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Efficient Transportation Resources


These resources will help inform your efficient transportation activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.


The Innovative DOT (2nd Edition)
Smart Growth America, January 2014

Smart Growth America has partnered with the State Smart Transportation Initiative to develop The Innovative DOT.  The handbook provides 34 recommendations to help transportation officials position their agencies for success in the new economy.  

Safe Routes to School Toolkit Introduction

Safe Routes to School Toolkit Introduction

Watch the webinar explaining how to use ILG’s Safe Routes to School Toolkit, and then access the toolkit here. 


Two Complete Streets Resources for Local Leaders
Smart Growth America, 2012

Smart Growth America has released two resources for local leaders, a Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook and the Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2011.


California Transportation Plan

The California Transportation Plan is a statewide, long-range transportation plan for meeting our future mobility needs.


Update to the General Plan Guidelines: Complete Streets and the Circulation Elements

The Office of Planning and Research has published new guidelines for cities and counties to use in updating the circulation element of the general plan.  The guidelines are intended to help local agencies create balanced transportation networks that serve the needs of all users, whether driving, walking, bicycling, or using transit. 


Thinking Outside the Farebox

This free guidebook is designed to help community leaders across the country meet the demand for transit by raising money to build and operate it outside of the traditional federal funding sources.


MTC Parking Toolkit

Parking policies play a key role in shaping development patterns in communities throughout the Bay Area — and have a major impact on the quality and feasibility of transit-oriented development.


Smart Growth Network

The Smart Growth Network is a partnership of dozens of public and nonprofit organizations and associations that “work on outreach programs, technical assistance, research, publications, and other collaborative projects.”


(formerly the Transportation and Land Use Coalition)

TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. TransForm builds diverse coalitions, influences policy, and develops innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program

This program provides publications, grants, technical assistance and other resources to state and local agencies, non-profits, and community groups. 


Victoria Transportation Policy Institute

Online Transportation Demand Management Encyclopedia


ILG Hosts Sustainable Community Planning Session at Planners Conference
March 2010

The Institute’s session, Ensuring Mobility in the New Era, featured presentations on how demographic changes and interest in more healthy and sustainable communities is sparking changes in the way local communities plan for transportation.


Efficient Transportation – Snapshot of Local Agency Programs and Policies 2009

Snapshot Summary

Virtually all cities and counties responding have goals or processes specifically designed to reduce automobile dependency.

About the Snapshot

In Spring 2009, the Institute for Local Government’s California Climate Action Network surveyed cities and counties to gather information about activities, policies and programs in five areas related to climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions: commercial recycling, green building, land use and community design, efficient transportation, and civic engagement.

Case stories were prepared for ten communities to provide more detailed background information. While the information gathered does not reflect all of the efficient transportation programs in California communities, it does provide a snap shot of trends, opportunities, constraints and lessons learned.

This project was conducted in partnership with the California Air Resources Board.


Vallejo Transforms a Vacant Lot Into a Transit Village


Sereno Drive Before

For years this 5.86-acre, vacant lot on Sereno Drive had been a magnet for illegal dumping and other activities.23796_Vallejo.gif


Growing Cooler
Urban Land Institute, 2007

This report documents how key changes in land development patterns could help reduce vehicle and greenhouse gas emissions.


2007 Growth and Transportation Survey
Smart Growth America and the National Association of Realtors

A Smart Growth America survey shows Americans prefer to spend more on mass transit and highway maintenance, less on roads. 

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