Fresno COG’s Special Studies
Fresno County Regional Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Network Plan (EVCI Plan)
In May 2019, Fresno COG was awarded a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Planning Grant to develop the Fresno County Regional Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Network Plan (EVCI Plan). The Plan will Guide FCOG in reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions to help meet state reduction targets, conduct outreach with EV infrastructure providers, transit agencies, existing EV users, and the general public to determine need and location of chargers. It will assess existing EV charging programs and program funding goals and identify deficiencies in the charging network for publicly accessible units. The plan will provided a recommendation of site locations to fill gaps of existing and planned charging network along with identified potential funding.
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Reverse Triangle Transportation Area Plan Study (RTTAP)
Fresno COG, in partnership with the City of Fresno and County of Fresno, has received a Caltrans grant to study the impacts from the industrial growth in the Reverse Triangle area. The overall objective of the project is to develop a plan for the project area that will address the potential impacts from the new developments and responds to multi-modal travel needs in the area. Objectives of the planning process include:
- Convening regional partners from multiple jurisdictions.
- Determining the projected local and regional impact of planned economic developments on the transportation system.
- Identifying strategies to mitigate the impact of the growing industrial center on SR-99, SR-41, local and regional roadways.
- Identifying strategies to move people and goods efficiently along SR-99, SR-41 and local and regional roadways, including all ramp termini and intersections.
- Meaningfully engaging community residents, particularly environmental justice communities and employers.
- Collecting counts and data relevant to prioritizing recommendations and calculating cost/benefit ratios for priority projects.
- Develop implementation measures, prioritize recommendations for investment, develop conceptual layouts and identify potential funding sources.
SB 743 Local Assistance Program and Regional Guidelines Development
In order to help the region with the implementation of SB 743, Fresno COG has taken the lead role in developing SB 743 regional guidelines, which can be adapted by local governments for their needs and purposes. SB 743 will take full effect on July 1, 2020, and will have profound impacts on how local governments and other lead agencies approve their development projects during the CEQA process. Objectives of the program include:
- Develop screening criteria
- Recommend Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) threshold
- Recommend a metric and threshold for transportation projects
- Develop a VMT calculation tool that will be hosted on Fresno COG’s website
- Identify VMT mitigation measures
- Recommend VMT threshold for plans.
Multi-Jurisdictional Pavement Management System
With the passage of Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), Fresno COG has allocated funds to develop the Multi-jurisdictional Pavement Management System for nine local cities within the Region that currently do not have such a program in place. A Pavement Management System is designed to provide objective information and useful data for analysis so that local governments can make more consistent, cost-effective and defensible decisions related to the preservation of a pavement network. With the Pavement Management System, the cities will be able to prioritize roadway improvements and better manage their roadway repair and maintenance.