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Big Sandy Extreme Weather and Natural Disaster Emergency Evacuation Plan 


In 2019 Big Sandy Rancheria (BSR) in partnership with Fresno COG was awarded a Caltrans Adaptation Planning Grant to develop an Extreme Weather and Natural Disaster Emergency Evacuation Plan (BSREVAC) for the rancheria.


Click HERE for the Draft Final Plan


The BSREVAC addresses the movement of community members and visitors away from disasters, emergency threats, and situations affecting Big Sandy Rancheria. This Plan is a key component of the Big Sandy Rancheria Emergency Management Program (EMP). The EMP serves as the framework for coordinating and responding to all emergencies and disasters within the Tribe’s jurisdiction. This Plan complies with state law and state and federal emergency planning guidance, including the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the Incident Command System (ICS).


The Draft Plan rank hazards, identified critical infrastructure, adaptation strategies, and includes a transportation analysis of the accessibility to existing emergency evacuation routes and new proposed routes. In addition, the plan provides an emergency operations plan detailing coordination of services including transportation of evacuees, communication protocol, resident checklist and post evacuation considerations.


The DRAFT Extreme Weather and Natural Disaster Emergency Evacuation Plan is available for public review.


For questions or comments, contact Trai Her-Cole at traih@fresnocog.org.



Fresno-Madera State Route 41 and Avenue 9 Sustainable Corridors Study


Fresno COG, in partnership with Madera County Transportation Commission (MCTC), is conducting a study to determine the future transportation needs of the SR 41 corridor in the City of Fresno and the southern segment of SR 41 in Madera County. In addition, the study will analyze the future transportation needs of the Avenue 9 corridor in Madera County between SR 41 and SR 99.


The study will identify existing and future issues along the two corridors related to safety, mobility, congestion, etc., and recommend sustainable improvements that will address the transportation needs of the residents in both counties through multi-modal approaches. Issues to be addressed include: mobility, access, safety, and connectivity for all modes of travel including automobiles, transit, walking, and bicycling.


Click here for more information about this project!




Fresno County Transportation Safety Improvement Plan


Fresno County sees more than 100 fatalities and more than 300 people seriously injured every year on our roadways. What’s more concerning is that in the past few years there is an uptick trend for the fatality and serious injuries in Fresno County. In addition, Fresno County shares a disproportionate amount of the state’s traffic fatalities. Fresno County’s fatality rate is approximately 50% higher than California overall. While Fresno County makes up approximately 2.5% of the State’s population and vehicle miles travelled, it also makes up approximately 4% of the State’s traffic fatalities.

To address the safety issues and reduce collisions, injuries and fatalities, the 4E’s of safety countermeasures are often used, which include Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Response. Through discussions with Fresno COG member agencies and other partners, it’s clear that there is concern over traffic safety in the region and that there is a need for a more detailed analysis of the cause and location of incidents. During the development of the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), traffic safety was a large concern for Fresno County residents. For this, the Fresno COG Safety Target Subcommittee meets a few times each year to discuss regional traffic safety and set federal safety performance targets, where a need for safety education was identified. Hence a regional safety plan will be very helpful in setting the safety target for the Fresno County and work towards meeting the targets. The safety plan will assist the effort of an RTP in reducing the fatalities and serious injuries on the road and achieving a safer transportation system for all motorized and non-motorized users on all public roads in Fresno County. The safety plan will also help support the implementation of State of California Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), and meeting the vision and goals of Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP).

Scope of Work & Schedule


The Fresno COG Regional Safety Plan Existing Conditions Report is available at the link below. For any comments or questions please contact Trai Her-Cole at traih@fresncog.org.

Existing Conditions Report

Safety Steering Committee

Meeting #1  December 16, 2020     Agenda      Meeting Minutes     Presentation

Meeting #2  March 25, 2021          Agenda      Meeting Minutes    Presentation


Eastside Transportation Corridor Improvement Study


The primary purpose of the Fresno Region Eastside Transportation Corridor Improvement Study is to determine the future transportation needs of the eastern portion of Fresno County, focusing primarily on the major north-south/east-west transportation corridors (Academy Avenue/Manning Avenue) that service the study area.  Please visit the project website to find more information on the Eastside Transportation Corridor Improvement Study.

