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

Fresno COG, in partnership with Madera County Transportation Commission, 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.

View more information about this study here.

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 by clicking on the logo below.

Eastside Transportation Corridor Improvement Study Public Workshop on Monday July 20, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 PM via Zoom.

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 at or click on the logo above. Use our interactive map to provide comments, sign up to learn more, and tell a friend! 

 

During this virtual workshop the ETCIS Team will be providing information on the project and the data we have collected, but we need to know what you know about your community and your corridors. Join us to help make your community | commute | bike ride | path to school | walk better and safer. This will be an interactive event and only fun if YOU join us.
Please visit the website ahead of the meeting and use the interactive map to tell us what you know and have observed on these routes. For more information, reach out to Jennifer Soliz at 559-233-4148 x 223 or email at jsoliz@fresnocog.org
We hope to see you Monday July 20, 2020 @ 6 PM.

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.

 
Working Group Meeting Notes:

Meeting Notes Oct 8, 2019

Working Group Meeting Presentations:

Presentation Oct 8, 2019

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.

FINAL REPORT

 

 

Under the governor’s July 13 public health order, Fresno COG’s office is closed to the general public until further notice.

ONLY payments for Regional Transportation Mitigation Fees will be accepted and processed in person at the front counter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Masks are required.

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