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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 transportation planning,
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.

MCOG's Vision:
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 disburses state and federal funds for transportation and provides regional planning. Occasionally the Council serves as a regional forum.

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 fleet replacement, and multi-modal facilities.

MCOG is overseen by a board consisting of two Mendocino County supervisors, a countywide public appointee, and one council member from each of the four incorporated cities: Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Willits, and Point Arena. 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 of California.

MCOG serves as the Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) of Mendocino County, administering the call box program since 1994. MCOG also is involved with housing and economic development.


Photos by Janet Orth

MCOG's New Website
We invite you to our soft launch, a work in progress to update to more current technology and a user friendly site. The legacy site will be archived online.
UPDATE: Please refer to the new website for all new postings.
Preview new website
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Request for Proposals
"Mendocino County Pedestrian Facility Needs Inventory & Engineered Feasibility Study" - due to MCOG by 3pm, Friday, January 26, 2018. Posted 12/22/2017 - CLOSED
Download RFP
RFP Addendum - Posted 1/12/2018

2017 Regional Transportation Plan - Draft for Public Comment
The RTP is updated every four years. The public review and comment period starts January 4, 2018. Written comments must be received by Friday, February 2. Oral comments may be presented at MCOG's public hearing on February 5, when the RTP is on the agenda for adoption by the Board of Directors.
Notice of Public Hearing
Final Draft RTP
(1.2 MB)
Draft CEQA document
RTP Appendices (7.4 MB)

SB1 Brings Millions for Transportation Projects in Mendocino County
When we're paying more at the pump, here's what we're getting for the investment. MCOG adopted its 2018 Regional Transportation Improvement Program on Dec. 4, 2017. This and several other programs will benefit directly from new funds as a result of Senate Bill 1.
Press Release
Rebuilding California website

Annual Transportation Planning Work Program Adopted:
The Fiscal Year 2017/18 program was adopted June 5, 2017 and amended August 21, 2017.
FY 2017-18 OWP (1.5 MB)
Amended OWP-excerpts (945 KB)
Amended OWP-complete (1.5 MB)

MCOG Budget Adopted:
The Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget was adopted by the Council's Board of Directors June 5, 2017.
FY2017-18 Budget (1.6 MB)

Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers Coming to the North Coast
MCOG has partnered with ChargePoint and Redwood Coast Energy Authority to install a network of DC chargers on 101.
Press Release 3-17-2017

New SAFE Call Box Plan
On March 6, 2017 the Board adopted the Mendocino County Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies (SAFE) Five-Year Strategic & Financial Plan for 2016 through 2020.
Updated SAFE Plan
Call Box Map
To SAFE page

Willits Bypass Opens
After dedication ceremonies on Thursday, November 3, 2016, the long-awaited bypass was opened to traffic. Congratulations to our partners and all involved with delivering the top priority in the Regional Transportation Plan for Mendocino County.
MCOG's bypass history
Caltrans' bypass Facebook page
Caltrans' bypass web page
Caltrans' bypass news blog

CTC's Annual Report to the Legislature
The California Transportation Commission has released its 2016 report, available online.
CTC Annual Reports

Soon visionmendocino2030.org documents will be migrated to mendocinocog.org. The Regional Blueprint Plan was adopted by MCOG on December 2, 2013.
Final Blueprint Plan (11 MB)
Tools & Resources (pdf)
Tools & Resources (Word)

State Route 128 Corridor
Valley Trail Feasibility Study

This Community Based Transportation Planning grant-funded study is now complete.
SR128 Valley Trail web page

More grant info
This is MCOG's seventh annual Caltrans CBTP award. More project info:
Round Valley/Covelo
Rails With Trails
Gualala Ph.1 and 2
Point Arena

Mendocino County Safe Routes to School Plan
This plan was completed in April 2014 and is now available with a useful toolkit and information.
To Reports & Projects page

Transportation Funding in California
This 2014 updated guide helps to unravel the complexities.
Guidebook (3.4 MB)

North State Transportation for
Economic Development Study
This report presents the case for
ongoing transportation investment in the 16-county North State Super Region. - Oct. 2013
Full Compendium Report (10 MB)
NSSR website

North State Super Region
MCOG is a signatory to a newly created association of regional transportation planning agencies from 16 counties. Link

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 public hearing.
To RTP page

Transportation Acronyms Demystified
Alphabetical list
More details

photo by Janet Orth