Welcome to MCOG, the Regional Transportation
Planning Agency (RTPA) for our countywide region-- "a cog in the
wheels of our transportation system."
The purpose of the Mendocino Council of Governments is
to assist local governments in planning to address common needs, cooperating
for mutual benefit,
and coordinating for sound regional, community, and intercommunity development.
MCOG’s mission is to provide regional, community, and intercommunity
to administer transportation funding and financing,
to represent Mendocino County’s interests at higher levels of government,
to develop transportation projects for future funding,
to provide technical assistance for transportation project delivery,
to support rural/public transportation services,
to administer grants for transportation/community enhancement projects, and
to provide a forum to facilitate discussion on other matters of regional importance.
Regional and local government working together to connect communities,
create thriving town centers, and develop healthy, livable neighborhoods
for drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders.
Mission and Vision adopted by the Board of Directors 12/6/2010
Acting as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency, MCOG programs or allocates
various types of state and federal transportation funds to Caltrans, the County
of Mendocino and the four incorporated Cities of Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Willits,
and Point Arena. Most of the federal Economic Stimulus funding programs available
for transportation projects in Mendocino County flow through MCOG.
In addition to supporting projects within its five member jurisdictions, MCOG
helps support transportation activities of the Mendocino Transit Authority,
North Coast Railroad Authority, local airports, and on state highways, among
MCOG is responsible for preparing the Regional Transportation Plan,
and funded projects are to be consistent with the Plan. Projects involve
planning, capital improvements, rehabilitation and maintenance, public transit
replacement, and intermodal transit facilities.
Two county supervisors, a countywide public appointee, and one council
member from each of the four incorporated cities make up Board
membership. A representative of Caltrans serves on the Policy Advisory Committee
with the seven directors.
Mendocino Council of Governments (MCOG) was formed as a joint powers
agreement in 1972, as mandated by state law, the Transportation
Development Act (TDA). MCOG is a political subdivision of the State
MCOG serves as the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) of Mendocino County, administering the call box program. MCOG also is involved with housing and economic development.
Housing Needs Allocation
MCOG is drafting the 2013 RHNA Plan, which will allocate State
projected housing needs among the Cities and County for planning
purposes. The public comment period is now open.
Willits Bypass Update
Nearly $31 million for the environmental mitigation program
has been allocated by the California Transportation Commission.
Covelo and Route 162 Project
Another grant-funded study is now underway, to make safer
walking and cycling paths in Round Valley. Community workshops
are planned; the first was held February 28 at the Round Valley
State Route 128 Corridor
Valley Trail Feasibility Study
This local proposal sponsored by MCOG has been awarded a Community
Based Transportation Planning grant under Caltrans' FY 2012-13
program. This is MCOG's seventh annual Caltrans CBTP award.
More project info:
Rails With Trails
Ph.1 and 2
CTC's Annual Report to the Legislature
The California Transportation Commission has
released its 2011 report, available online.
Downtown Gualala Preliminary Project Study Report
A Refined Streetscape Design Plan is now complete.
To project page
2012 Regional Bikeway Plan
The Final Plan was adopted by MCOG on June 4, 2012.
Bikeway Plan webpage
Regional Transportation Plan 2010 Update
This update was adopted by MCOG on September 19, 2011 in a
To RTP page
State Super Region
MCOG is a signatory to a newly created association of
regional transportation planning agencies from 16 counties.
County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE)
Existing Motorist Aid Call Boxes
Transportation Acronyms Demystified