Monday, November 3, 2014

Caltrans Seeks Your Input on How to Improve Interregional Transportation

In an effort to improve community outreach and strengthen California’s interregional transportation system, Caltrans is seeking ideas from the public on how to improve transportation between regions of the state. (More information is available here.)

California’s population is projected to grow to 50 million people in the next decade and a half, which means we need to not only preserve existing transportation infrastructure but also invest in new transit modes that move ever-increasing numbers of people and goods.

The purpose of the forthcoming “Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan” is to identify the best ways to invest in interregional transportation corridors to strengthen California’s economy and livability while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.

For highways, the state will apply a “complete streets” approach where highways are designed to improve all modes of transportation. For rail, the state will explore improved integration of rail systems, including the high-speed rail system, to better serve interregional travelers. Caltrans will also look at the interregional systems of trails and bikeways, and where those can be improved to support active transportation.

As part of the upcoming public outreach, Caltrans will host five 2014 public workshops and a webinar to solicit input and feedback on how to draft a modern transportation plan for interregional corridors. The closest to Los Angeles is the one in Fontana:

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Caltrans District 8, Fontana Office
Management Center Independent Assurance Bldg.
13970 Victoria St.
Fontana, CA

And for those who can’t make it to Fontana, check out the webinar:

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Click here for further information. The event will also be posted here for viewing afterward.

After incorporating public feedback, Caltrans will write a draft document for further public comment in February 2015.

Additional information on the “Interregional Transportation Strategic Plan” can be found here, where the public can also submit written comments and ask questions.