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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.

Central Coast Highway 1 Climate Resiliency Study

The Central Coast Highway 1 Climate Resiliency Study is a collaborative project on the Highway 1 corridor near Elkhorn Slough presents significant challenges to the future of transportation in the…

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Central Coast Intelligent Transportation System

The project continues ITS collaboration among the multiple partners working to better unify their ITS planning, programming and project development processes. At the culmination of this effort in…

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Electric Vehicle Planning

AMBAG has prepared a suitability study that identifies the best places for electric vehicle charging stations throughout the tri-county area based on level of activity. The Electric Vehicle…

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for the Monterey Bay Area (2013)
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Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for the Monterey Bay Area (2013)
The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for the Monterey Bay Area plan outlines the process of creating a vehicle activity intensity analysis to help identify potential charging areas in the Monterey Bay Area, and probable infrastructure requirements needed.

Electric Vehicle Planning

AMBAG has prepared a suitability study that identifies the best places for electric vehicle charging stations throughout the tri-county area based on level of activity. The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure for the Monterey Bay Area study, funded by a Monterey Bay Area Unified Air Pollution Control District AB 2766 grant, has been incorporated into other EV plans being developed in the region and is used to help site locations for new EV charging stations.

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2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan & the Sustainable Communities Strategy

AMBAG developed a technical update to the 2035 MTP/SCS which was adopted in June 2014. The 2040 MTP/SCS was adopted in June 2018. Federal and state law requires that AMBAG…

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communiites Strategy
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2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communiites Strategy
The 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy is built on a set of integrated policies, strategies, and investments to maintain and improve the transportation system to meet the diverse needs of the region through 2040.

2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan & the Sustainable Communities Strategy

AMBAG developed a technical update to the 2035 MTP/SCS which was adopted in June 2014. The 2040 MTP/SCS was adopted in June 2018. Federal and state law requires that AMBAG prepare a long-range transportation plan every four years.

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Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan

AMBAG is required to develop a Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan) for the tri-county region. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (…

Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (2018)
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Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (2018)
The Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan 2018 is to identify existing gaps and needs in human service transportation. This also incorporates these needs and presents implementation strategies for closing the gaps and improving the management of mobility services.

Monterey Bay Area Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan

AMBAG is required to develop a Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan (Coordinated Plan) for the tri-county region. Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) legislation, this plan must be completed and used in developing grant applications for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transportation for Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities (Section 5310) grant program. The plan identifies local transit needs for the elderly, disabled, and low-income, and facilitates applications for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310 grant program.

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Monterey Bay Area Sensitive Resources Mapping Project Final Report

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…

Monterey Bay Area Sensitive Resources Mapping Project
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Monterey Bay Area Sensitive Resources Mapping Project
The Monterey Bay Area Sensitive Resources Mapping Project is to identify sensitive resources in the Monterey Bay Area region to give transportation project managers a better understanding of the potential mitigations projects may require, allwoing for long-term resource planning and early mitigation.

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Public Participation Plan

AMBAG incorporates public participation into all of its planning processes. The Public Participation Plan provides guidance in the structuring of regional transportation planning processes to…

Public Participation Plan (2019)
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Public Participation Plan (2019)
The 2019 Public Participation Plan is to establish the process by which the public can participate in transportation planning, programming and project implementation including the development of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy for the AMBAG region and the Regional Transportation Plans for Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

Public Participation Plan

AMBAG incorporates public participation into all of its planning processes. The Public Participation Plan provides guidance in the structuring of regional transportation planning processes to ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, interagency consultation and public participation are an integral and continuing part of the regional transportation decision making process. The participation policies and procedures described in the plan are structured to comply with all applicable federal and state legislation, rules, and express the genuine regional value and interest for all residents to participate in the shaping and implementation of regional policies and decisions regarding the transportation system.

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Regional Clearinghouse

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…

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Regional Freight Planning

Over the next several decades, the Central Coast region can expect to see significant increases in freight movement due to both population increases and a continued expansion of the region’s…

U.S. 101 Central Coast California Freight Strategy Final Report
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U.S. 101 Central Coast California Freight Strategy Final Report
The U.S. 101 Central Coast California Freight Strategy Final Report developed a vision which lays out the strategic direction for this U.S. 101 Corridor Goods Movement System in the Central Coast Region.

