Bold New Regional Transportation Plan Moves Forward

The Collector

March 19, 2021

Bold New Regional Transportation Plan Moves Forward
At its meeting on Thursday, the Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) Board of Directors gave the go-ahead to incorporate ambitious greenhouse gas and vehicle miles traveled reduction targets into the upcoming Regional Transportation Plan update, and to reorganize the plan around the issues of climate, safety and equity. CRTP helped develop the draft targets and strongly supports the plan’s new direction. A number of you, dear readers, responded to our Action Alert this week and provided comments to HCAOG, which helped ensure broad support on the Board. Thank you!

“How to Save Lives by Improving News Coverage”
If you missed this week’s talk by Dr. Kelcie Ralph, check out (and share) this 8-minute video explaining her team’s research on pitfalls and best practices in media coverage of vehicle-pedestrian crashes.

Save the Date: Talk on Electric Vehicle Charging in Humboldt
On April 5, CRTP is co-sponsoring a talk by three EV researchers (and HSU alumni) about how to ensure full and equitable access to charging infrastructure.

State Transportation Commission to Vote on Key North Coast Projects
Next week, Commissioners will vote on funding for the Arcata section of the Annie & Mary Trail and a complete streets project in Happy Camp, an emergency project to repair “a large void” recently discovered underneath 4th Street asphalt and sidewalk in Eureka, leases between the North Coast Railroad Authority and Humboldt County and the City of Eureka to allow future trail construction, and a number of other local projects.

Humboldt Supervisors Declare Support for US Bike Route 95
Never heard of it? That’s probably because it currently only exists in Alaska. But it’s envisioned to stretch all the way down the coast to San Diego, incorporating much of the existing Pacific Coast Bike Route.

La versión en línea de Street Story ahora está disponible en inglés y español.
Local residents have reported 744 reports (and counting) on Street Story. And if you are more comfortable filling out a form in Spanish or know people who are, there’s a new Spanish-language version of Street Story for you! Of course, the English-language version is still available here. CRTP uses reports to advocate for change, and local agencies use them to apply for grants and prioritize improvements. Your reports are important!

State Releases Draft Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure
The plan covers both climate adaptation and climate mitigation. Comments are due by May 4th.

Great Redwood Trail Bill Advances to Committee
State Senator McGuire’s bill to fully dissolve the North Coast Railroad Authority and replace it with a new Great Redwood Trail Agency will be heard by the Senate Transportation Committee on April 13th.

Why We Should All Love Traffic Congestion
It’s probably the only thing standing in the way of an even higher death toll on our streets. That means that it’s imperative to change our street designs to slow traffic in conjunction with reducing vehicle miles traveled to fight climate change.

Buttigieg Focusing on Racial Equity
It’s a welcome change at the top of the US Department of Transportation.

Farhad Manjoo Does It Again
The New York Times opinion columnist explains how buses have the potential to solve so many of our transportation problems.

The Collector is CRTP’s weekly transportation news roundup, published every Friday. We focus on North Coast news, but we also include relevant state, national and international transportation news – plus other items that we just find kind of interesting! To submit items for consideration, email