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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.


 2021 RTP


2022 RTP



Kern 511


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.
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CMAQ & RSTP Call for Projects

Announcing the 2023 Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) Call for Projects!

Please visit www.kerncog.org/call-for-projects/ for more information. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on July 17, 2023.


Draft 2023 Public Involvement Procedures & Policies Public Comment Period

The 2017 Regional Transportation Plan Guidelines require Kern COG to have Public Involvement Procedures & Policies prior to developing its 2026 Regional Transportation Plan. The Guidelines also require a 45-day public comment period prior to approval by the Kern COG Board. The comment period is from May 1 to June 15, 2023.

The Draft 2023 Public Involvement Procedures & Polices are available here.


Draft KARGO Study Phase II

Kern Council of Governments has partnered with Caltrans to develop the Phase II Kern Area Regional Goods Movement and Operations (KARGO) Study. The Phase II Study was drafted to analyze the impacts of the growing goods movement industry in Kern County on the transportation system and nearby land uses and look at funding mechanisms and policies to mitigate those impacts. Comments are due May 24, 2023. The final document will be presented to the Kern COG Board on June 15th 2023. For more information, contact Rob Ball at 661-635-2902.

The Draft Phase II Study is available here.


2020-2021 Annual Report

Kern COG’s Annual Report provides an overview of the results achieved by various projects conducted throughout the fiscal year.. The latest issue is available here.


Kern COG News & Events

Kern COG’s traditional newsletter, the Kern COG News & Events, is published up to twelve times a year and is designed to keep the public informed of Kern COG activities. The latest issue is available here.


Projects of Regional Significance Progress Report

The April 2023 edition of the Progress Report for Projects of Regional Significance is now available.

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