Transportation

posted Friday, January 16, 2009        

January Meeting:  Organizing Questions:
I would like to see a Rapid Transit Magnetic Train between Tucson and Phoenix

How can we get a fast train between Tucson and Phoenix?

How can we as the residents and citizens of Tucson shift to a predominately car-free culture? Car free city = Uban spce absent of personal motorized petroleum-consuming vehicles.

How many people in this audience are generating their own electricity at home? We must be the change we wish to see… If not us, who? If not now, when? If not here, where?

In 20 years, is it possible that _ – _ of us could have come to this meeting by some means other than the automobile? I would like to walk out of this meeting 20 years hence and see an empty -or- no parking lot!

Best uses for ex-roadways (paved streets & highways) in urban areas, without all of the vehicles and traffic we have now?

How do we create a sustainable transportation system for Tucson? How do we create a sustainable food system that minimizes carbon footprint & nurtures & cultivates local food production and commerce (?)

Sustainable Mass Transit – how to start?

Buses – safety issues. Can get exercise from stop to stop.

Needs to be done: Low cost transportation connecting different segments of Tucson more easily.

How do we get renewable energy powered transportation as main mode in Tucson and eliminate fossil fuels by 2029?

How do we retrofit Tucson’s infrastructure for a sustainable humane future?

Group Discussion:

Buses – Much more accessible and timely – more routes

Lights (solar), safety (bus stops user friendly, shaded), security (need more people out there)

Readily/always available bus passes
Electronic passes
Promote exercise & riding bus
Renewable energy powered

Inter-city train – Tucson to PHX

Magnetic Power
Solar Power

Multi-modal transportation

Cycling

Other Mass Transport – Promote Fed & State Funding/Incentives

Light Rail – support Steve Farley

Time Is Now after 10 years of discussion

Driving Factors
Peak Oil and High Cost (of fuel)
Create Accountability & Govt.
New Markets/Jobs
Better Urban Design/Living
Change size of/Priorities of roads
Space Allocations (reallocate parking lots)

Understand/Use new economic drivers toward mass transit

New Vision for “community”
Reduce Sprawl
Extend Mass Transit Everywhere Needed to Serve Inner Community
Rezoning, Mixed Zoning

“Envision Utah” model – look at case studies

Find other models
Urban Villages
Mass Transit connect cores/hubs and…

Other Modes:
Shuttles (inner or intercity), Monorail, Rickshaws,
Bike Sharing

“Naked Streets” – Woonee – traffic speed/use – use for non-traffic events/times

Electric cars/plug ins/solar powered battery back-ups
Tucson Electric Vehicle Association

Bicycles
See Tucson Bike Lawyer.com
Bike Boulevards
Multi-use paths

Getting it all done
Abundant Resources
Scarcity of Implementation
Identify New Opportunities
Maneuver to accomplish change/transformation

Need to find what motivates

Key Points:

1) Support Alternative Transport – busses, trains, bicycles, walking, electric vehicles. Use renewable energy sources always
2) Redevelop Sustainable Communities
i. Rezoning and mixed use

Living Streets
ii. Restrict traffic use
iii. Reclaim street for living/neighborhood connections

3) Explore Incentives/methods for
i. New Policy/Incentives/Economic Drivers
ii. Application to Recapture of space used by “automobile culture”/industry

February Meeting:  Who else needs to be invited/involved?

Decision-makers
Lots of layers of gov and business
Business leaders
Diverse users – bus , old Pueblo Trolley
Urban land Institute
Travel demand management
Major commercial property owners
Slogging(?) jitneys
Planners with knowledge and expereence of form-based codes
America2050 – transit
Jan Cervelli (UA Architecture dean)
Scott Bernstein, center for neighborhood Technology
Transportation4America
Phil Lopez
Chamber of Commerce, NE Business Coalition
NH
Sociologists



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