SACOG 2020 Advocacy Principles

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Transportation

  1. Ensure robust transportation funding that meets the needs of our growing Sacramento region.
    • Support and protect reliable and sufficient transportation funding when there is an established need. All new revenues should keep pace with inflation.
    • Focus on maintaining and rehabilitating the current transportation system. Seek greater flexibility from state and federal sources to support ongoing operations and maintenance investments.
    • Pursue new and reformed transportation funding methods and sources to implement the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) that are stable, predictable, flexible, and adequate to operate, maintain, and expand the transportation system.
    • Seek flexibility in state and federal funding sources to enable testing and implementation of innovative mobility solutions that are affordable, accessible, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Support efforts to study and advocate for a sustainable replacement to the fuel tax, collaborating with the state, federal agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and other organizations.
    • Support funding necessary for local and regional planning to ensure responsible agencies receive sufficient funding to fulfill their planning and programming obligations.
  2. Support and enhance public transit, including passenger rail, and seek increased state and federal funding to address the Sacramento region’s transportation needs.
  3. Support the streamlining and expansion of innovative financing and project delivery tools to facilitate creative solutions for financing projects, including efforts to reduce state and federal silos and reduce existing regulatory barriers.
  4. Promote the Sacramento region as a test bed for new technologies and innovation.
    • Support pilot projects aimed at making microtransit and micromobility work for urban, suburban, rural, and low-income areas of the Sacramento region.
    • Support and lead efforts to test and pilot roadway pricing mechanisms, such as facility-based tolling and mileage-based fees, in partnership with state, federal, and local agencies and private sector organizations.
    • Support innovative education and transportation demand management strategies and programs covering all parts of the Sacramento region, to offer a variety of alternatives to driving alone.
    • Support the testing and deployment in our region of connected and autonomous vehicles. This includes providing additional funding opportunities and more state and federal flexibility.
  5. Support data-driven decision-making and performance measures.
    • Support the inclusion of data-driven decision-making and performance measurement as part of the federal transportation formula programs, with the goal of performance-based funding.
    • Support measures that provide for sharing of anonymized data from ridesharing services and other sources that will allow for more informed planning and decision-making.
  6. Support new funding and planning opportunities to support electric vehicle infrastructure and programs for both private vehicles and public transit fleets.

Sustainable Development and Infrastructure

  1. Secure funding and implementation for programs that encourage infill development and revitalization of commercial corridors.
  2. Support incentives, information, tools, and technical assistance to support implementation of the Sacramento region’s sustainable communities strategy and other strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
  3. Support new tools and funding to grow regional jobs and housing, including infrastructure improvements needed to enable new housing and employment opportunities in existing urban, suburban, and rural communities.
  4. Support additional financing options and other tools for local and regional community revitalization and economic development. Encourage multijurisdictional coordination without restrictions or other conditions on tax-increment benefits. Reduce regulatory barriers to community revitalization projects.
  5. Support incentives for jurisdictions that provide opportunities for more housing, including affordable and transit-oriented developments (TODs) and encourage the siting of these developments in infill areas near transportation resources.
  6. Ensure policies related to high frequency transit are inclusive of the diverse and unique characteristics of the Sacramento Region’s urban, suburban, and rural areas.
  7. Support affordable housing, including new funding and more flexibly for addressing affordable housing needs. Ensure local flexibility to provide affordable housing that is appropriate for local communities and remove disincentives and regulatory obstacles to providing affordable housing.
  8. Seek greater access to state cap-and-trade funding for the Sacramento region.
    • Support proposals that maximize investment revenues to implement, and in a manner consistent with, sustainable communities strategies and give regions a greater voice in determining how funds are awarded.
    • Ensure state investments favor integrated transportation and land use strategies.
    • Support grant criteria that recognize the unique public nature of transportation programming and infrastructure funding.
    • Encourage innovative projects and support grant criteria that allow time for transportation projects to be programmed instead of focusing on project readiness.
    • Support funding for the development of modeling and measurement tools to improve performance measures to better evaluate and predict GHG reductions.
    • Support efforts to revisit the definition of Disadvantaged Communities to ensure more disadvantaged communities are given the opportunity to compete for funds.
  9. Support funding for local and regional agricultural infrastructure, including transportation, broadband, and other critical infrastructure important to the economics of agriculture and improving food access.
  10. Support additional resources and tools for local governments to preserve farmland and open space through public or private programs.
  11. Support efforts to prevent catastrophic fire and to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of private and public forests.
  12. Support policies to minimize flood risk with wise use of floodplains and sensitivity to unique land uses and resource impacts on property owners in designated floodplains.