transportation plans, programs and recommendations. AMBAG also provides opportunities for citizens to participate in the discussion of specific transportation issues and projects, and encourages the public to get involved throughout the Metropolitan Transportation Planning process.

AMBAG works with Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (San Benito County Council of Governments, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County), Transit Providers (Monterey Salinas Transit and Santa Cruz METRO Transit District), the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD), state and federal governments, and organizations having interest in or responsibility for transportation planning and programming. AMBAG also coordinates transportation planning and programming activities with the three counties and eighteen local jurisdictions within the tri-county Monterey Bay Region.

Planning Programs

A focused study of transportation alternatives in rural areas which could help establish transportation strategies and projects that are coordinated with land use policies and economic development

This planning effort identifies sensitive resources in the Monterey Bay Area region to give transportation project managers a better understanding of the potential mitigations projects may require,

The federally required 2015 Title VI Plan is a comprehensive document that guides AMBAG in the Title VI process.

Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan: 2014 - 2023

AMBAG holds a seat on the Steering Committee for the Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance (MBEVA).

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) incorporates public participation into all of its planning processes.

ITS technologies are generally considered to be the incorporation of advanced technology into all parts of the transportation system to improve the movement of people, goods, services and information.

The Monterey Bay Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) is the region’s short range transportation programming document that contains transportation improvement projects including public mass transit, highway, bridge, local road, bicycle and pedestrian projects proposed for funding based on anticipated available federal, state and local funding over the next four years (currently FFY 2014-15 to 2017-18).

Draft 2018 Regional Growth Forecast

The Clearinghouse newsletter allows for the notification, review and evaluation of federal, state and local development and planning activities that have a potentially significant impact on the environment per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

The Central Coast Joint Data Committee (CCJDC) is a partnership of public and private agencies who agree to share spatial data about the 5-county region of the Central Coast of California, from San Mateo through Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey to San Luis Obispo County.

Metropolitan Transportation Plan & the Sustainable Communities Strategy

AMBAG is the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) for the Monterey Bay Area. As the MPO, AMBAG is required to produce certain documents that maintain the region's eligibility for federal transportation assistance which include the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). AMBAG coordinates the development of the MTP with Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (San Benito County Council of Governments, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County), transit providers (San Benito County Local Transit Authority, Monterey Salinas Transit, and Santa Cruz METRO Transit District), the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD), state and federal governments, and organizations having interest in or responsibility for transportation planning and programming. AMBAG also coordinates transportation planning and programming activities with the three counties and eighteen local jurisdictions within the tri-county Monterey Bay Region.

Senate Bill 375, passed in late 2008, requires the 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO) in California to reduce per capita vehicle miles traveled and related greenhouse gases through a coordinated land use and transportation plan called the Sustainable Communities Strategy, or SCS.

Published: Yes

In 2011, AMBAG completed a regional vision plan entitled Envisioning the Monterey Bay Area: A Blueprint for Sustainable Growth and Smart Infrastructure, commonly referred to as "The Blueprint."

Published: Yes

What will the Sustainable Communities Strategy include?

SB 375 provides an outline for what the Sustainable Communities Strategy will contain, as follows:

Published: Yes

The goal of the Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Project (SCSIP) is to implement the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) by making it possible

Published: Yes

In collaboration with Caltrans District Five, Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, San Luis Obispo Council of Governments and the three regional RTPAs, AMBAG produced the Central Coast Commercial Flows Study.

One of the key factors in maintaining the region's agricultural industry's competitiveness is to provide additional methods of shipping products to the main markets, which are primarily located in the eastern U.S. With upward pricing pressure on the trucking industry due to rising fuel costs, and other factors that are discussed in the Salinas Valley Truck-to-Rail report, agricultural shippers are looking for alternatives for their transportation needs; the rail system is one of the main options available.

AMBAG completed an update to the Regional Airport System Plan for the airports in the Monterey Bay Area Region. AMBAG is responsible for regional airport system planning as part of our role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

AMBAG in cooperation with Caltrans, the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission, the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, the Council of San Benito County Governments, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments, and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments is preparing a goods movement plan for the US Highway 101 corridor along the California Central Coast from San Benito County to the North to Santa Barbara County in the South. This strategic plan will result in a plan to improve freight movement along the US Highway 101 corridor and key connecting routes, identify opportunities to improve freight movement, improve general traffic movement, and preserve the highway system.