Each goal has strategies specific to achieving it. Many of those strategies apply to multiple goals. Throughout the planning process, we identified a set of broader strategies that may not be specific to a goal or set of goals but underlie the entire plan and play an important role in realizing our regional vision.
AIR QUALITY — Prioritize projects and programs that reduce ozone-forming and particulate emissions to ensure continued compliance with federal air quality standards and consistent with the Clean Air Action Plan.
COMPLETE AND GREEN STREETS — Design, build and maintain streets that are safe and convenient for all travelers, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, transit riders and freight and that use natural systems to enhance stormwater management, mitigate heat islands, improve air and water quality to create desirable corridors connecting walkable activity centers. Complete streets information
ELECTRIC VEHICLES — Develop policies and programs to encourage the purchase of electric and no-emission vehicles for public and private fleets and personal vehicle ownership. Expand public access to electric vehicles through electric car-sharing programs discounted for low-income individuals. Encourage local governments to require all new residential and commercial buildings to provide charging facilities.
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE — Implement recommendations in the regional Green Infrastructure Framework. Integrate environmental, land use and transportation planning to achieve multiple policy goals using natural and engineered ecosystem services within transportation programs and projects.
MOBILITY HUBS — Work with local governments to develop, fund and build mobility hubs in key activity centers where transit services connect with a variety of other mobility services so people can easily switch from bike to bus, rent a car or bike, hail a ride, meet a vanpool, or charge an electric vehicle.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION — Expand and enhance transit services along high-demand corridors as recommended in the Smart Moves Plan. Provide microtransit, or other on-call, curb to curb mobility services for lower density areas throughout the region to provide an appropriate balance between ridership and coverage goals.
SAFETY — Prioritize safety for all modes of travel through engineered, educational and enforcement solutions as recommended in the Regional Safety Blueprint. This may include engineering efforts such as traffic calming and street tree planting, educational outreach such as public service announcements and data sharing, and enforcement of seat belt and safe driving behaviors.
SYSTEM EFFICIENCY — Design, fund and implement projects and programs that improve and maintain reliable, efficient system operations, including transportation demand management strategies, transportation system management and operations, and intelligent transportation systems consistent with regional congestion management policies.
TRAILS AND BIKEWAYS — Implement the MetroGreen system with continued planning support as needed, in coordination with the Regional Bikeway Plan. This includes connected trails, greenways and the network of on- and off-road facilities. Develop this system with an increased emphasis on natural resource conservation and restoration of connected stream and riparian corridors.
URBAN HEAT ISLANDS — Reduce the amount of heat-absorbing infrastructure within the transportation system through the use of emerging technologies and best practices as well as the incorporation of tree canopy coverage into project design and construction. To the extent practicable, utilize transportation rights of way to expand urban tree canopy and native landscape coverage, especially in areas with vulnerable populations.