In rural communities, investment in transportation is critical. The human and business connections made possible by an effective transportation infrastructure create the basis for a healthier economy and communities even though they seldom “make money” by themselves.
- Calaveras County should have well-constructed, fully financed and well-maintained roads.
- Additional transportation options should exist for seniors, youth, and low-income residents who may not own a private vehicle or be able to drive alone.
The county should:
- Strive to improve the quality and range of transportation alternatives in the county, including the bus system and bike and pedestrian routes.
- Promote transportation options that reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions as well as our dependence on fossil fuels.
- Set the example by establishing fuel efficiency and emissions standards for county-owned vehicles and promoting the use of alternative fuels for those vehicles.
- Improve transit connections to Columbia College for District 2 students. A three-hour holdover does nothing to encourage use of public transportation or timely attendance in class.
- Ensure that new development pays its fair share for needed roads and other transportation infrastructure so existing residents do not shoulder the burden.
- Promote transit options for tourists.
- Identify new local funding sources for road maintenance. Maintain existing road infrastructure. Place priority on main transportation routes, including roads that provide significant fire evacuation routes.
- Encourage business development on sites served by transit.
- Ensure intercounty connectedness that supports elder and youth needs (medical services, shopping, social services, college access).
- Ensure that new subdivisions include sidewalks and bike paths.
- Promote ride sharing and encourage large subdivisions to incorporate measures to reduce solo vehicle trips.
- Apply for funding to improve safe routes to schools, pedestrian trails, and bike paths.