Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program

La Presa and Spring Valley Community Transportation Needs Assessment


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Identifying transportation needs and barriers in under-resourced communities

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In 2021, the County conducted a community transportation needs assessment in the La Presa neighborhood of the Spring Valley community to understand how residents travel within their community, and what transportation challenges they face when doing so.

Staff worked directly with community members to identify reliable transportation options that help overcome challenges faced when traveling throughout their community.


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Project Focus

The needs assessment focused on transportation needs of residents living at two deed-restricted affordable housing developments and within the surrounding neighborhoods located in the La Presa community of the Spring Valley Community Planning Area.

The two affordable housing developments included:

  • Spring Villa Apartments, 8760 Jamacha Road
  • Spring Valley Apartments, 8885 Orville Street

As part of the project, County staff reviewed existing data to identify current travel behavior and gaps in transportation access within the community. Staff also used a combination of questionnaires, workshops with community members and the Spring Valley Community Planning Group, and individual interviews with residents at a local food distribution event to identify transportation solutions. More information about the needs assessment is available here.


Project Results

TRANSPORTATION NEEDS AND BARRIERS

Nearly 80 percent of Spring Valley residents drive alone in a personal vehicle as their primary transportation mode, with only 13 percent indicating they use public transportation.

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As a result, many residents indicated high traffic volumes as a challenge traveling through their community.

Similar experiences that residents shared during community workshops included:

  • Most people drive their own car and feel unsafe walking or biking.
  • Those who relied on transit find it tedious, lacking options, and at times unsafe.
  • Most residents travel to destinations outside of the community for daily errands.

POTENTIAL SOLUTIONS

Through discussions with community members, four mobility themes were identified that could be implemented in the La Presa/Spring Valley area to reduce community transportation challenges and greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Community Shuttle. An electric community shuttle could provide convenient and affordable transportation to popular destinations in the community.
  • Electric Carshare Program. A carshare service (e.g., Zipcar) available at a centralized parking area within the neighborhood would allow residents rental access to electric vehicles for local and non-local trips.
  • Rideshare Discounts. An on-demand rideshare discount program could offer reduced or free rides in electric vehicles to community residents.
  • Non-Vehicular Infrastructure Improvements. Feedback received through the survey and at workshops related to the need for making walking and biking a safer transportation option through pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure improvements.

The results of the Needs Assessment will help the County apply for future grant funding to implement one of the identified solutions in the community.


Past Community Workshops

County staff hosted three communitywide workshops that were open to all residents of the La Presa/Spring Valley community. At two virtual workshops and one in-person workshop, residents and interested stakeholders shared experiences traveling through their communities and identified solutions they envision helping overcome these transportation challenges and concerns. View an archive of the recordings and presentation slides from the workshops below.

COMMUNITYWIDE WORKSHOP #1

  • Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Where: Virtual workshop hosted on Zoom
  • Video Recording (English)
  • Presentation Slides (English and Español)

COMMUNITYWIDE WORKSHOP #2

  • Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • Where: Virtual workshop hosted on Zoom
  • Video Recording (English and Español)
  • Presentation Slides (English and Español)

COMMUNITYWIDE WORKSHOP #3

  • Date: Wednesday, September 15, 2021
  • Where: Spring Valley Library
  • Presentation Slides (English)

Contact Us

If you have questions about the needs assessment, please contact:

Ricky Williams | richard.williams@sdcounty.ca.gov | 619-679-4604


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Funding Provided By

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program is funded by California Climate Investments (CCI), 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 disadvantaged communities.