LWVMC: Support for policies that reduce the use of and dependence upon the automobile, and bring the county into compliance with regional air quality standards.

  1. Transportation planning and land use must be done simultaneously. Neither should have lower priority than the other.
  2. Development and redevelopment should be designed with a multi-modal transportation network to connect people to the places where they work,live, go to school, and shop. The transit system should be linked to the regional network and have coordinated routes, schedules, and fares. Carpooling should be encouraged with the use of incentives and disincentives. Public education on alternatives to the automobile should be a high priority. Carefully designed signs are an important education component.
  3. Roads, tracks, busways, footpaths, and bikeways should be linked to each other so that people have flexibility, mobility, and a variety of choices.
  4. The North West Pacific right-of way should be preserved for a light railsystem or other public transit corridor.
  5. Serious consideration must be given to consolidating all public transit operations in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including future use of the public transit corridor.
  6. Citizens who cannot drive - those who are young, elderly, low income, and disabled - must be provided with non-auto transportation choices. Students should be considered full-fledged commuters. The loss of school buses in the past decade has contributed significantly to traffic congestion, and teenagers with cars are a major source of the increase in autos.
  7. Plans should include easy access to such community facilities as hospitals, schools, libraries, shops,and park/recreation facilities.
  8. Non-auto choices should be designed to provide also for exercise/recreation opportunities.

Adopted 1992