Transportation is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in Alameda (as it is in most cities today). At 52% of our city total, transportation contributes more to greenhouse gas emissions than all other sources combined. Greenhouse gases have been linked to global warming, an issue of critical concern to Alamedans as we brace for sea level rise on our island. It is CASA’s goal to reduce these emissions by convincing drivers to move out of their single occupancy vehicles and towards mass transit, carpooling, electric vehicles, bicycling, and walking.
CASA’s MISSION IS TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF:
- More zero emission buses with easy transit throughout the city and to ferry terminals.
- More ferry schedules well-designed for commute hours.
- More casual carpools for trips off and across the island.
- More electric vehicle (EV) charging stations within the city, in multi-unit apartments, and in new developments.
- City and AMP rebates for electric vehicles (EV) and charging stations.
- Safe routes to school for student bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Painting of bicycle lanes throughout the city.
- More bike parking stands throughout the city and its parks.
The Transportation Committee of CASA has provided input to the City on its Transportation Choices Plan. The goal of the Plan is to reduce congestion within the City and during commute hours on and off the island. CASA has emphasized the importance of first understanding the barriers to moving from a single occupancy vehicle to a more environmentally sound form of transportation. Once these barriers are understood, then the City can look at strategies that make mass transit, carpooling, biking, and walking attractive alternatives. Not included in the Transportation Choices Plan, but an integral part of reducing congestion on the island, is the Bicycle Master Plan Update and the Pedestrian Master Plan Update. In 2018, CASA’s Transportation Committee will be focusing on these plans, emphasizing the importance of acting now versus later if we hope to seriously achieve a reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions.