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Road Diets

Cities and Towns shrink streets with 4+ car lanes. The change removes lanes dedicated to cars and adds space for active transportation modes such as bicycling and walking, as well as other community benefits such as trees and green space.

Jurisdiction (Who can make the decision?)
City/town councils and staff

Equity considerations
Could provide more shade trees, green space, walking paths, and safe bicycling routes in neighborhoods lacking these amenities.

Scale of Greenhouse Gas reductions
TBD

Co-benefits
Health benefits of increase active transportation. Shade trees provide summertime cooling/reduce urban heat island effect. Green space for community gardens.

Cost considerations
Potential savings through community volunteer labor force.

Where it has been tried
Local example: Santa Rosa West 3rd Street

Other examples: TBD

Imagine it:
IT"S THE YEAR 2024. Santa Rosa has transformed several of its larger avenues--beginning with North Dutton and West 3rd-- to reduce lanes dedicated to cars and emphasize active transportation modes such as bicycling and walking. Many local residents supported the changes--and joined volunteer crews to assist with tree planting, street repainting, and garden installations. Bicycle commuting increased six-fold in the neighborhood, allowing people to save money previously spent on car maintenance and fuel. New public gardens and park spaces in the median strips have given neighbors opportunities to interact and led to a stronger sense of community.

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More Frequent Buses

Sonoma County Transit increases its bus frequency to 30 minutes for commuter routes.

Jurisdiction (Who can make the decision?)
Sonoma County Transit (SCT); budget controlled by Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

Equity considerations
Provides more efficient transportation for people who do not own a car (either by choice or by circumstance) or cannot drive a car (due to age or ability.)

Scale of Greenhouse Gas reductions
TBD

Co-benefits
TBD

Cost considerations
SCT budget is determined by the County Board of Supervisors, though the majority of its revenue comes through federal dollars and Measure M (reauthorized by voters in the form of Measure DD in 2020) local sales tax revenue. Farebox recovery (i.e. the money collected from riders) is a relatively low percentage of operating budget, so increased ridership will not sustain increased service.

Where it has been tried
Local example: TBD

Other examples: TBD

Imagine it:
Ridership increases and overall car traffic decreases on county roads.

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Free Transit

Sonoma County Transit, Santa Rosa City Bus, and Petaluma Transit team up to make it free to ride the bus anywhere in the county.

Jurisdiction (Who can make the decision?)
Sonoma County Transit (SCT), budget controlled by Sonoma County Board of Supervisors; Santa Rosa City Bus, budget controlled by Santa Rosa City Council; and Petaluma Transit, budget controlled by Petaluma City Council.

Equity considerations
Provides more affordable transportation for people who do not own a car (either by choice or by circumstance) or cannot drive a car (due to age or ability.) SCT currently provides free service for collage students and veterans. SCT offers discounted fares for "Youth, Senior Citizen, Disabled, and Medicare Card Holders."

Scale of Greenhouse Gas reductions
TBD

Co-benefits
TBD

Cost considerations
The majority of transit revenue comes through federal dollars and Measure M (reauthorized by voters in the form of Measure DD in 2020) local sales tax revenue. Farebox recovery (i.e. the money collected from riders) is a relatively low percentage of operating budget, so elimionating fares is actually a relatively low hurdle to clear.

Where it has been tried
Local example: Sonoma County Transit's Fare Free Program in Sebastopol, Windsor, Healdsburg, Guerneville, and Sonoma Valley.

Other examples:

Imagine it:
Ridership undergoes an extraordinary increase, prompting even further increases in service.

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Ban on New Gas Stations

The county and cities ban the construction of new gas stations.

Jurisdiction (Who can make the decision?)
TBD

Equity considerations
Because many middle to low income people rely on vehicles that use gas--and gas stations to fill them--this policy MUST be paired with strong policies to strengthen free transportation alternatives such a bus services and safe bicycling infrastructure.

Scale of Greenhouse Gas reductions
TBD

Co-benefits
TBD

Cost considerations
No cost for jursidictions implimenting policy, other than a very minor loss in permit revenue.

Where it has been tried
Local example: Petaluma local ban on new gas stations.

Other examples: TBD

Imagine it:

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Posted by Angela Conte(Santa Rosa)

No new road construction until all current roads are repaired and updated to current use needs. There are too many poorly managed streets and roads as it is to add more by expanding outwards. Rather than expanding our community with added development and roads, current infrastructure must be updated to optimum levels before new construction can be added. This means smaller foot prints with vertical building structures in dense urban areas and improvements of these transport routes first.

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