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Santa Barbara County, located on the south central coast of California is bordered by San Luis Obispo County to the north, Ventura County to the east, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south.  Served by U.S. 101, Santa Barbara lies 100 miles north of Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco.

Santa Barbara County is home to some of the most beautiful scenic landscape in the United States.  This beauty along with a high quality of life, is the reason thousands of people move to the region annually.  This growth is increasing the importance of the region's transportation infrastructure as we move into the future.

Santa Barbara County Association of Governments
The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) is the Regional Transportation Planning Agency for Santa Barbara County and provides administration on many of the improvements on U.S. 101.  The SBCAG Board of Directors designated the widening of U.S. 101 on the Santa Barbara South Coast as the region's top transportation priority.

 
     
SBCAG also administers the county's half-cent sales tax for transportation, called Measure A.  Measure A will implement needed transportation improvement projects and programs in Santa Barbara County from 2010 to 2040.  It will generate approximately $1.050 billion over its life and will help leverage and match an estimated $0.5 billion in state and federal funds.  Included in the Measure A Program is $140 million for the widening of U.S. 101 on the South Coast.  Measure A also includes funding for projects to reduce congestion on the highway such as funding for interregional transit and the implementation of a commuter rail service.

To learn more about Measure A, please visit www.measurea.net.
 
     
U.S. 101 Improvements in Santa Barbara County    
SBCAG has identified several improvements and on-going projects on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara County. 

These projects include:
   
     
Widening Highway 101  
This project will widen Highway 101 from 4 to 6 lanes between the city of Carpinteria and the city of Santa Barbara to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion and match the 6 lane highway south of Carpinteria and north of Santa Barbara.  The project will be delivered in four phases and will provide a High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) travel lane.  (Click on the map to the right to view improvements by phase).  
     
Interregional Bus Service    
The VISTA Coastal Express Bus Service is an intercounty transit service operating between Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.  The Coastal Express operates seven days a week in both directions and added brand new buses on all routes in 2003.  The service helps reduce congestion on U.S. 101 by providing commuters traveling from Ventura County with an alternative to driving.  
     
Commuter and Passenger Rail Service    
Once implemented, the project will help improve passenger rail service between Ventura and Goleta to reduce congestion on Highway 101 and provide commuters with an alternative to driving.