Transportation Codes and Ordinances
1483: Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions -- California
Passed into law in July 2002, this bill will set limits on greenhouse
gas emissions from passenger vehicles sold in the state. AB
1493 requires the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to develop
greenhouse gas emissions standards for passenger vehicles starting
with model year 2009.
Denver (PDF) is Denver's new 20-year growth management
plan that calls for signficant expansion of transit options
to accommodate the continuing influx of new residents to the
city. With an estimated 132,000 new residents arriving in the
next twenty years, the plan envisions higher densities in some
areas, all served by light rail, expanded bus, and even subway
service at the downtown Union Station.
Central City Transportation
Management Plan--Portland, Oregon
A policy based on the theme "Growth with Livability," which
aims for concentrated growth within the Central City area and
avoiding sprawl, which is difficult to serve by public transit.
The plan is a multi-modal transportation policy that recognizes
that a balanced system is needed to meet the circulation and
access needs of Central City.
Bus School Campaign
A 2002 Minnesota state law that requires schools to minimize
school bus idling and to ensure that diesel emissions are not
pulled into classrooms through air intake vents.
Clean Cars for Connecticut--Connecticut, 2004 (PDF)
State legislation passed in 2004, and also in place in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, calls for all new cars and light trucks starting with the 2007 model year to meet stricter vehicle emission standard, as issued by the California Air Resources Board.
A program by the American Planning Association that provides
communities with alternative approaches to modernizing state
and local community statutes and serves as a national planning
Maine Sensible Transportation Policy Act--State of Maine;
Ensures that transportation decisions, including the commitment
of funding, are made under a transportation policy which is
based on sustainable principles.
*Statement of Fact
Equity Act for the 21st Century--National
TEA-21 and its updates appear on this Federal Highway Administration
website. Summaries of the legislation are provided, and the
program's annual budget is posted.
86 - Excise Tax Abatement for Fuel Efficient Vehicles--New
Mexico; March 2004
Sets up a tax abatement program for New Mexico residents who
buy highly-efficient new cars.
1495 Biodiesel Content Mandate--Minnesota; 2002
Mandates at least two percent biodiesel in all diesel fuel oil
sold in Minnesota under two scenarios. The first scenario is
when the state production capacity for biodiesel is greater
than 8 million gallons and 18 months have passed since a federal
action creates a two cent per gallon reduction in the price
of diesel fuel containing at least two percent biodiesel. The
second scenario is when the state production capacity for biodiesel
is greater than 8 million gallons and June 30, 2005 has passed.
Highway Network Initiative -- California
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive
order in April 2004 that creates a public and private partnership
to build a "hydrogen highway" in the state by 2010.
The Hydrogen Highway Network initiative aims to speed the transition
to a hydrogen transportation economy in California by building
a network of 150 to 200 hydrogen fueling stations throughout
the stateroughly one every 20 miles on the state's major
highways. The order also calls on the California Environmental
Protection Agency to develop a plan by year-end for the state's
transition to a hydrogen economy.
Bicycle and Pedestrian
and Pedestrian Program
The Federal Highway Administration provides summaries and text
of federal legislation related to bicycle and pedestrian transportation
accessibility, use, and safety. Federal
Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Policies are also
reviewed in a CRS Report for Congress that is available online.
Bicycle and Traffic Reductions Policies--Palo Alto,
Supports bicycling as an alternative transportation mode and
traffic reduction component through a combination of policy
*City Policy Regarding Employee
*Bicycle Access to Drive
*Off-street Parking and Loading
Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan--Maryland; 2001
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Access 2001 Bill required a 20-year
statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Access Plan to guide future
transportation projects in Maryland. The development of the
Master Plan is a collaborative effort involving state and local
planning officials and private citizen groups from the around
Pedestrian and Bicycle
Plan--State of Alaska; 1995
Promotes bicycling and walking as transportation alternatives through
planning, design and construction choices.
Component Plans--Puget Sound, Washington; 1995
Supports alternative transportation modes as part of the areas
metropolitan transportation plan.
Guidelines--Portland, Oregon; 1995
Establishes guidelines for city employees to work at alternate
locations on a regular schedule, reducing or avoiding commute
trips. In PDF format.
Federal laws applicable to telework and federal employees are
posted on the Interagency Telework/Telecommuting site hosted
by the United States General Services Administration and the
United States Office of Personnel Management.
of Transit-Based Developments
This September 2001 report from the Mineta Transportation Institute
reviews policies and legislative programs that can be adopted
at all levels of government to encourage transit-based development.
In PDF format, 148 pages.
Management Code--Beverly Hills, California; 1997
Requires residential and non-residential developers to include
transportation management and trip reduction measures.
State's Commute Trip Reduction Program
The Legislature recognized the state's crucial leadership role
in establishing and implementing an effective commute trip reduction
program, and set the policy that mandates agencies to aggressively
develop programs to reduce commute trips by state employees.
Telework and flexible hours policies are included.
Transportation Systems Management
Ordinance--Davis, California; 1992
Requires Davis employers to institute plans promoting alternative
Transportation Systems Management Ordinances (Legislative
changes in California invalidated mandatory transportation systems
management plans; however, Pleasanton was committed to the program
and so instituted a ‘voluntary ordinance.’)
* Mandatory Transportation
Systems Management--Pleasanton, California; 1994
* Rewritten Voluntary Transportation
Systems Management--Pleasanton, California; 1997
Outlines a program for employers to institute methods promoting
alternative methods of transportation or reduction of work-related
Last updated: June 30, 2004
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