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Trans-sierra Transportation Coalition


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During the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference, Dan Landon shared how the Nevada County Transportation Commission is engaged with a larger regional effort to connect planning efforts across rural communities among the Sierra Mountains in Nevada and California.

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Trans-sierra Transportation Coalition

  2. 2. The Trans-Sierra Region 2
  3. 3. The Trans-Sierra Region • 11 counties California Amador Alpine El Dorado Placer Nevada Sierra Nevada Carson Douglas Lyon Storey Washoe • 15,800 square miles • 1.2 million residents CA: 650,000 NV: 550,000 3
  4. 4. 4 The Trans-Sierra Transportation Coalition A voluntary collaboration of parties interested in improving transportation in and adjacent to the Sierra Nevada in northern California and northern Nevada  Visitor authorities  Economic development groups  Environmental groups  TMAs  Local governments  Planning and transportation agencies  Federal and state partners  Chambers of Commerce  Other interested parties
  5. 5. The Trans-Sierra Region: A place like no other • Incredible natural beauty and recreational opportunities 5
  6. 6. The Trans-Sierra Region: A place like no other • Extensive public land ownership 6
  7. 7. The Trans-Sierra Region: A place like no other • Widely dispersed population – lot of wide open spaces 7
  8. 8. The Trans-Sierra Region: A place like no other • Close proximity to major population centers 8
  9. 9. The Trans-Sierra Region: A place like no other • One region straddling two states 9
  10. 10. The Trans-Sierra Region: A place like no other • Large portion of the economy is driven by tourism and recreation 10
  11. 11. The Trans-Sierra Region: Unique transportation needs • Transportation system must not only support businesses and residents, but huge numbers of visitors and recreationists 11
  12. 12. The Trans-Sierra Region: Unique transportation needs • Huge swings in numbers of travelers by time of week, season, and events 12
  13. 13. The Trans-Sierra Region: Unique transportation needs • Transportation system need to move more people around with fewer cars to preserve the environment and the quality of the experience for visitors and residents alike 13
  14. 14. The Trans-Sierra Region: Transportation funding is seriously deficient • Through about 2035 − Needs: $35 billion − Existing funding: $19 billion − Shortfall: $15 billion 14
  15. 15. The Trans-Sierra Region: Transportation funding is seriously deficient • Transportation shortfall is exacerbated by many of the same factors that make the region unique and worthy of preservation − Beauty − Environmental sensitivity − Dispersed resident population − Number of visitors 15
  16. 16. Develop local and state sustained funding sources for 20 to 30+ years − Federal reauthorization of programs beneficial to the region (MAP 21 and other programs) − Creation of dedicated funding streams from the states − Establishing significant local funding sources What is the Trans-Sierra Region doing to address the funding shortfall? Coalition Goals 16
  17. 17. Coalition Goals • Coordinated transportation programs for a larger regional network of trails, transit, and roads − Improve access to federal lands and other scenic and recreational opportunities − Improve visitor mobility for the economy − Support regional economic development and activity − Sustain and enhance quality-of-life for residents 17
  18. 18. Top 5 Most Common Themes AlpineCountyLTC AmadorCountyTC Caltrans CarsonAreaMPO CFL-California CFL-Nevada DouglasCounty ElDoradoCountyTC NevadaCountyTC NDOT PlacerCountyTPA SierraCountyTC TahoeMPO WashoeCountyRTC Provide and maintain a safe, efficient and convenient transportation system           Reduce environmental impacts and improve quality of life        Invest strategically in transportation services and facilities to improve mobility for people and goods movement          Enhance integration and connectivity of a multi-modal transportation system       Strengthen economy by investing in               18
  19. 19. Trans-Sierra Transportation Plan: Vision “The Trans-Sierra region will be served by an integrated multimodal transportation system that is built, operated, and maintained collaboratively, efficiently and sustainably by diverse regional interests with a common voice. The Trans-Sierra transportation system will contribute to a stronger economic community by enhancing residential, commercial and visitor mobility and by coordinating with approved land use plans. This system will promote safety and support protection of the region’s outstanding environmental assets by reducing congestion, vehicle emissions, and roadway-related pollutants and erosion.” 19
  20. 20. Scope of Phase 1 • Define Coalition Geography • Determine a collective transportation vision and plan − Compliments existing transportation plans − Focus on common goals and objectives, vs. individual projects and services − Identify opportunities for synergy 20
  21. 21. Scope of Phase 1 • Develop a “business case” documenting the costs and benefits of implementing the collective transportation vision − Economic and non-economic benefits of transportation investment − Collective benefits measured quantitatively or qualitatively − Compilation of costs to implement, operate, and sustain current and future transportation investments • Document the funding challenges that could affect the vision − Based upon existing plans and a regional roll up 21
  22. 22. Objectives of Phase 1 1) Make a compelling case for comprehensive, sustainable transportation investments across the region 2) Provide coalition members information to support individual efforts for additional funding 22
  23. 23. What could be done for the Trans-Sierra Region with full transportation funding? 23
  24. 24. Full Transportation Funding for the Trans-Sierra Region • Sustainable, integrated, multimodal system serving the needs of current and future generations − Operations − Maintenance − System renewal − Expansion and evolution to meet future demands of the region 24
  25. 25. Full Transportation Funding for the Trans-Sierra Region • Inter-regional multi-modal corridors − I-80, US 50, and US 395/I-580 • Intra-regional/local facilities and services − Streets − Transit − Bicycle − Pedestrian • Environmental projects 25
  26. 26. Benefits Trans-Sierra Transportation Investment for Business • Job Creation • Greater economic competiveness, diversity, and stability • More effective work force recruitment and retention • Sustained and expanded visitation and tourism • Enhanced attractiveness for special events (Olympics) − I-80, US 50, and US 395/I-580 26
  27. 27. Benefits Trans-Sierra Transportation Investment for Residents • Economic prosperity, competitiveness, and opportunity • Increased public resources to strengthen communities (increased tax revenue) • Outstanding quality of life 27
  28. 28. Benefits Trans-Sierra Transportation Investment for Visitors • More to do • Easier to do it • Improved quality of experience • Eco-friendly recreation • Enhanced quality-of-life (an even better backyard playground for the northern California Megapolitan region) 28
  29. 29. 29 Follow Up Activity: January 27, 2017 • Shared understanding of transportation demand, present and future. • Transportation policy discussions. • Common transportation strategies for coordinated action. • Identification of key research data or studies needed. • Agreement on coordination and collaboration among governments, business associations and nonprofit organizations to implement solutions.
  30. 30. 30 Next Steps: • Formalize and grow mega-region partnerships with periodic meetings and task forces. • Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) to lead on formal collaboration agreements. • Better align common interests, including creation of shared vision. • Explore ways to pool resources and share data. • Explore implementing transportation/trip planning software for the mega-region. • Consider coordinating an aligned legislative strategy. • Work toward aligning transportation performance metrics.
  31. 31. 31 The Trans-Sierra Transportation Coalition