The Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) is a plan for the incremental implementation of the long-range Regional Transportation Plan. The FTIP presents to federal funding agencies manageable components for the funding of long-term plans.
Current and previous FTIP documents are available here.
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
- 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.
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.
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 2019 – 2020
Fiscal Year 2018 – 2019
Fiscal Year 2017 – 2018
Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017
Fiscal Year 2015 – 2016
The ability for transit to provide services continues to grow more challenging. Therefore, the vision over the next ten years must change in light of the changes in technology, community needs, regulations, funding opportunities, minimum wage increases, changes to traditional funding streams and other drivers of change. These changes do not have to be obstacles, if the transit agencies are able to successfully navigate the changes.
Kern COG understands that the primary mission of transit agencies is to move people from one place to another safely, efficiently. Technology over the past decade has developed to where zero emission transit buses – battery electric and fuel cell – are becoming a viable option for transit fleets of all sizes. Additionally, transit agencies are increasingly turning to mobile apps and shared mobility options as a means to carrying out their public transportation mission.
TRANSITions 2019 Transit Symposium was held on February 26, 2019 to bring together transit agencies with the California Air Resources Board, technology experts, funding program managers, pilot project managers, and vendors to discuss how we can work to advance clean, safe, efficient public transportation.
Plans and Studies
Transit Asset Management Plans
Every agency must develop a Transit Asset Management Plan (TAM) if it owns, operates, or manages capital assets used to provide public transportation and receives federal financial assistance under 49 U.S.C. Chapter 53 as a recipient or sub-recipient. Each transit provider must designate an Accountable Executive (49 CFR 625.5) to ensure appropriate resources for implementing the agency’s TAM Plan and the Transit Agency Safety Plan. Golden Empire Transit District and the City of Delano, both designated by the Federal Transit Administration as urbanized area recipients of Federal Transit Administration funds, prepared a TAM Plan and memorialized the Plan with Kern Council of Governments through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Transportation Development Plans
A Transportation Development Plan (TDP) updates a municipal or county operated transit system’s goals and objectives, develops service alternatives, provides funding estimates, and produces a plan to implement recommended service improvements for a five-year period.
Triennial Performance Audits
A Triennial Performance Audit is designed to be an independent and objective evaluation of the recipients of Transit Development Act (TDA) Article 4 funding as a public transit operator, providing operator management with information on the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of its programs across the prior three fiscal years.
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
2019 Quality of Life Survey
The survey is also designed to track the results of telephone surveys conducted in previous years.
As part of the region’s planning efforts, Kern COG has worked with local governments and stakeholders on the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). Kern COG identifed areas within the region sufficient to house an eleven-year projection of the regional housing need. Additionally, the RHNA allocates housing units within the region consistent with the development pattern included in the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), and is part of the Regional Transportation Plan. In September 2014, the California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) approved the 2013 – 2023 RHNA Plan.
Kern COG Regional Housing Data Report
Kern COG prepared the 2014 Kern Regional Housing Data Report which is a compilation of required data sets to help local jurisdictions prepare their housing element updates.
The Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) is the formal presentation to the state of projects that local agencies wish to implement within the next four years. Once projects are approved in the Regional Transportation Plan, they are incorporated into the Regional Transportation Improvement Program for ultimate inclusion into the Federal Transportation Improvement Program.
Current and previous RTIP documents are available here.
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.
Current and previous RTP documents are available here.