Transportation Action Plan
Air quality is an area which involves emissions from automobiles and other mobile sources, stationary sources such as stack emissions and indoor air quality. The following provides a variety of tools that you may wish to utilize in considering air quality information, regulations and policy in your community as they relate to transportation issues.
Check out EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality as a first step.
Policy and Planning Tools
- Transit oriented development and congestion management
- Methane Reduction Programs are available from EPA's Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Division.
- For codes and other "smart growth" tools, Check out Maryland's Smart Growth Office
- Pennsylvania Air Quality Permitting
- State of Washington Air Quality Programs
- Southern California Air Quality Rules, Regulations and Permitting
- State of Delaware Air Quality Program
- Information on Vehicle Emissions and Vehicle Emission Regulations are available from EPA's Office of Mobile Sources.
- Sustainable Transportation Tools
- Check out EPA's home page for the Office of Air and Radiation for information on mobile source modeling tools and stationary source modeling tools.
- Smart Growth Index [PDF, 100 pp., 977KB] A GIS sketch model for simulating alternative land use and transportation scenarios and evaluating their outcomes.
- EPA's financial information home page is a source of information for loans, grants and other sources of funding.
Transportation options include tools on reducing the vehicle miles traveled by auto, reducing traffic congestions, transit oriented development, urban solutions including intelligent transportation solutions, and more.
Policy and Planning Tools
- Intelligent Transportation Systems
- Transportation and Livable Communities, a Project for Public Spaces.
- TEA - 21 US Dept. Of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's web site.
- EPA's Transportation Partners Program
- The Planning Commissioners Journal can help point you in the right direction.
- Look here for great tools for understanding transportation planning processes and information on how to put ideas into action such as pursuing alternatives to new roads.
- Roads Less Traveled: Transportation Systems for Sustainable Communities is referenced on Public Technology, Inc's website.
- Transportation Strategies for Addressing Urban Transportation Needs from the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago, IL
- Bicycle Federation of America (BFA) is a "national nonprofit organization working to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities."
- Efficient Transportaion Rocky Mountain Institute provides a listing of resources about efficient automobiles.
- Walkable Communities Inc. helps communities become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.
- TEA - 21 US Dept. Of Transportation Federal Highway Administration's web site
- Zoning / Subdivision / Land Development Ordinances: Portland has some of the best traditional urban design zoning of any major American city. This government site includes a copy of the city's zoning ordinance, and zoning maps.
- Speed Limits
- Parking Regulations
- State Air Quality Implementation Plans
- Mass Transit Alternatives (buses, rail, boats, etc.)
- To learn more about the basics of telecommuting (from home or from neighborhood centers) click here .
- Computerized Toll Systems
- Smart Traffic Flow Systems (timing of lights, lane changes, etc.)
- Texas Transportation Institute, part of the Texas A&M University System, features technical tools for multi-modal control systems and Translink for managing surface transportation systems.
- ISTEA (the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act) is the main source of funding for transportation projects. Clicking here will take you back to the ISTEA web site.
- Public Transit Subsidies (bus, rail)
- Car Pooling Subsidies
- Development Impact Fees
- Road Tolls
- Taxes (energy / auto / etc.)
- You might want to consider congestion pricing, where users of a particular road, for example, would be charged a higher fee if they used the road during peak periods of demand. An EPA fact sheet [PDF, 3 pp., 13KB]
- Preferential Auto Insurance Rates
The following web sites have a variety and a wealth of information:
- The Center for Livable Communities
- Multi-state Technical Assistance Program
- Transportation Research Board (TRB). Studies, information services, and research programs.
- San Diego Council of Governments Transportation Page
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