Strategic Regional Issue #2 – Few Available Modes
On a regional scale, there are few available modes of transportation. Limited public transit is an obstacle to accessibility and mobility for the region’s citizens, especially environmental justice populations, which include the elderly, people with disabilities, low income, minority populations and zero-car households.
2.B. