Previous FTIPs


2021 Federal Transportation Improvement Program with Amendments 1 through 15
2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program with Amendments 1 through 18
2017 Federal Transportation Improvement Program with Amendments 1 through 19
2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program with Amendments 1 through 20


An Annual Listing of projects, including investments in pedestrian walkways and bicycle transportation facilities, for which federal funds have been obligated in the preceding year.

Annual Listings for 2021-2007


Previous RTPs

2018 Regional Transportation Plan with Amendment 1
2018 RTP Environmental Impact Report Final
2014 Regional Transportation Plan with Amendments 1 to 2
2014 RTP Environmental Impact Report Final
2011 Regional Transportation Plan with Amendments 1 to 4
2007 RTP Environmental Impact Report with Addendums 1 to 3
2007 Regional Transportation Plan with Amendments 1 & 2
2007 RTP Environmental Impact Report with Addendums 1 & 2
2004 Regional Transportation Plan Final
2000 Regional Transportation Plan Final
1998 Regional Transportation Plan with Inclusive EIR



Air Quality Conformity

Transportation Conformity requirements for highway and transit projects are defined by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, US EPA and US DOT (FHWA) guidance, and local consultation procedures set up by Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Air Pollution Control Districts to achieve and maintain Federal air quality standards.

Regional analysis addresses the effect of all regionally significant projects in a nonattainment area. The regional analysis considers the Design Concept (what type of project it is) and scope (how long, capacity, etc.) of all projects to be implemented by various analysis years. Regional conformity must be determined not less often than every 4 years by a MPO with a nonattainment or maintenance area, and usually is analyzed more often as Regional Transportation Plan and Federal Transportation Improvement Program amendments happen.


2022 Conformity Analysis 2022 RTP 2023 FTIP December 16, 2022
2021 Conformity Analysis 2018 RTP 2021 FTIP August 13, 2021
2020 Conformity Analysis 2018 RTP Amendment 1 2021 FTIP April 16, 2021
2015 Ozone Conformity Analysis 2018 RTP 2019 FTIP Amendment 2 May 9, 2019
2018 Conformity Analysis 2018 RTP 2019 FTIP December 3, 2018
2017 Conformity Analysis 2014 RTP Amendment 2 2017 FTIP Amendment 9 October 19, 2017
2016 Conformity Analysis 2014 RTP Amendment 1 2017 FTIP September 15, 2016
2015 Conformity Analysis 2014 RTP 2015 FTIP Amendment 12 August 28, 2015
2014 Conformity Analysis 2014 RTP 2015 FTIP June 19, 2014
2013 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP Amendment 5 2013 FTIP Amendment 9 November 4, 2013
2013 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP Amendment 4 2013 FTIP Amendment 4 March 25, 2013
2013 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP Amendment 3 2013 FTIP July 19, 2012
2011 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP Amendment 2 2011 FTIP Amendment 10 April 19, 2012
2011 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP Amendment 1 2011 FTIP Amendment 7 September 15, 2011
2011 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP Amendment 1 2011 FTIP Amendment 4 May 19, 2011
2011 Conformity Analysis 2011 RTP 2011 FTIP July 15, 2010
2009 Conformity Analysis 2007 RTP Amendment 2 2009 FTIP Amendment 8 September 18, 2009
2009 Conformity Analysis 2007 RTP Amendment 1 2009 FTIP Amendment 2 January 15, 2009
2007 Conformity Analysis 2007 RTP 2007 FTIP Amendment 6 October 18, 2007
2007 Conformity Analysis 2007 RTP 2007 FTIP Amendment 3 May 17, 2007
2006 Conformity Analysis 2004 RTP 2006 FTIP July 20, 2006
2006 Conformity Analysis 2004 RTP 2004 FTIP February 24, 2006
2005 Conformity Analysis 2004 RTP 2004 FTIP April 21, 2005
2004 Conformity Analysis 2004 RTP 2004 FTIP August 19, 2004
Draft 2002 Conformity Analysis 2000 RTP 2002 FTIP May 2002


General Transportation Reports


Transportation Impact Fees in Kern 2020
Downtown Bakersfield Parking Study 2018
Regional Transportation Impact Fee Nexus Study 2012
Tribal Transportation Environmental Justice Collaborative Project 2010
Regional Transportation Monitoring Improvement Plan 2008
Technical Study for HOV Lanes on State Highways in the San Joaquin Valley 2005
Kern County Grand Jury – Report on Kern COG 2005
A Citizens’ Guide to Transportation Planning in the Kern Region 2004
Greater Tehachapi Area Circulation Study 2004
Southeast Kern County Regional Fee Nexus Study 2004
Environmental Justice Report 2003
Roads to Ruin, Transportation Funding Options for Kern County 2002
Kern County Transportation Funding Strategy 1995


