AMBAG is the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) for the Monterey Bay Area. As the MPO, AMBAG is required to produce certain documents that maintain the region's eligibility for federal transportation assistance which include the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). AMBAG coordinates the development of the MTP 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 (San Benito County Local Transit Authority, Monterey Salinas Transit, and Santa Cruz METRO Transit District), the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District (MBUAPCD), 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.
2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy
AMBAG is developing a technical update to the current 2035 MTP/SCS which was adopted in June 2014. The 2040 MTP/SCS is scheduled for adoption in June 2018.
Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Project (SCSIP)
The goal of the Sustainable Communities Strategy Implementation Project (SCSIP) is to implement the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) by making it possible for sustainable development to be implemented in the region. In order to achieve this goal, the project will develop toolkits that focus on infill housing, transportation strategies and measures and economic development. AMBAG will collaborate with cities to create policies for their general plans and regulations to incorporate into ordinances that would implement the vision of the MTP/SCS.
Moving Forward 2035 Monterey Bay
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is the federally mandated long-range transportation plan for the Monterey Bay Area. This plan lays out a financially constrained list of transportation projects over the following 25 years that will enhance regional mobility as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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: ....