Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change (TAQCC) Committee
Due to social distancing requirements, we will use the conferencing tool “Zoom” for this meeting. Details on how to join the meeting will be distributed using TAQCC’s Google group. If you are not subscribed to this group or otherwise want help, please contact John Deeter at <jdeeter [at] gmail [dot] com>.
The Sacramento Transportation Authority (STA) plans to put a County-wide transportation sales tax called “Measure A-plus” on the November ballot. ECOS helped create the SacMoves/SMART coalition, which promotes a Transportation Expenditure Plan with 50% allocated for transit. This month, the STA Board adopted a Plan with less than 40% for transit, which is at least better than around 30% in Measure B, which narrowly lost in 2016. STA has sent this Plan to County jurisdictions for their consideration, and the Sacramento City Council recently voted unanimously to approve it.
At our April 2 TAQCC meeting, we will discuss whether ECOS should support Measure A-plus. Roger Dickinson will provide background about our effort to improve the measure. Roger has served as a California Assembly member, and recently chaired the Sacramento Transportation Coalition. Before that, he chaired Regional Transit’s Board of Directors, and was President of “Friends of Light Rail”.
We will also provide updates on other issues, such as the Mayors’ Climate Commission, Sacramento City’s Declaration of a Climate Emergency, and the County’s Climate Action Plan.
The Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change Committee supports policies and projects that:
– provide all residents of the Sacramento region with pedestrian, bicycle and transit access to jobs, schools, shopping, services and recreation
– provide adequate and efficient goods movement and support the provision of local goods and services over those requiring long distance transport
– protect and strengthen local communities, towns and urban centers from the corrosive effects of traffic while promoting equity and opportunity for all residents
– minimize impacts on and use of the land, air and water
– minimize the consumption of limited resources and reduce pollution and noise
– encourage land uses that minimize travel requirements
– eliminate transportation subsidies which handicap achievement of the above goals
– ensure vigorous and effective public participation in transportation planning
ECOS’ Transportation, Air Quality & Climate Change (TAQCC) Committee meets at 6:00 p.m. on on the first Thursday of each month, in the conference room at Mogavero Architects, 2012 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.