The Project:
Academy and Manning Avenues need your help! We are looking for ways to make these corridors safer and work better for everyone. Whether you ride a bike, commute on the corridors, live and walk along or near the corridors, use to get to the mountains – we want to hear from you.
Visit our website. Use our interactive map to provide comments, sign up to learn more, and tell a friend!


Fresno COG Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan (EVRP)


The Fresno Council of Governments’ (FCOG) DRAFT Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan (EVRP) was developed in partnership with the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency (FCRTA), AECOM and funding from the Caltrans Sustainable Planning Grant. A robust public electric vehicle charging network is critical to increasing electric vehicle adoption in Fresno County. In order to meet local need and state targets for increased electric vehicle adoption, the FCOG EVRP was developed to serve as a regional resource in guiding implementation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure installation. Development of the EVRP included a holistic analysis of existing local conditions, a data-driven forecast, funding sources, and stakeholder engagement to develop recommendations for priority sites of charging infrastructure as well as policy and permitting recommendations.


The final Fresno COG EVRP is available here


All comments should be sent to Trai Her-Cole at traih@fresnocog.org by January 31, 2021.



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.

View more information about the Reverse Triangle Transportation Area Plan study here.


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.

View more information about SB743 and Fresno COG’s program and guidelines development process here.



Blackstone/Shaw Activity Center Study


In the 2014 General Plan, the City of Fresno re-zoned the Blackstone Avenue corridor to accommodate more intense development and to transition to a mix of uses, instead of being solely commercial in nature. These envisioned land use and transportation changes will need to work in concert with changes in the public right-of-way. Greater density of development and increased pedestrian traffic as a result of increased bus service and new housing necessitates infrastructure changes. This study investigates these types of infrastructure changes in the Blackstone Shaw Activity Center.


The Blackstone Shaw Activity Center Study assessed existing conditions for all modes and identified potential projects that could enhance people’s travel experience, especially in light of the desired character of redevelopment. Additionally, the study investigated traffic impacts of a suite of improvements, high-level results of which are presented in the Summary Report. This study provides options for projects that support the envisioned redevelopment. It will be up to project partners such as the City of Fresno and developers to decide whether, when and how these infrastructure improvements may be funded and implemented.


Existing Conditions PowerPoint

Summary Report Presentation

Summary Report Final

Traffic Analysis

Cost Estimates


Fresno County Regional Transportation Network Vulnerability Assessment 


The Fresno County Regional Transportation Network Vulnerability Assessment will identify where the transportation network is most vulnerable to potential risks of climate change and propose strategies to remedy those impacts that will positively benefit local communities. Vulnerability assessments are a critical element to understanding the potential impacts of climate change and identifying specific locations that are likely to be affected. This assessment will inform the next update of the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy and provide local jurisdictions information that will help them comply with SB 379, which requires local jurisdictions to address climate adaptation and resiliency in the safety elements of their general plan, as well as plan for current and future impacts of climate change and strategically invest in transportation infrastructure.


Task 2: Collaboration and Community Outreach

Public Outreach Plan

Public Outreach Synopsis


Task 3: Vulnerability Assessment Summary Memo

Vulnerability Assessment Summary


Task 4: Adaptation Strategies Summary Memo

Adaptation Strategies Summary Memo


Task 5: Final Report

Final Report


Questions: Contact Meg Prince at (559) 233-4148 or mprince@fresnocog.org


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.


View more information about the Multi-jurisdictional Pavement Management System here.



Blackstone Corridor Transportation and Housing Study


The Blackstone Corridor Transportation & Housing study area included Van Ness/Maroa Avenues to Harvard Avenue to Clark Avenue to Home Avenue. The purpose of the study was to identify tools and opportunities for this area to be transformed from an auto-oriented corridor into a safe, accessible, multi-modal and mixed used environment that enhance the neighborhood quality and contribute to a vibrant community. The study also looked at opportunities for transit supportive infill development, improved connectivity to Blackstone Avenue and catalytic sites for revitalization in the study area. The study report is a visioning document that can provide guidance for private development and public infrastructure investment in the area.





For questions regarding any special studies, please email comment@fresnocog.org to be directed to the appropriate staff member.


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