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Community input sought on funding Tahoe regional transportation plan

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About Tahoe Transportation District The Tahoe Transportation District (TTD) is a bi-state agency responsible for the management and implementation of safe, environmentally sound, multi-modal transportation projects and programs in the Lake Tahoe Region, including transit operations. TTD leads multi-jurisdictional infrastructure projects to make travel safer, improve access to recreation, and reduce traffic congestion and private car use. TTD focuses on transit’s pivotal role in improving air and water quality because more than 70 percent of the pollutants impacting Lake Tahoe’s clarity come from transportation system and built environment run-off. TTD has delivered numerous projects to help reduce environmental impacts and address the high demand residents and visitors place on the region’s transportation infrastructure, including transit solutions, roadway and safety enhancements, water quality improvements, and pedestrian/cyclist paths. For more information, please visit www.TahoeTransportation.org.

The Tahoe Transportation District, in collaboration with agency partners, this week launched “ONE TAHOE,” an initiative focused on achieving the full funding necessary to transform the community transportation vision into reality.

TTD has launched a new online resource available at http://www.ONETAHOE.org to introduce the ONE TAHOE initiative and allow the public to submit ideas and suggestions on ways to capture the complete funding needed to realize the long-awaited transportation system envisioned in community plans. The ONE TAHOE project webpage provides background information on this initiative and commences the first round of stakeholder outreach to develop a list of proposed funding solutions.

Submitted ideas will be carefully considered and weighed by a group of transportation professionals working with local agencies to develop a final recommendation to present to elected officials and leaders on the best ways to fill the transportation funding gap.

PUBLIC MEETINGS
As part of this effort, TTD is hosting a series of public meetings/workshops to inform and discuss the community-developed Regional Transportation Plan, current challenges, available funding, and potential solutions to address the transportation funding shortfall. Venues and times for the first meetings are as follows:

South Shore: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency – 128 Market Street, Stateline, NV

North Shore/Incline Village: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation – 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV

With an estimated 50 million vehicle trips in, out, and around the Lake Tahoe Basin annually, parking and congestion issues are impacting the quality of the Tahoe experience for visitors and residents alike. Preserving the pristine beauty that makes Lake Tahoe a national treasure hinges on expanding transportation options in order to reduce motor vehicle use by enticing more people to utilize alternate means of transportation, such as public transit, walking, and cycling.

“Much of what we love and cherish about Lake Tahoe is at stake,” said Carl Hasty, district manager of the Tahoe Transportation District. “Emissions and particulates from vehicles and parking lots wash into the lake and are a major cause of declining water clarity. We know that providing transportation choices are key to protecting Lake Tahoe’s health and improving the quality of life and visits for those drawn to its shores.”

The community transportation vision articulated in the Regional Transportation Plan has been developed and evolved over decades with the participation of public and private stakeholders. This plan identifies transportation system improvements as a critical component of protecting Lake Tahoe’s health because more than 70 percent of the pollutants impacting the declining water clarity come from the transportation system and built environment.

Transportation professionals working with local agencies and entities responsible for planning, building, and operating transportation systems and services in the Lake Tahoe Basin have identified a $1.53 billion shortfall in the transportation funding needed through 2040. The ONE TAHOE initiative, ONE TAHOE webpage, and upcoming public meetings will initiate the feedback process to gather community input on equitable solutions to address the funding shortfall.

Please monitor http://www.ONETAHOE.org for project updates and notices regarding additional public meetings. For more information about TTD, please visit http://www.TahoeTransportation.org. Follow TTD on Twitter @TahoeTrans, and connect on Facebook here.

Source: Tahoe Transportation District