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Transportation

Focus of the Transportation Team

While the Transportation Team is not active at this time, any League member interested in transportation issues may contact the LWVBC President - president@lwvbc.org - about re-activating the Team for the purpose of study, observation of public meetings, or engaging in a particular project or event. You don't have to be an expert! You--we--learn in the process of study and involvement in the topic.

LWVBC Advocacy

Our League has always been concerned about Transportation as a governmental issue, primarily as related to environmental planning, growth management, and related natural resource issues. Our studies and member consensus position statements are the basis of our ongoing advocacy.

We have been advocating for the following Transportation principles since the 1980s (see Transportation in the second section, NATURAL RESOURCES, of our position statements:

  • The needs of pedestrians and those who use alternatives to the automobile should be included in any comprehensive transportation system.
  • Provision must be made for safe and convenient facilities, sufficient maintenance to insure safe use and funding adequate to cover these costs.
  • In the distribution of public funds allocated to transportation, greater emphasis must be placed on alternatives to the automobile. The League supports incentives to encourage the use of these alternatives.
  • A comprehensive transportation system should give priority to commuter activities of high and frequent use.

Beginning in the 1990s, we have advocated for Impact Fees as an appropriate way to finance public transportation. (Full statement is on p.4 under GOVERNMENT.)

Especially in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, we included transportation in our studies of Growth Management, Governmental Structure, and Principles of Good Planning and reached League member consensus. We continue to advocate on the following positions (all under GOVERNMENT: Environmental Planning in our position statements):

  • Growth Management: Support of adequate study and consideration of the environmental impact of any proposed transportation systems, housing, employment and service installations.
  • Governmental Structure: Planning decisions should be made with full realization of their long-range implications, recognizing that land use, housing and transportation are interrelated and policies affecting them may have regional impacts.
  • Principles of Good Planning: To help manage traffic congestion and encourage the use of alternate modes of transportation, the following are supported: 1. Mixed-use development; 2. Concentration of development along urban transit corridors and at multi-modal transportation centers; 3. Locating development within municipal boundaries, where urban services and facilities are available; 4. Designing and locating streets, walkways and parking to facilitate alternate mode travel.

Regional Issues