Regional Freight Planning

Over the next several decades, the Central Coast region can expect to see significant increases in freight movement due to both population increases and a continued expansion of the region’s agricultural production. As a result of this demand for freight by both the local and national population increases, a focus on enhancing the efficiency and safety of the region’s goods movement system is critical to supporting the economic health of the region and the quality of life for its residents. Given the importance freight and goods movement has in this region AMBAG has conducted planning efforts focused on the enhancement of freight mobility.

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Regional Growth Forecast

The regional growth forecast projects the region's population, housing and employment. The growth forecast is used to support regional planning efforts such as the…

Regional Growth Forecast (2018)
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Appendix A - Regional Growth Forecast (2018)
The 2018 Regional Growth Forecast is a document that projects future years growth with a horizon year of 2040 that matches the planning timeline of the 2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and the model years for the 2018 Regional Travel Demand Model (RTDM).

Regional Growth Forecast

The regional growth forecast projects the region's population, housing and employment. The growth forecast is used to support regional planning efforts such as the Regional Travel Demand Model and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan as well as local planning such as the development of General Plans and project review. However, use of the forecast by local land-use planning agencies is elective.

Developing population, housing and employment forecast estimates for the Monterey Bay region consists of two distinct stages. The first stage is the identification of regional and county level forecast figures through the use of widely accepted forecasting methodologies. The second stage is the disaggregation of county-level forecast numbers to the jurisdictional level.

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Regional Housing Planning

AMBAG prepares the Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA) plan for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The RHNA plan establishes the total number of housing units that each city and county must…

Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan: 2014-2023
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Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan: 2014-2023
The Regional Housing Needs Allocation Plan: 2014-2023 established the total number of housing units that each city and county must plan for within an eight-year planning period.

Regional Housing Planning

AMBAG prepares the Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA) plan for Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. The RHNA plan establishes the total number of housing units that each city and county must plan for within an eight-year planning period. The amount of housing a region must plan for is largely determined by the California Housing and Community Development Department’s (HCD) housing need assessment.

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Title VI Plan

The federally required Title VI Plan is a comprehensive document that guides AMBAG in the Title VI process. AMBAG receives federal funding through Caltrans and therefore is subject to this federal…

Title VI Plan (2018)
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Title VI Plan (2018)
The 2018 Title VI Plan is a federally required comprehensive document that guides AMBAG in the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This plan outlines the process and procedures for AMBAG from 2018-2021. This plan emphasizes the use of public outreach techniques and innovative strategies to specifically include Limited English Proficiency (LEP) populations wihin the region.

Title VI Plan

The federally required Title VI Plan is a comprehensive document that guides AMBAG in the Title VI process. AMBAG receives federal funding through Caltrans and therefore is subject to this federal requirement. In 2012, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) set new guidelines for Caltrans requiring sub-recipients of Caltrans Planning Grants to submit a Title VI Plan to FTA every three years. AMBAG, as a sub-recipient of such funds and as the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Monterey Bay Region, must prepare and adopt a Title VI Plan at least once every three years.

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Planning Directors Forum

The Planning Directors Forum (PDF) consists of planning directors and staff from the 18 cities, three counties, three regional transportation planning agencies, transit agencies, universities and…

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Air Quality Planning

As the designated metropolitan planning organization for the region, AMBAG is responsible for ensuring that transportation projects and plans do not impede the region’s clean air goals. AMBAG is…

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2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan & the 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.Federal and state law requires…

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Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Project

Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Toolkits

Through a series of collaborative meetings in 2016, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) staff, consultants,…

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Central Coast Housing Working Group

Through the adopted FY 2019-20 California Budget (AB 74) and associated housing trailer bill (AB 101), HCD established the Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) Grant program. The Central Coast…

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Regional Housing Needs Assessment Element Cycles

Regional Housing Needs Assessment 6th Housing Element Cycle

AMBAG will be overseeing the 6th…

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Local Housing Planning Support Grants Program

The adopted FY 2019-20 California Budget (AB 74) and the associated housing trailer bill (AB 101) include a new Local Government Planning Support Grants Program. The program is…

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Housing Senate Bills

Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) Housing Planning Grants

In 2017, the Building Homes and Jobs Act (SB 2)…

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