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Transportation Plan

Transportation planning with a clean energy focus is key to transitioning to communities where we can all breathe easier, travel more safely, and enjoy the ride.

Action Steps

Developing a transportation plan that transitions a community to clean forms of transportation involves a comprehensive and strategic approach. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help a town, working in collaboration with its local council of governments, achieve this:

1. Establish a Vision and Goals

Vision:

    • Define a clear vision for the town’s transportation future, focusing on sustainability, accessibility, and reduced emissions.

Goals:

    • Set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals. Examples include increasing the percentage of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, improving public transportation ridership, and enhancing infrastructure for active transportation like biking and walking.

 

2. Engage Stakeholders

Stakeholder Involvement:

    • Involve a diverse group of stakeholders including local government officials, transportation experts, community members, business owners, and environmental groups.

Public Input:

    • Conduct surveys, public meetings, and workshops to gather input and build consensus on priorities and solutions.

 

3. Assess Current Conditions

Data Collection:

    • Analyze current transportation patterns, infrastructure, and environmental impact. This includes traffic flow, public transportation usage, existing EV infrastructure, and active transportation facilities.

Environmental Impact:

    • Assess the town’s carbon footprint related to transportation and identify areas for improvement.

 

4. Develop a Strategic Plan

Infrastructure Investment:

    • Plan for the expansion of EV charging stations, improvement of public transportation systems, and development of safe, connected active transportation networks.

Policy Framework:

    • Develop policies that support clean transportation, such as incentives for EV purchases, subsidies for public transportation, and zoning laws that promote walkable communities.

Funding:

    • Identify funding sources, such as federal and state grants, public-private partnerships, and local taxes or bonds.

 

5. Implement the Plan

Phased Implementation:

    • Roll out the plan in phases, starting with pilot projects to test and refine approaches. Prioritize projects that provide the greatest benefit in the shortest time.

Public Awareness Campaigns:

    • Launch educational campaigns to inform residents about the benefits of clean transportation and how they can participate.

 

6. Monitor and Evaluate Progress

 

Performance Metrics:

    • Establish metrics to evaluate the success of the plan, such as reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, increases in public transportation ridership, and the adoption rate of EVs.

 

Regular Reviews:

    • Conduct regular reviews and adjust the plan as needed based on performance data and changing conditions.

 

7. Foster Continuous Improvement

Innovation:

    • Encourage innovation and the adoption of new technologies and practices that support clean transportation.

Community Feedback:

    • Continuously engage with the community to gather feedback and make improvements to the plan.

Key Considerations:

  • Equity: Ensure that transportation improvements benefit all community members, including low-income and underserved populations.
  • Resilience: Build a transportation system that is resilient to climate change and other potential disruptions.
  • Interconnectivity: Ensure that different modes of transportation (EVs, public transit, biking, walking) are well-integrated and provide seamless connections.

Examples of Successful Initiatives:

  • Portland, Oregon: Extensive network of bike lanes and public transit options, coupled with strong community engagement.
  • Oslo, Norway: Aggressive policies for EV adoption and substantial investment in public transportation infrastructure.
  • Freiburg, Germany: Integration of land-use planning and transportation policy to create a highly

Here are specific examples of transportation plans focusing on clean energy modes of transportation for smaller communities with populations of 100,000 or less:

1. Boulder, Colorado: Transportation Master Plan

Overview: Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) emphasizes sustainability and the transition to clean energy transportation. The plan includes strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through increased use of public transit, cycling, and walking, as well as the promotion of electric vehicles.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Expansion of the electric vehicle charging network
  • Increased frequency and coverage of public transit services
  • Development of bike lanes and pedestrian pathways
  • Incentives for the adoption of electric vehicles

Link: Boulder’s Transportation Master Plan

 

2. Burlington, Vermont: PlanBTV Walk/Bike

Overview: Burlington’s plan focuses on creating a walkable and bikeable city with enhanced infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists. The plan includes measures to reduce car dependency and promote sustainable transportation options.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Development of extensive bike lanes and pedestrian walkways
  • Improvements to public transit to increase accessibility and convenience
  • Promotion of electric vehicle use through infrastructure and incentives
  • Community engagement and education on sustainable transportation

Link: Burlington’s PlanBTV Walk/Bike

 

3. Eugene, Oregon: Climate Action Plan 2.0

Overview: Eugene’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 addresses transportation as a key area for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The plan includes strategies for increasing the use of public transportation, promoting active transportation, and supporting the transition to electric vehicles.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Expansion of the EV charging network
  • Enhancements to public transportation services
  • Investments in bike and pedestrian infrastructure
  • Incentives for EV purchases and use

Link: Eugene’s Climate Action Plan 2.0

 

4. Ann Arbor, Michigan: A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan

Overview: Ann Arbor’s A2Zero plan aims for carbon neutrality by 2030, with transportation being a major focus. The plan includes initiatives to increase the use of electric vehicles, improve public transportation, and create more bike-friendly and walkable areas.

Key Focus Areas:

  • Expansion of EV charging stations
  • Electrification of public and municipal vehicle fleets
  • Enhancement of biking and walking infrastructure
  • Public incentives for adopting EVs

Link: Ann Arbor’s A2Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan

These examples highlight how smaller communities are actively developing and implementing plans to transition to cleaner, more sustainable transportation modes.

Taking Action

Townwide

STUDY

PLAN

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>Vehicle Inventory

>Transp. Infrastructure Assmt.

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>Transportation Plan

>Funding Options

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>Education

>Policy Making

>Installation

Municipal

STUDY

PLAN

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>Town Fleet Assessment

>VMT Assessment

>EV Chargers Siting Assessment

>Vehicle Replacement Schedule

>VMT and Idling Reduction Plan

>Funding Options

>Charging Station Installation

>Fleet Conversion

>Employee Training

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