UPDATE 11/5/2020: Added BEST’s recommendations … and a summary of MPC’s action and a link to the video of the meeting.
BEST and other community leaders are pushing local officials to slow climate change, which the recent wildfires underscore is already happening.
The Eugene-Springfield-Coburg Metropolitan Policy Committee (MPC) is looking to add a goal or objective to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the next Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).
On Thursday, Nov. 5, at 11:30 a.m., testify virtually to tell MPC to take action, or just tune in to bear witness.
BEST notes that climate change is already reflected in the draft goals, but recommends making it explicit. BEST also recommends later develop performance measures to guide actions.
At their meeting, MPC ultimately directed staff to add language to the draft 3rd goal: “Transportation greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.” They further directed staff to add an objective: “Strive to reduce vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions and congestion through more sustainable street, bike, pedestrian, transit, and rail network design, location, and management.”
To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, save lives, promote better health, and create places where people want to live, a new report from Transportation for America and Smart Growth America recommends:
Getting onerous government regulations out of the way of providing more homes where people naturally drive less;
Making safety the top priority for street design to encourage more short trips;
Instituting GHG reduction and less driving as goals of the transportation system;
Investing heavily in other options for getting around; and
Lane County Transportation Advisory Committee (TrAC)
Time:5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Location:Goodpasture Room, Lane County Customer Service Center, 3050 N Delta Hwy, Eugene, OR 97408, USA
Transportation Advisory Committee (TrAC) Formerly known as the Roads Advisory Committee (RAC), the Transportation Advisory Committee (TrAC) acts as a forum for public input on Lane County's transportation system and serves as a liaison group in representing transportation concerns of the community to the Board of County Commissioners. The committee changed its name in 2016 (from the RAC to the TrAC) to reflect a broader, multi-modal, and programmatic approach to Lane County's transportation system.
Construction of the community-preferred alternative that was developed in 2014 is now possible, thanks to additional funding provided by the Oregon Legislature, as part of the jurisdictional transfer of Territorial Highway to Lane County in March 2019.
The 5.71 miles of Territorial Highway located between Gillespie Corners (milepost 32.06) and the town of Lorane (milepost 37.37) will be reconstructed, beginning in 2020 and phased over several years through 2024, to include:
Widening the road to provide 6-foot shoulders and two 11-foot vehicle travel lanes
Softening 4 curves to improve access and sight distance
Replacing culverts and raising and widening bridges to address deficient waterway crossings
Stabilizing the slide at Stony Point through roadway realignment
Lane County Transportation Planning will be holding a public information meeting on June 20th to provide an overview of the project, from the community planning process that began in 2014 to the upcoming construction schedule. Staff will be available to provide information and answer questions. A flier of the upcoming meeting to share is attached.
If you are unable to attend the meeting and have questions about the project, please feel free to contact Becky Taylor, Senior Transportation Planner, 541-682-6932, Becky.Taylor@co.lane.or.us.
Territorial Highway Lane County is proud to assume ownership of Territorial Highway. For years, the community has rallied around roadway improvement needs, supporting Lane County's pursuit of design and construction funding. House Bill 2017, Keep Oregon Moving, included a provision to transfer Territorial Highway from Oregon Department of Transportation to Lane County and allocated some one-time funding to support needed improvements and maintenance. The transfer will occur in phases over several years. Lane County has committed a significant portion of the funding to improving the segment of Territorial Highway located between Gillespie Corners and the town of Lorane. Lane County is also working with the City of Veneta to improve walking and biking on Territorial Highway between the City and Elmira.
Territorial Highway For several years, Lane County has been working with the community and ODOT to improve the safety of these 5.71 miles of Territorial Highway. In April 2014, Lane County applied for $17.5 million of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funds. Although that grant was not awarded, the application process built momentum. Later that same year, Lane County applied for and successfully secured $440,000 Transportation Community and System Preservation Program (TCSP) funds for a planning process to involve the community and develop a preferred design solution. The conclusions of the planning process are documented in the 2016 Technical Report. The design needs to be completed with additional geotechnical investigation.