AMBAG is the MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) for the Monterey Bay Area. As the MPO, AMBAG is required to produce certain documents that maintain the region's eligibility for federal transportation assistance which include the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). AMBAG coordinates the development of the MTP with Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (San Benito County Council of Governments, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and the Transportation Agency for Monterey County), transit providers (San Benito County Local Transit Authority, Monterey-Salinas Transit, and Santa Cruz METRO), the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD), state and federal governments, and organizations having interest in or responsibility for transportation planning and programming. AMBAG also coordinates transportation planning and programming activities with the three counties and 18 local jurisdictions within the tri-county Monterey Bay Region.
AMBAG is developing the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS). The 2045 MTP/SCS is scheduled for adoption in June 2022. Federal and state law requires that AMBAG prepare a long-range transportation plan every four years. The draft 2045 MTP/SCS was released for public review and comment on November 22, 2021. The close of the public comment period is January 31, 2022.
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