The City of Eugene is creating a plan to improve transportation safety and reliability for residents and business, as well as making it easy for everyone to get around! By updating its Transportation System Plan (TSP) the City is looking for ways to improve the transportation system over the next 20 years for people traveling by bike, foot, wheelchairs and scooters, bus, car, truck, train, and airplane. The plan will be coordinated with Envision Eugene, the Eugene Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, the Eugene Airport Master Plan, and other regional transportation plans. These plans complement each other by covering different topics. For instance, the Transportation System Plan addresses Eugene's transportation needs, while Envision Eugene plans for the City's housing and employment needs over the next 20 years.
There are draft goals and policies and a list of construction projects that should be considered to improve local travel. These are being tested for effectiveness and public reaction. A draft Transportation System Plan will be prepared for public review in late 2014 and adoption by the City Council is expected in mid-2015.
- At the June 30th Transportation Community Resource Group (TCRG) meeting the group discussed policy statements (review the materials, the meeting summary, and other comments received).
- The City of Eugene is reviewing its arterial and collector street classifications. These classifications help the city design streets to better accommodate the traffic, which will be heavier on some streets. The proposed changes to the street classification map will be available soon.
- Lane County is updating its Transportation System Plan. Information on this process is available at www.LaneCountyTSP.org.
Where do we go from here?
In late fall 2014, we will have results from a model that predicts traffic congestion, cost-revenue analysis, and revised policies for review. Adoption is scheduled for mid-2015. The result of this study will be a plan for bicycle, pedestrian, freight, road, rail, and air projects that will help the City meet long-term transportation needs and reach its goals for reducing transportation impacts on the environment.
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