County Awarded Funding to Study Gap in Equitable Transportation in La Presa – Spring Valley Community Planning Area
The County of San Diego, along with 23 other California non-profits, local governments, transit agencies, and Native American tribes, has been awarded funding to evaluate transportation gaps and identify mobility needs, preferences, and priorities of residents in under-resourced communities.
Understanding how people from disadvantaged communities travel to and from destinations within their community, and what transportation challenges they face when doing so, is important to creating an equitable transportation system and improving neighborhood mobility. The goal of engaging community members through this evaluation is to develop reliable transportation options that help overcome these challenges.
Transportation barriers, such as cost, lack of safe sidewalks or bicycle infrastructure, or long travel times using public transit, can make traveling to work, the grocery store, health care services, or other daily errands difficult or time consuming. Engaging with and learning from community members about their mobility needs and concerns can help identify safe, reliable, convenient, and affordable clean transportation options, such as zero-emission carpooling/vanpooling, bike-sharing/scooter-sharing, innovative transit services, and ride-on-demand services.
Awarded by the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot (CMO) Program, the County will receive $49,515 to conduct a Community Transportation Needs Assessment to understand community transportation needs in La Presa, located in the Spring Valley Community Planning Area. The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment — particularly in under-resourced communities.
The CMO Program aligns with two County sustainability programs:
- The County’s 2018 Climate Action Plan (2018 CAP), which prioritizes reduction of vehicle miles traveled through use of alternative transit options and implementation of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure (Measure T-2.1), and implementation of transportation demand management (Measure T-2.2).
- The 2018 CAP (Measure T-3.5) and 2019 Electric Vehicle Roadmap, which makes investments in electric vehicle (EV) technology a priority.
Understanding transportation gaps
The Community Transportation Needs
Assessment will identify – and
eventually help the County apply for future grant funding to address
– transportation challenges faced by residents in the Spring Valley
community. The project aims to understand what types of
zero-emission transportation solutions can be used to aid
Beginning in November 2020 and running for nine months, the Community Transportation Needs Assessment will include four primary steps.
First, County staff will conduct a community transportation planning analysis on existing and future transportation services operating in the area. This will provide a framework for understanding what types of transportation opportunities and barriers may exist within the community, including access to transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and any clean transportation services operating in the area.
In the Project’s second step, the County will engage with a broad coalition of stakeholders from the community to learn in detail what factors impact how residents travel in their community. A combination of surveys and virtual community forums will be used to help understand if residents are aware of current transportation services, determine if services are meeting their needs, and assess what prohibits the use of available or desired services.
Next, County staff will summarize the information obtained from the community transportation planning analysis and community engagement process into a summary report. Based on this data, and in partnership with community residents, staff will determine what potential clean transportation solutions could help address the community’s identified transportation needs. In the final stage of the Project, staff will deliver the results of the assessment to the community through presentation at community meetings and a completed summary report.
If you have questions or are interested in being involved in the Community Transportation Needs Assessment, please contact Tyler Farmer at 858-495-5466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the CMO program
CMO is a statewide initiative that provides funding for zero-emission shared mobility options to under-resourced communities in California. CMO is available throughout California to eligible under-resourced communities, as well as eligible low-income tribal and affordable-housing communities, to increase access to safe, reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options. The program supports the goals of Senate Bill 1275 and Assembly Bill 398 for prioritizing low- and zero-carbon transportation alternatives, and Senate Bill 350 for overcoming clean transportation barriers for low-income consumers and under-resourced communities to access clean transportation and mobility options.
For more information about the CMO program, please visit: www.cleanmobilityoptions.org.