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.

UNDERLYING STRATEGIES

Centers and corridors
Climate protection and resilience
New funding sources
Prioritize investments
Data and technology

SPECIFIC STRATEGIES

RELATED GOALS

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.

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS — Integrate emergency preparedness planning into the transportation planning processes, recognizing the important role transportation systems play in emergency response and recovery and emphasizing the needs of vulnerable populations.

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY — Ensure innovative transportation technology facilities and services are accessible to residents of all races, ages, abilities and income levels.

EQUITABLE INVESTMENT — Support greater investment in transportation projects that address the needs of disadvantaged populations and communities and ensure more equitable outcomes.

GOODS MOVEMENT — Support the safe and efficient multimodal movement of goods across the region’s highways and roadways, railroads, ports and airports and ensure that freight and logistics facilities are developed in alignment with land-use, workforce and environmental goals.

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.

MOBILITY INNOVATIONS — Promote innovative services and technologies that expand or enhance safe and efficient mobility options for people and goods.

MORE MODE CHOICES — Prioritize broader implementation of accessible mobility services, such as bicycle, scooter and car-sharing options, as well as microtransit services to supplement fixed-route transit with first/last mile solutions.

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.

REGIONAL CONNECTIONS — Support improvements to intercity passenger and freight transportation facilities and services that connect our region to domestic and international markets.

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.

SYSTEM PRESERVATION — Allocate adequate funding and employ effective asset management practices to preserve and maintain the region’s transportation systems in a state of good repair.

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.

WEATHER EVENTS — Improve the operational response to weather events to ensure public safety and mobility. Employ effective technologies that monitor the integrity of transportation infrastructure and relay real-time data to ensure responsiveness to events and overall mobility for all.

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