Public Invited To Help Plan Kern Region’s Energy And Transportation Future

March 21, 2012

Organization: Kern Council of Governments (Kern COG)
What: Directions to 2050 Regional Transportation/Energy Action Plan Workshops
When: March 27-June 13, 2012
Where: Locations throughout the Kern region

Kern Council of Governments is asking the public to help shape how more than $5.3 billion in anticipated transportation and energy-efficiency projects will be developed over the next 28 years. A series of 14 public workshops is scheduled from March through June to garner public input on these vital public issues.

More than 70 major highway, road maintenance, public transit, pedestrian, bicycle and energy-efficiency improvements are projected to be funded throughout Kern County over the next three decades. Kern COG’s Directions to 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the accompanying community Energy Action Plans detail how our region will spend federal, state and utility transportation and energy dollars over the long term.

Directions to 2050 will contain an ambitious program of roadway corridor, public transit, bicycle, pedestrian and energy-efficiency improvements designed to keep the regional economy moving over the next 28 years. The findings from the community workshops will help the region foster growth to improve energy efficiency, provide more housing choices and improve mobility. Input gathered at the community workshops will inform which policies, programs, and projects will be prioritized and when they will be implemented in the next three decades.

Many of the proposed projects already have funding dedicated to early phases, such as planning or engineering. Others expected to be carried out more than 20 years from now do not have identified funding sources but would be eligible should new revenue streams become available.

Specific improvements spelled out in Directions to 2050 do not include projects that each of Kern’s 11 cities or the county may choose to complete with their own general funds.

Kern COG will host the following Directions to 2050 public workshops beginning with Taft on March 27, 2012 All workshops will take place from 6-8:30 p.m.

Taft  – Tues., March 27 Wasco – Wed., March 28
West Side Recreation & Park District Wasco Recreation & Parks District
500 Cascade Pl. 1280 Poplar St.
Taft, CA 93268 Wasco, CA 93280
Ridgecrest – Mon., April 2 Arvin – Tues., April 10
Kerr McGee Community Center Veteran’s Hall
100 W. California Ave. 414 4th St.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555 Arvin, CA 93203
Shafter– Wed., April 11 California City – Mon., April 16
Shafter Veterans Building Community Center
309 California Ave. 10350 Heather Ave.
Shafter, CA 93263 California City, CA 93505
McFarland – Tues., April 24 Frazier Park – Tues., May 1
McFarland Community Center Frazier Park Recreation Building
107 W. Sherwood Ave. 3801 Park Drive
McFarland, CA 93250 Frazier Park, CA 93225
Delano – Thurs., May 3 Metro Bakersfield – Tues., May 8
Civic Center East Bakersfield Veterans Building
1009 11th Ave. 2101 Ridge Road
Delano, CA 93215 Bakersfield, CA 93305
Rosamond – Mon., May 14 Lake Isabella – Mon., May 21
Hummell Community Building Kern River Veterans Building
2500 20th St. West 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd.
Rosamond, CA 93560 Lake Isabella, CA 93240
Lamont – Thurs., May 24 Tehachapi – Wed., June 13
David Head Building Training Room
10300 San Diego St. 803 Tucker Road
Lamont, CA 93241 Tehachapi, CA 93561

This program is funded in part by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Kern COG provides major funding for this project to encourage activities that would lead to long-term, sustainable changes. SCE funds the Kern Region Energy Action Plans (REAP) program, which promotes long-term energy efficiency efforts.

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