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 for more information.


Kern 511


Check out 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


Public Involvement Session Notice

Scheduled opportunity for you to talk directly with Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in open public meeting session concerning your views on the transportation planning process in the Bakersfield, Kern County Metropolitan Area is scheduled for:

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2019
1410 19th St., Suite 300 in Bakersfield.

The public meeting is part of a review that will assess compliance with Federal regulations pertaining to the transportation planning process conducted by the Kern Council of Governments, the California Department of Transportation, local transit operators, and local units of government in the Bakersfield, Kern County Metropolitan Area.


Now Available

The draft of the updated Kern Council of Governments Public information Policies and Procedures is now available for review.


CMAQ & RSTP Call for Projects

Announcing the 2019 Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and Regional Surface Transportation Program (RSTP) Call for Projects!
Please visit for more information. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on August 15, 2019.


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 April 2019 edition of the Progress Report for Projects of Regional Significance is now available.

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