Goods Movement & Freight


7 Challenges for Inland Ports presentation Central California 2023
KARGO Sustainability Study – Phase II Kern County 2023
KARGO Sustainability Study – Phase II – Appendices  Kern County 2023
KARGO Study Phase II – Final Report Presentation Kern County 2023
I-5 Freight ZERO Study Interstate 5 2022
Kern Goods Movement Cluster presentation Kern County 2021
KARGO Sustainability Study – Phase I Kern County 2021
California Inland Port Feasibility Analysis San Joaquin Valley 2020
Logistics Mitigation Fee Nexus Study Inland Empire 2019
South Central Valley Freight Hub Brochure San Joaquin Valley 2018
SJV Goods Movement Sustainable Implementation Plan San Joaquin Valley 2017
SJV Goods Movement Study I-5 SR-99 Corridor San Joaquin Valley 2017
SJV Interregional Goods Movement Study and Executive Summary San Joaquin Valley 2013
Kern County Goods Movement Strategy Kern County 2012
Kern County Rail Study: Phase II Kern County 2012
Kern County Rail Study: Phase I Kern County 2011
Kern County Railroad Grade Separation Study Kern County 2011
Kern EDC Rail Freight Study Kern County 2011
Origin and Destination Truck Study State Routes 223,166,46,& 65 2011
Origin and Destination Truck Study State Route 58 2009
Origin and Destination Truck Study Interstate 5 & State Route 99 2009
Goods Movement Study for US 395 Corridor US 395 2009


Highways and Corridors


Route 99 Interchange Feasibility Study – McFarland McFarland 2011
Route 58 & 223 Interchange Feasibility Study Metro Bakersfield 2011
Retrofit Noise Barrier Study – Route 58 Bakersfield 2010
Retrofit Noise Barrier Study – Route 99 Bakersfield 2010
Retrofit Noise Barrier Study – Route 14 Rosamond 2011
Eastern Sierra Corridor Enhancement Program Kern County 2010
Bakersfield System Study Summary Report Metro Bakersfield 2002
Metropolitan Bakersfield Major Transportation Investment Strategy Metro Bakersfield 1997
South Beltway Transportation Corridor Metro Bakersfield 1994
Mojave Corridor Study Mojave 1990
West Beltway Corridor Study Metro Bakersfield 1990
Route 178 Corridor Study Bakersfield 1986
Kern River Canyon Highway Corridor Study Route 178 Kern County 1984

Intelligent Transportation System

The Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG) embarked on a study to determine how advanced technologies can reshape the future of transportation in the Kern Region. The combination of both urban and rural land uses in Kern County results in a unique crosssection of transportation challenges. Intelligent Transportation Systems offer the potential to address these problems, often at a substantial cost savings over traditional solutions such as building new roads or adding new lanes. By applying advanced technologies to the surface transportation network, mobility can be improved in a safe and efficient manner that will help preserve the quality of life and healthy local economy that Kern County enjoys.

Kern COG, along with a regionwide Steering Committee, spearheaded efforts that will result in a practical plan to meet the transportation needs of Kern County well into the 21st century. Input from area residents, business owners, and public officials was critical to identify the goals and transportation needs of those that live and work in Kern County. There were many opportunities throughout this 15 month project for the public to provide input to the project, including rural area public workshops, urban area special event exhibits, group meetings, and ITS UPDATE newsletter which provided a progress report on study findings and informative articles on current ITS technologies and programs.


Intelligent Transportation System Early Deployment Plan For The Kern Region – 1997

San Joaquin Valley ITS Strategic Deployment Plan – 2001

San Joaquin Valley ITS Maintenance Plan – 2005


Building Blocks of the ITS

The entire idea of a regional ITS is founded on these basic building blocks working together to improve the efficiency and safety of the community’s overall transportation network.

  • Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) and Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS)
  • Advanced Rural Transportation Systems (ARTS)
  • Commercial Vehicle Operation (CVO)
  • Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS)
  • Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems (AVCSS)


Problems & Opportunities

The following is a “Top 10” list of the most frequently identified needs and deficiencies:

  • roadway safety during recurring, severe weather
  • roadway safety related to extremely high truck volumes
  • air quality improvement
  • congestion due to continued population growth
  • roadway and traffic information for emergency
  • management during earthquakes
  • emergency response for rural travelers
  • information sharing and coordination
  • among public agencies
  • realtime traveler information dissemination
  • road closure information
  • improved transit operations


10-Year Vision: Kern ITS Programs

Six programs have been developed which will make Kern’s transportation system a more intelligent one in terms of improving the safety and efficiency of day to day travel within and through the region. These initial programs will be implemented over the next ten years to build a sound, strong foundation for future technologies and strategies. These Kern ITS programs represent the first integration of rural and urban ITS solutions in California, and will facilitate the integration and coordination of transportation and ITS applications region and statewide in conjunction with other EDPs being developed throughout California.

