Welcome To Kern COG!

Kern COG is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Kern Region as designated by the Federal government, and the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) as designated by the State of California.  It is responsible for developing and updating a variety of transportation plans and for allocating the federal and state funds to implement them. While regional transportation planning is its primary role, Kern COG is also involved in other issues that affect the entire region such as air quality.  Kern COG provides the forum that brings mayors, city council members and county supervisors together to work on regional issues in a setting that promotes the involvement of the public in the planning process for the Kern region.

Directions to 2050
Share your priorities for the future of Kern!

Directions to 2050 is a regional plan to achieve long-term quality of life through transportation, land use, air quality, and energy efficiency goals. Visit our website at www.directionsto2050.com. for more information.


Kern 511 is all new


Check out kern511.org for live traffic feeds, travel times, public transit links and much more. Kern 511 is Kern County’s premiere source of traveler information.
 Kern 511


2018 Regional Transportation Plan – Notice of Final Adoption

Kern COG’s proposed 2018 long-range Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and its environmental impact report as well as the Draft 2019 short-range Federal Transportation Improvement Program, and air quality analysis are being considered for adoption concluding a four year comprehensive public outreach process that garnered input from more than 6,000 participants. These documents provide an outline of major transportation expenditures over the next 24 years. Review a copy at Kern COG’s office, or online. For info call 661.635.2910

6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2018
Kern Council of Governments
Board Room
1401 19th St. Suite 300
Bakersfield, CA 93301

Regional Planning Advisory Committee Community At-Large Members – Applications now being accepted

Kern Council of Governments is accepting applications for a community member to join its Regional Planning Advisory Committee (RPAC) as a voting member.

The Regional Planning Advisory Committee reviews and offers recommendations on key activities associated with regional transportation plans and other planning issues, including California’s SB 375 implementation. The goal of the Kern COG RPAC is to seek all points of view from Kern COG members and agency partners working to reach consensus on issues.

Click here for more information and application – RPAC At-Large Application Packet.


Making Downtown Bakersfield

The City of Bakersfield, in partnership with and funding from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, has begun the process to develop a High-Speed Rail Station Area Plan for Downtown Bakersfield. Information on the Plan can be found here.


Kern COG Quarterly Newsletter

A widening project on State Route 46 has received a major funding infusion from Kern COG’s sister agencies throughout California, while public workshops on the Regional Transportation Plan have attracted more the 400 participants to date. Find these stories and many others in the summer Kern COG Quarterly.


Projects of Regional Significance Progress Report

The July 2018 edition of the Progress Report for Projects of Regional Significance is now available.

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