Regional Transportation Plan

MCAG is designated as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for the Merced region. In that capacity, MCAG is required by federal and state law to prepare a Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). With the enactment of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in August 2005, the RTP is subject to provisions for project selection and funding. Of primary consideration is the provision that the MPO develop a project evaluation and selection process that will enable the most cost-effective projects to be move forward. MCAG's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) has served as a guide for transportation planning activities in Merced County for many years.

The RTP is a long-range (20-year) transportation planning document that establishes the region's transportation goals, objectives, and policies. The last RTP Update was adopted in July 2010, including an update to the Environmental Impact Report.

Valley Vision Merced
The Merced County Association of Governments is beginning the development of Valley Vision Merced. This is a long range planning document that will provide the framework for investment in roads, freeways, public transit like buses, bike trails, and other ways people move around our county for the next 25 years. It will also include a plan to accommodate the region's future housing needs and help us comply with new state-mandated legislation to reduce greenhouse gases. A video will help to explain the plan.

Valley Vision Merced accomplishes three main tasks:
  • Identifies areas to accommodate all the region’s population including all income groups, for at least the next 25 years.
  • Results in the development of a Regional Transportation Plan that meets the needs of the region.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks.
This will be a collaborative effort involving the Cities of Atwater, Dos Palos, Gustine, Livingston, Los Banos, Merced, and the County of Merced. 

Project Documents
Meetings & Workshops Scheduled
Over the course of the project, we will be hosting a series of public workshops to engage the community regarding the development of the plan. Meetings will be held in various locations throughout the county to ensure equal access to all residents. Your attendance is encouraged. If you cannot attend a meeting, material will be posted to this webpage as it becomes available.

Upcoming Workshops