“2021 saw a once-in-a-generation investment in modernizing public infrastructure on a national level to improve our roads, bridges, broadband, and historic commitments to tackle the climate crisis,” said Chair Das Williams. “Looking forward into 2022, I will work with my Board colleagues, SBCAG staff and community partners to ensure that state and federal investment meets the demands important to our communities and families. Together, we will aggressively seek funding to complete the Highway 101 project in the south coast, work with the community on commuter rail solutions in the central coast, and prioritize opportunities to achieve our cities and county housing goals in order to reduce traffic and air pollution.”
The completion of a countywide Broadband Strategic Plan is one of the top priorities for SBCAG in 2022 working with the Broadband Consortium of the Pacific Coast, regional economic development organizations, cities, county, and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Federal and State governments have prioritized funding for communities to access high-performing internet in homes, schools, healthcare, libraries and businesses, and work toward digital inclusion across the county. By the end of the year, Santa Barbara communities will better understand the regional needs of broadband internet infrastructure for residents and businesses. It will also highlight opportunities to take action to increase capacity and disaster preparedness, and encourage industry competition.
SBCAG works to solve issues that are far-reaching and affect more than just one city, from traffic to housing, air quality and growth. In 2022, SBCAG also hopes to achieve these goals:
- Making progress on the construction of the first seven miles of the Highway 101 Carpinteria to Santa Barbara Project, the region’s number one transportation priority project. Continuing to seek funding opportunities with state and federal partners to complete the Highway 101 project. The public can stay informed on construction activities by signing up to receive updates at www.sbroads.com.
- Powering up the first battery powered all-electric Clean Air Express commuter bus.
- Working on a multi-county strategy for expanding zero-emission vehicle infrastructure on the Central Coast in preparation for upcoming state and federal funding opportunities.
- Implementing California’s Regional Early Action Planning Grants to help accelerate progress toward state and local housing and climate commitments.
- Conducting an analysis of where and how people are traveling in Santa Barbara County through a Big Data Travel Trends Analysis project.
- Adopting updated Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans for each airport in Santa Barbara County.
- Installing charging infrastructure at the SBCAG Regional Transit Facility in Goleta to power new zero-emission Coastal Express buses.
- Starting construction on the Measure A funded Highway 166 and Black Road intersection improvement project.
SBCAG board meetings take place on the third Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. The 2022 meeting calendar is available on SBCAG's meetings webpage.