November 3, 2020
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The San Benito Council of Governments (San Benito COG) was formed to develop regional consensus on issues facing San Benito County. San Benito COG is one of three regional transportation planning agencies (RTPA) located in the area of AMBAG, which serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the three county region. San Benito COG is responsible for developing the plan within the county and programming the allocation of funds from the Transportation Development Act to local jurisdictions and transit operators. The agency also serves as the Consolidated Transportation Service Agency to coordinate social service transportation services. In addition, San Benito COG serves and administers the regional transit program as a Local Transportation Authority (the LTA board is the same as the San Benito COG board). The Local Transportation Authority is staffed by a full‐time Transportation Planner and one mechanic.
As a COG, San Benito COG is designated as an Area‐wide Planning Organization by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. This designation carries with it the responsibility to comply with the comprehensive planning responsibilities of Section 701 of the Housing Act of 1954 and subsequent related legislation. The COG also serves as the Airport Land Use Commission for two local airports and the Service Authority for Freeways & Expressways (SAFE).
San Benito COG is a member of the Central Coast Coalition.
Primary Funding Sources:
State and federal transportation funding
Three: The county and two incorporated cities.
The Board of Directors is comprised of 2 members representing the City of Hollister, 1 member representing the City of San Juan Bautista, and 2 members representing the San Benito County Board of Supervisors.
CALCOG Board Representative:
Ignacio Velazquez, Mayor, City of Hollister