  • Kern Traveler Safety Program
  • Kern Informed Traveler Program (TravelKIT)
  • Enhanced Emergency Response Program
  • Kern Smart Transit Program
  • Traffic and Incident Management Program
  • Communication Network Development Program


ITS on the Web

Check out the directory for Rural ITS. You can also access the main US Department of Transportation’s web site which can connect you with transportation related web sites from around the world.


 Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) and Advanced Traveler Information Systems (ATIS)

ATMS and ATIS are key components that help traffic run smoothly, particularly in congested urban areas. Some examples include:

  • Traffic signal coordination
  • Freeway ramp meter signals
  • Changeable message signs (CMS) to warn drivers of upcoming road closures, accidents, and other hazards
  • Public kiosks, dial in phone numbers, and Internet web sites to provide travelers with realtime traffic and weather information


 Advanced Rural Transportation Systems (ARTS)

ARTS use some of the same technologies found in an urban ATMS and ATIS, but focus on addressing the unique travel conditions along rural roadways, including:

  • Hazardous weather warnings
  • Animal crossings
  • Motorist emergency services, such as call boxes and in vehicle MAYDAY devices


 Commercial Vehicle Operation (CVO)

CVO technologies generally allow drivers with proper documentation to have their vehicles cleared without stopping at weigh stations or ports of entry. Some examples include:

  • Electronic credential checking
  • Weigh-in-motion
  • In vehicle computers allowing vehicle-to-roadside communications


 Advanced Public Transportation Systems (APTS)

APTS are designed to improve transit service and passenger safety. Some programs that are currently operational include:

  • Electronic payment (VISA/MC/debit cards) provides a convenient payment option for transit fare, and minimizes the amount of cash a passenger needs to carry
  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) technology allows a dispatch center to “track” its buses, which improves response time in case of an accident as well as up to the minute information on bus schedule and arrival times
  • Traveler information kiosks with current transit information give passengers current status of bus schedules and available routes


 Advanced Vehicle Control and Safety Systems (AVCSS)

Several AVCSS are in testing phases, but there are a few that are commercially available:

  • Sensors that detect impending crashes (head on/rear end/lateral collision) and warn drivers of hazards and obstructions
  • Blind spot detectors, which have also been implemented on school buses (pilot program)
  • Visibility enhancement for driving at night or in severe weather, such as fog or dust


 Kern Traveler Safety Program

Traveler safety concerns in Kern vary from adverse weather conditions, to red light violations, to railroad crossing safety. This program combines proven technologies with newer, innovative applications to provide Kern with an aggressive, “cutting edge” approach to rural and urban safety.


 Kern Informed Traveler Program (TravelKIT)

Making Kern travelers more informed travelers will reduce congestion and the number of avoidable accidents when advance warnings are available. The best way to keep the transportation system working safely and efficiently is to get information to travelers quickly. This allows travelers to make informed decisions about when to leave for a trip, which route to take, and even what mode of transportation would be best.


 Enhanced Emergency Response Program

The Enhanced Emergency Response Program improves the safety of the transportation system by providing police, sheriff, fire, ambulance and other emergency service providers with the tools that they need to quickly and accurately determine the fastest and safest routes.


 Kern Smart Transit Program

The Kern Smart Transit Program applies to the Kern Regional Transit and the Golden Empire Transit (GET) systems. The program improves the efficiency and productivity of the transit systems, enabling them to provide better, more reliable service; extend coverage temporally and geographically; and become more self sustaining in terms of costs and revenue.


 Traffic and Incident Management Program

Traffic and incident management improves day to day traffic operations through the use of advanced technologies and proven management strategies. This means that accidents get cleared more quickly, daily traffic problems are relieved, roadway safety is improved, and agencies can get more done.


 Communication Network Development Program

An extensive communications network will be provided to connect different agencies within the region to allow cooperation and coordination in operating and managing the transportation system.


The key to successful implementation of the EDP lies in the thorough identification of the specific needs of the Kern Region.

We encourage you to express your comments by contacting Raquel Pacheco.

