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

Regional Freight Planning

Senate Bill 375 & the Sustainable Communities Strategy

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.

The Blueprint and the Sustainable Communities Strategy

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."

Frequently Asked Questions About the Sustainable Communities Strategy

What will the Sustainable Communities Strategy include?

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

Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Project (SCSIP)

Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Toolkits

2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy

AMBAG is developing the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS). The 2045 MTP/SCS is scheduled for adoption in June 2022.