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Efficient Transportation Case Stories


Transportation is the largest generator of greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, reducing vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and idling times are key components in addressing climate change.

Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.


Road Diets Make Streets Leaner, Safer and More Efficient

Road diets remove motor vehicle lanes to create space for bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks, bulb-outs and safer parking. Essentially road diets make streets “complete” — designed to accommodate all potential users including bicyclists, drivers, transit riders and pedestrians of every age and ability. This article outlines what road diets are, the benefits associated with them and how they are being implemented across California.

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City of La Mirada – Efficient Transportation Program to Address Climate Change

La Mirada’s Transit service provides a flexible route Dial-a-Ride program, offering “curb-to-curb” service within the city.

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City of Riverbank – Efficient Transportation Program to Address Climate Change

The City of Riverbank’s 2009 general plan update focuses on increasing transportation choices available to residents through closer integration of land use and transportation planning. This includes increasing street “connectivity” (the frequency with which streets or roads intersect) and other strategies supporting non-automobile travel. The city works closely with developers to implement these goals.

Case Story City of Santa Clarita

City of Santa Clarita – Efficient Transportation Program to Address Climate Change

The City of Santa Clarita is using a variety of technologies to increase the efficiency of, and reduce costs associated with, its roadways and transportation systems.

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County of San Mateo- Efficient Transportation Program to Address Climate Change

San Mateo County’s Commute Alternatives Program offers county employees transit pass, vanpool, carpool, bike, and walk to work subsidies, along with a Guaranteed Ride Home Program, carpool-only parking facilities, and bike lockers.

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County of Tehama – Efficient Transportation Program to Address Climate Change

Lacking the resources of many larger counties in California, Tehama County focuses its efforts to improve transportation efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases on collaboration with other local government agencies, and leveraging the resources it has to provide multiple benefits, including those not related directly to these goals.

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Petaluma – Central Petaluma Specific Plan

The Central Petaluma Specific Plan concentrates development downtown in order to improve residents’ ability to use transit and link to regional transportation networks.

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