Presented by Cynthia Hoyle, Transportation Planning Consultant, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
September 17, 2009
The community of Champaign-Urbana, IL is working to create a sustainable future. Estimates currently suggest that approximately 30% of the community's GHG emissions come from transportation with single occupancy vehicles being the major contributor. The community has 25% of trips to work made by sustainable modes - walking, bicycling, and transit. The goal is to increase this to 35% by 2015. Efforts have focused on:
* How to create mobility and encourage mode shift,
* How to create a more sustainable community through innovative planning and land-use
* Achieving energy independence and offsetting carbon and contaminant releases to the environment
The community is implementing a long range transportation plan with the following goals:
* Less congestion, more mobility
* Less dependence on cars, more use of alternative (sustainable) transportation modes (walking, bicycling, public transit)
* Less fringe development, more core development
* Less new construction, more transportation system management.
The Mobility Implementation Plan (miPLAN) is to be completed in the fall of 2009 and will provide a Mobility Management Framework, selection of a preferred mobility scenario, a preferred investment plan for future development, and a "Green Corridors" study. The final product will provide the community with a plan for future growth that will provide residents with choices in transportation modes and housing while reducing costs to local governments through the most efficient use of scarce resources.