BEST stands for Better Eugene-Springfield Transportation. We’re a nonprofit that advocates for better public transit and other transportation options, safe streets, walkable neighborhoods, accessible bicycle infrastructure, and more.
We believe everyone in our community has a right to get where they need to go safely and efficiently. We also believe it is important to speak and act together. We partner with private, nonprofit and governmental organizations to work toward a Triple Bottom Line of prosperity, people and planet.
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Consultant Jarrett Walker talks about transit that is “useful” and “abundant” — service that maximizes access for the greatest number and diversity of people. We are working towards this ideal with our own Lane Transit District.
Safe Routes for All
Building on Oregon’s landmark “Bike Bill,” we are working with partners statewide to pass Senate Bill 395 to invest more state funding in safety for people walking or bicycling.
In Oregon, 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation. BEST is working for federal and state policies and funding to support local efforts to slow climate change linked to recent tragic wildfires.
Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), a.k.a. the Infrastructure Investment and Investment Act (IIJA), states—including Oregon—where 15% or more of traffic deaths are people outside vehicles are required to spend 15% or more of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds on vulnerable road user safety.
Lane Transit District (LTD) officials are being invited to introduce themselves to the public they represent via an online questionnaire developed by BEST.
Considering new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BEST urges the Lane Transit District (LTD) Board of Directors to determine what, if any, face mask requirements are needed to protect public safety.
Today, the Metropolitan Policy Committee approved MovingAhead, ratifying what the Eugene City Council and Lane Transit District Board of Directors had already decided in March. The next phase is to refine the design along each “build” corridor (River Road, Highway 99, Martin Luther Kind, Jr. Blvd, and Coburg Road), with input from potentially affected property owners and other key stakeholders. Staff will also seek funding for construction, likely starting with River Road and Highway 99. Full buildout could take a decade or longer.