San Joaquin One Voice®
San Joaquin One Voice® is SJCOG’s advocacy program for San Joaquin County promoting projects, programs and issues of regional significance to federal legislators and agencies, typically through an annual trip to Washington, D.C. The purpose of One Voice® is to advocate for new or increased funding and legislation for issues and projects of regional significance to the San Joaquin region.
The goal was, and remains, to assemble a public-private delegation, select prioritized projects, and then visit Congressional and Federal departmental representatives in Washington, D.C. to pursue funding and grant opportunities.
Building on the broad-based, public-private coalition SJCOG assembled, Congressional representatives and their staff have welcomed and encouraged the One Voice® communications as a means of assisting federal representatives identify, prioritize and shepherd much-needed projects and programs through the federal budgetary process.
2024 One Voice®
The annual One Voice® trip to Washington, DC, is scheduled for May 6-9, 2024. The One Voice® delegation will meet face-to-face with our federal lawmakers and officials to tell them where federal funding can be best spent on regionally significant projects. More details to come soon.
Nine projects were submitted in accordance with the legislative themes, which was approved at the SJCOG Board meeting in February 2024. View the 2024 One Voice® Project Summaries.
- Vehicle Replacement Project (SJRTD/UCP)
- Interstate 580/Corral Hollow Road Interchange Project (Tracy)
- Interstate 5/Louise Avenue Interchange Project (Lathrop)
- Energy Center Hydrogen Conversion Project (Lodi)
- State Route 120/Airport Way Diverging Diamond Interchange Project (Manteca)
- Grant Line Road Corridor Improvement Project (San Joaquin County)
- North Lathrop Transfer Station Project (SJRRC)
- Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard Rail and Roadway Reconstruction Project (Stockton)
- State Route 99/State Route 120 Interchange, Phase B (SJCOG)
Become a part of shaping the future of the region’s transportation – infrastructure, mobility, air quality – by helping sponsor San Joaquin One Voice®.
As a sponsor, you will be recognized in various ways and be part of a team to make a difference in the San Joaquin region. It’s easy to sign-up and we will be sure to let you know how your support helped the mission. View the sponsorship package.
Please email OneVoice@sjcog.org to indicate your sponsorship level by March 31.
The One Voice® approach is positively recognized and viewed as a means of helping our elected federal representatives to prioritize and shepherd needed projects and programs crucial to improving infrastructure and transportation choices in San Joaquin County through the federal budget process.
Our efforts are positively recognized at the federal level and we have been encouraged to continue our collaborative approach and build upon the relationships and communications established with our federal representatives.
With the return for "earmarks", Congress has the opportunity to augment infrastructure authorizations with discretionary appropriations benefiting specific regions while the federal government still distributes hundreds of billions of dollars through formula and grant programs. The San Joaquin One Voice® delegation takes this opportunity to receive counsel from legislators, legislative staff and the administration about the various federal programs and guide us on how we can successfully compete in the grant process.
Equity and Accessibility
SJCOG and its member communities are dedicated to enhancing transportation infrastructure and access, particularly in underserved areas. SJCOG integrates a Sustainable Community Strategy into its Regional Transportation Plan, fostering coordinated planning with neighboring entities to address regional impacts on transportation, housing, and the environment. SJCOG supports policies to:
- Encourage economic development and job training in economically challenged areas
- Implement strategies for improved non-motorized travel infrastructure, public transportation access, and services in underserved communities
- Prioritize road safety measures, reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel, and address air pollution, especially in environmental justice-impacted areas
- Advocate for local government authority in determining eligible development for Opportunity Zone or similar investments
- Seek additional resources to enhance residents' quality of life.
Transportation Sustainability and Resiliency
San Joaquin County, part of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, faces significant air quality challenges. Tasked with reducing transportation emissions and enhancing mobility options, SJCOG and its communities are preparing for climate change impacts and improving infrastructure. As the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is implemented, SJCOG encourages policies and programs that:
- Sustain programs like the Clean School Bus, Low- and No-Emission Transit Bus, and Intelligent Transportation Systems for various low/no-emission vehicles
- Expand electric vehicle charging programs, ensuring inclusivity across urban, suburban, and rural areas
- Prioritize alternative fuel vehicle mobility programs for efficient and emission-reducing people movement
- Continue implementing federal grants for emissions reduction in on-road and off-road vehicles
- Support air quality empowerment zone legislation
- Advocate for Buy America requirements under FHWA to promote domestic content and manufacturing in energy-efficient and emission-reducing technologies in vehicles.
Innovation and Mobility
SJCOG actively supports the development of innovative transit technology, fostering forward-thinking approaches to improve financing, planning, system design, and service. The focus is on advancing strategies for equitable accessibility and leveraging private sector investments. SJCOG endorses:
- Local authority over the integration of AVs and connected vehicles, allowing regional organizations to guide testing and adoption based on community needs.
- Expansion of programs like SMART grants and ATTAIN to support research projects on transit technology, clean corridor tracking, new technology, and platooning.
- Ongoing implementation and enhancement of mobility technology programs and test beds for AVs, bikes, scooters, etc., aligning with environmental sustainability goals.
San Joaquin County serves as an economic gateway, supporting regional economic activity. SJCOG advocates for policies and programs that:
- Expand eligibility and implementation of DOT and HUD programs like Thriving Communities to incentivize integrated transportation and housing commercial hubs.
- Invest strategically in enhancing goods movement for agricultural supply chains and manufacturing logistics.
- Support grant applications for managed lanes and improvements to STAA routes.
- Advocate for bridge-specific projects, including preventative maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement within trade corridors.
- Ensure accessible broadband programs for all San Joaquin Valley communities.
- Back communities updating regional plans for resilience and green workforce development under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.
Since 2000, San Joaquin One Voice® has secured over $142 million in federal appropriations for transportation priorities such as roadway improvements, railroad crossings, transit capital, and airport improvement projects.
2022 One Voice® Program Successes
The region received $9 million in earmarks on three projects:
- SJCOG’s State Route 99/120 Interchange Phase 1B ($5 million)
- SJRRC’s Rail Academy or Central California (TRACC - $1.5 million)
- Stockton’s Grant Line Road Improvements ($2.5 million) projects.
2023 One Voice® Program Successes
SJCOG submitted State Route 99/120 Interchange Phase 1B project for an appropriation through Congressman Josh Harder’s office. An appropriation in the amount of $500,000 is currently pending review and ultimate approval through Congress.