Making Smart Commuting More Accessible


MBEP is dedicated to improving the quality of life in the region, and how we move within and between our cities has a major impact on the well-being of our neighborhoods and residents. As we all experience every day, our region is connected by a limited series of highways and main arteries, and as a result suffers from a great deal of traffic congestion (2017 Baseline Metrics). Limiting single driver car trips is one way to reduce this congestion. Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP) is investing in getting our region the information, incentives, and encouragement to make different choices about travel behavior. MBEP is working with our over 80 members to encourage “smart commuting” through the MBEP Mobility Platform, a framework that helps us all get out of our cars by reducing, re-timing, re-routing and re-moding our travel around the region. Utilizing the varied components of MBEP’s Mobility Platform, we can re-think how we move around the region and build on the good work our transportation agencies are doing. Click on the image below to download a PDF version of our Mobility Platform graphic.

In addition MBEP has created a Regional Transportation White Paper that focuses on actionable solutions to manage congestion, provide mobility choices and options, promote sustainable growth, improve public health, and safeguard a high quality of life in the Monterey Bay region. Our region has the opportunity to build on the good work that is happening, and chart a path toward building a more effective transportation system.

More About Our Transportation Initiative


A Smart Commuting program, also known as a transportation demand management (TDM) program, is an employer sponsored program that is designed around reducing single occupancy vehicles (SOV) trips to and from the work site. TDM programs provide the fastest and most cost-effective way to relieve congestion.

Time to be creative with how best to make smart commuting available in your organization. Help employees set up carpools, launch a campus shuttle, create a policy that encourages flexible schedules, remote work, and encourage walking and biking through challenges and incentives. There are many ways to get your employees excited about smart commuting.

Visit our Smart Commuting Toolkit to explore tools in our region and how to use them, common myths, and outstanding examples of smart commuting programs that are being implemented in our region and beyond.


Our Transportation Data Tracker showcases key indicators focused around the following indicators: Travel Time to Work, Means of Transportation to Work, Means of Transportation by Poverty Level, Traffic Counts and Safety. (Data Tracker may take a moment to load.)


Complete streets are designed to enable safe and convenient access for all road users and foster transportation equity, healthy lifestyles, and vibrant communities. Complete streets incorporate context sensitive solutions, so each one is unique. Design features of a complete street may include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, raised crosswalks, medians, bus pullouts, special bus lanes, audible pedestrian signals, sidewalk bulb-outs, and more. Complete streets in rural areas can look quite different from those in urban areas; however, both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone.

The Monterey Bay Area Complete Streets Guidebook builds on best practices from across the nation.


The Vision Zero Network is a collaborative campaign aimed at building the momentum and advancing this game-changing shift toward safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. The Network brings together local leaders in health, traffic engineering, police enforcement, policy and advocacy to develop and share strategies, policies and practices that make Vision Zero a reality.

The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG)

AMBAG provides strategic leadership and services to analyze, plan and implement regional policies that benefit Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, balancing local control with regional collaboration.

Visit their site here for transportation related data and reports, including:

  • Monterey Bay Metropolitan Transportation Improvement Program (MTIP) 2016-17 to 2019-20 – The MTIP is a four-year program whereby transportation facilities, improvements and service related projects are programmed for federal, state and/or local funding. The MTIP is the document through which federal transportation funds are made available to projects.
  • Moving Forward 2035 Monterey Bay – The Metropolitan Transportation Plan is the federally mandated long-range transportation plan for the Monterey Bay area. This plan lays out a financially constrained list of transportation projects over the next 25 years that will enhance regional mobility as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC)

TAMC serves as Monterey County’s regional transportation planning agency. Check out their video on Traffic Demand Management in City of Monterey, learn how you can re-mode, reduce, and retime.  TAMC also provides traffic volume data on the county’s regional roads, highway network and various local city roads. Visit their site here for more information.

Transportation reports for Monterey County:

  • Monterey County Regional Transportation Plan 2014: Comprehensive report provided by TAMC that satisfies state and federal requirements to identify transportation projects that can be funded over the next 25 years to serve the county’s transportation needs.
  • MBEP Bus Boarding Presentation: This presentation display counts of boardings near large employers in Monterey County. The data was provided by Monterey-Salinas transit.

Visit the TAMC traffic count page here to find the following:

  • Traffic Volume: Download TAMC’s spreadsheet to view traffic volume data during off peak and peak times, including average daily traffic.
  • Interactive Map: TAMC also provides an interactive map to get a quick glance of various traffic volume metrics for a selected road.

Monterey County Traffic Engineering Division

The Monterey County Traffic Engineering Division is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of traffic on county maintained roads.

Visit the site here for more information and to download the latest Annual Average Daily Traffic data file.

Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC)

The SCCRTC is the regional transportation planning agency for Santa Cruz County. The SCCRTC is responsible for delivering safe, convenient, reliable and efficient transportation choice for the community.

Visit the SSCRTC site here for more information and to download the latest Santa Cruz County traffic counts.

Transportation reports for Santa Cruz County:

  • Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Plan: Comprehensive report provided by the SCCRTC on the region’s long range transportation plan and provides guidance for decisions about transportation spending priorities.
  • Santa Cruz County Greenway:Comprehensive study by the Great Santa Cruz Trail Group to facilitate a regional, public discussion regarding the option to convert up to 32 miles of existing rail corridor to a multi-use trail between Santa Cruz and Watsonville.
San Benito Council of Governments

The San Benito Council of Governments is San Benito County’s regional transportation planning agency. Visit their page here for more information.

Transportation reports for San Benito County:

  • San Benito Regional Transportation Plan: Comprehensive report provided by the Council of San Benito County Governments on the future growth and transportation investments needed to support the planned expansion of residential, commercial and industrial sectors.