Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG)
Council of Governments
Metropolitan Planning Organization
Regional Transportation Planning Agency
Congestion Management Agency
Regional Housing Needs Assessment
Sales Tax Authority
Airport Land Use Plan
Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies
The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) is a Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) responsible for the multi-modal transportation planning, programming, and fund allocation required by state and federal statutes. This includes the annual allocation of Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds. As the Congestion Management Agency (CMA), SBCAG implements a county-wide Congestion Management Program (CMP) to reduce auto-related congestion through capital improvements, travel demand management, and coordinated land use planning among all local jurisdictions.
As the Local Transportation Authority (LTA), SBCAG is responsible for administering the ½ cent county-wide sales tax authorized by voter approval of Measure A. This tax is projected to generate $1 billion for local and regional transportation projects over thirty years. SBCAG is responsible for the annual allocation of more than $18 million to local agencies, as well as the development and construction of fifteen identified state and regional projects.
As a Council of Governments (COG), SBCAG also serves as a forum for addressing regional and multi-jurisdictional issues. SBCAG is designated as the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) and administering the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) that includes the operation of approximately 350 roadside call boxes. This system is financed by a $1 annual fee on all motor vehicles registered in the county. SBCAG also administers a county-wide Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program that promotes ridesharing, public transportation, biking, walking, telecommuting, and other transportation alternatives. Traffic Solutions also works directly with employers to assist in developing employee transportation programs. Finally, SBCAG has been designated by the State Department of Finance to serve as the affiliate census center for Santa Barbara County. As such, SBCAG serves as the conduit for government and public access to census data.
Local sales tax funding, federal and state transportation funds
9: One county plus eight incorporated cities
U.S. 101 HOV Widening Project–SBCAG’s highest regional transportation priority is the Highway 101 High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) widening project in south Santa Barbara County between Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. The project will widen the last remaining 11-mile two-lane bottleneck on Highway 101 between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara with new part-time HOV lanes. The project is being constructed in four phases and is now 50% complete. The third phase (Linden Avenue/Casitas Pass Interchanges replacement) is currently under construction. The fourth and final phase will begin construction in fiscal year 18/19.
Santa Barbara Passenger Rail Service–SBCAG is working with LOSSAN and their regional agency partners to provide new peak hour passenger rail service connecting west Ventura County to south Santa Barbara County. The new service will help reduce congestion on Highway 101 and provide commuters with an alternative to driving.
The map below shows the completed and planned phases of the Highway 101 HOV Widening Project:
SBCAG recently hired a new Executive Director, Marjie Kirn (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Marjie Kirn is the Executive Director of the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Regional Transportation Planning Agency and Local Transportation Authority for Santa Barbara County. The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments is responsible for managing a $1.5 billion 30-year transportation improvement program with 19 employees. Prior to joining SBCAG, Ms. Kirn was the Executive Director of the Merced County Association of Governments for the past four years. She was Deputy Director for the agency for 12 years prior to being promoted to Executive Director. Ms. Kirn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. She is married and has three children.
The Policy Board is comprised of 8 mayors and Councilmembers from each of the incorporated cities within Santa Barbara County, 5 members representing the County Board of Supervisors, 1 ex-officio member representing Caltrans District 5, 1 ex-officio member representing the 19th Senate District, and 2 ex-officio members representing the 35th and 37th Assembly Districts.