Re­gional Plan­ning Agency Seeks In­put On Trans­porta­tion

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The San Joaquin Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments (SJCOG) is up­dat­ing its Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Plan and Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Strat­egy to re­flect the needs of a grow­ing re­gion.

In the spring, SJCOG hosted pub­lic work­shops, and par­tic­i­pated in a num­ber of com­mu­nity meet­ings and events through­out San Joaquin County to gather ini­tial in­put on trans­porta­tion needs in the re­gion. More than 1000 res­i­dents added their voice to a con­ver­sa­tion about con­nect­ing San Joaquin County. With the in­put gath­ered, trans­porta­tion plan­ners have drafted sce­nar­ios rep­re­sent­ing po­ten­tial al­ter­na­tive fu­tures for the re­gion.

“Trans­porta­tion is about more than just cars and roads,” said Kim An­der­son, project man­ager at SJCOG. “It’s about pro­vid­ing al­ter­na­tive and sus­tain­able ways to con­nect res­i­dents to the places they need to go, both within the county and be­yond.” Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to pro­vide feed­back by par­tic­i­pat­ing in an in­ter­ac­tive on­line ac­tiv­ity guid­ing them through ques­tions and sce­nar­ios re­lated to cars, pub­lic tran­sit, walk­ing, and bi­cy­cling.

The dead­line has been ex­tended for lo­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion; the English pub­lic in­put por­tal will be avail­able on line at www.sjcog.org/rtp un­til Fri­day, Oct. 13, with the Span­ish pub­lic in­put por­tal open at the same ad­dress un­til Fri­day, Oct. 20.

“The goal of our Re­gional Trans­porta­tion Plan and Sus­tain­able Com­mu­ni­ties Strat­egy is to look at what the re­gion needs to­mor­row, as well as to­day,” said An­der­son. “As one of the fastest grow­ing coun­ties in the na­tion, we need to en­sure a trans­porta­tion sys­tem that ad­dresses sus­tain­abil­ity and serves the needs of our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties.”

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.sjcog.org/rtp. For ques­tions or in­for­ma­tion about the RTP/SCS, con­tact Chris­tine Cor­rales, As­so­ciate Re­gional Plan­ner at (209) 235-0128 or cor­rales@sjcog.org.

The San Joaquin Coun­cil of Gov­ern­ments is a joint pow­ers au­thor­ity com­prised of the County of San Joaquin and the cities of Stock­ton, Lodi, Man­teca, Tracy, Ripon, Escalon, and Lathrop.

The agency serves as the fed­er­ally-des­ig­nated metropoli­tan plan­ning or­ga­ni­za­tion, the state des­ig­nated re­gional trans­porta­tion plan­ning agency, the im­ple­ment­ing agency for the habi­tat con­ser­va­tion pro­gram, the lo­cal trans­porta­tion au­thor­ity (over­see­ing Mea­sure K, the lo­cal half­cent trans­porta­tion sales tax), and as a tech­ni­cal re­source for the San Joaquin re­gion.

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