The mission of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities (CRTP) is to promote transportation solutions that protect and support a healthy environment, healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy economy on the North Coast.
We are a group of Humboldt & Del Norte County residents dedicated to a new vision for transportation on California’s North Coast. We reject the outdated idea that our limited transportation dollars should be spent on building ever-wider roads. Instead, we believe in funding transportation priorities which enhance the livability of the North Coast by protecting and supporting our unique local environment, economy and communities.
We support critical maintenance and repair projects for our local roads. These important priorities include a permanent, environmentally responsible solution to the problems on US 101 at Last Chance Grade as well as adaptation to sea level rise along the US 101 corridor between Arcata and Eureka and in other locations. When it comes to building new infrastructure, the kinds of projects we support are exemplified by bicycle and pedestrian trails – healthy, community-building, economy-boosting, environmentally friendly. In fact, a number of such trails are currently in various stages of development in our area, including the Humboldt Bay Trail, the Annie and Mary Trail, and the Little River extension of the Hammond Trail. We also support infrastructure for short sea shipping and other responsible, environmentally sensible freight movement alternatives.
We oppose the oversized truck access projects on US 101 at Richardson Grove and on US 199/SR 197 in Del Norte County, which epitomize the road-widening, highway-expanding, traffic-generating paradigm which takes us in exactly the wrong direction. These projects are not only bad ideas on their own. They also compete for limited funding with truly necessary projects like the one at Last Change Grade and truly beneficial projects such as the regional trails and short sea shipping infrastructure.