2018 Regional Transportation Plan



To: Interested agencies and individuals

Subject: Notice of Preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (including a Sustainable Communities Strategy)

Date: May 1, 2017

Lead Agency:
Kern Council of Governments
1401 19th Street, Suite 300
Bakersfield, California 93301

The Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG), as Lead Agency, is publishing this Notice of Preparation (NOP) to prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), which will include a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). Kern COG is preparing an RTP as required by Section 65080 et seq, of Chapter 2.5 of the California Government Code, and federal guidelines pursuant to the federal surface transportation reauthorization, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the Transportation Conformity in the Air Quality Attainment Plan per 40 CFR Part 51 and 40 CFR Part 93, and requirements set forth in Assembly Bill 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Senate Bill 375, The Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, Senate Bill 32, California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions limit (2016) and Assembly Bill 197, State Air Resources Board, greenhouse gases: regulations (2016).

Kern COG is soliciting views from your agency as to the scope and content of the environmental issues to be included in the EIR. Kern COG seeks input from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as other interested parties, on issues relevant to the RTP (including the SCS). The project location, description, and the expected scope of environmental analysis are described in the attached document.

Notice of Preparation of a Program Environmental Impact Report for the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan

2014 Regional Transportation Plan

At the center of the transportation planning process is the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The RTP is a long-term (20-year) general plan for the region’s transportation network, and encompasses projects for all types of travel, including aviation and freight movement. The plan assesses environmental impacts of proposed projects, and establishes air quality conformity as required by federal regulations. The document also discusses inter-modal and multi-modal transportation activities.

2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) June 2014
2014 RTP PEIR June 2014
2014 RTP Amendment No. 1 December 2016
2014 SCS approval letter August 2015


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