The 2009/2010 State budget made funds available for data gathering and model development necessary to comply with SB 375 (2008). The Strategic Growth Council designated two objectives for these funds:
- to increase the modeling capacity of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) for direct SB 375 implementation, and
- to support statewide model development and data collection
In 2009 the Council awarded these funds, at the right time to enable all the MPOs to make the needed improvements to prepare compliant Regional Transportation Plans. As a result, these organizations are now better equipped to comply with SB 375, with new and improved tools that can help decision makers assess the effects of their policy decisions.