Kern Medium and Heavy-Duty Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Blueprint

Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG), in partnership with Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) and key stakeholders will develop a Blueprint for medium- and heavy-duty zero emission vehicle infrastructure. The Blueprint will identify major gaps in infrastructure for zero emission trucks and buses, community needs, available technology solutions, and ultimately a set of high-impact ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects illustrative of pathways of progress to zero emission transportation.

Kern County is situated strategically between California’s San Joaquin Valley and the Southern California Ports, eastern United States, and the California Central Coast, and therefore a key location for goods movement. High-impact clean transportation projects identified through the Blueprint will facilitate more widespread use of zero emission medium-and heavy-duty trucks all along California’s major truck corridors and place Kern County on a path to achieving its Sustainable Communities Strategy greenhouse gas emission reduction goals at an accelerated rate.

The project approach is designed to accelerate the region’s clean transportation goals through the identification of high-impact or transformational infrastructure projects capable of stimulating additional outside investment. Projects identified through the planning process will not only have merit because of their immediate benefits (i.e., emissions reductions), but also because of their ability to demonstrate innovation and induce other fleet operators to electrify. The project team will document progress to-date in deploying zero emission infrastructure, engage with stakeholders to align the Blueprint with community needs, develop transparent and agreed upon methodologies for project selection, conduct thorough analyses, and produce detailed implementation plans for each site. The project scope will include both electric charging and hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

2023 Kern Medium-Heavy Duty ZEV Infrastructure Blueprint

Kern Electric Vehicle Charging Station Blueprint

2024 Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Blueprint Update 

The 2024 Kern Electric Vehicle Charging Station Blueprint will address the following topics in the 2019 Kern EVCS Blueprint: report on the implementation of the 2019 Kern EVCS Blueprint and the current inventory of EV charging infrastructure in Kern County, examine and update the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (EVI) gaps and siting analysis (EVCS deployment schedule, and locations), revisit the goals and strategies to develop a 5-year plan for the deployment of EV Charging Stations for Light-Duty Vehicles in Kern County communities, examine opportunities and recommend how Kern COG, its member agencies, and the Kern County community can best take advantage of the numerous local, state, and federal funding opportunities. The scheduled completion of the Blueprint Update is June 2024.

We need your input regarding electric vehicle charging in our community! 

Please stay tune for updates…

Kern Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Blueprint

The purpose of the Kern Electric Vehicle Charging Station (EVCS) Blueprint is to accelerate the deployment of zero emission transportation to help reach Kern COG 2018 Regional Transportation Plan air quality goals. Kern COG was awarded a grant of $200,000 from the California Energy Commission to create a Kern EVCS Blueprint. Kern COG staff, the consultant Center for Sustainable Energy and the Kern EVCS Work Group (WG) are working to complete a draft Kern EVCS Blueprint in March 2019 and a completed Blueprint in May 2019.


The Kern EVCS WG is tasked with the following work:

  • Review documents and provide or process information between the meetings
  • Set goals for EV infrastructure and vehicle deployment throughout Kern County
  • Review and accept the project selection methodology for up to 12 projects incorporated in the plan
  • Distribute and/or identify contacts for the distribution of a Kern EV Blueprint toolkit
  • Kern COG member agencies are also invited to provide input to the EVCS Blueprint as above.




Kern COG’s Annual Report provides an overview of the results achieved by various projects conducted throughout the fiscal year.

Kern COG’s traditional newsletter, the Kern COG Quarterly, is published up to four times a year and is designed to keep the public informed of fiscal operations.

Overall Work Program and Financial Plans


Kern COG’s Overall Work Program (OWP) documents the activities and products mandated by Federal regulations in sufficient detail (i.e. activity description, products, schedule, cost, etc.) to clearly explain the purpose and results of the work to be accomplished, including how they support the Federal transportation planning process.

The Annual Financial Plans include budgets for Kern COG and the Kern Motorist Aid Authority (KMAA).


Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024

Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023

Fiscal Year 2021 – 2022

Fiscal Year 2020 – 2021

Fiscal Year 2019 – 2020

Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019

Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018

Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017

Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016

Quality of Life Survey


The Kern Council of Governments commissions a yearly Quality of Life Survey of residents of Kern County with the following research objectives:

  • assess residents’ overall opinion of the quality of life in their city or town
  • survey the importance of issues related to future quality of life in the county
  • identify housing preferences
  • understand the daily commute of the average resident
  • determine the feasibility of a transportation related revenue measure

Most Recent Survey

2023 Quality of Life Survey

Previous Surveys

The survey is also designed to track the results of telephone surveys conducted in previous years.


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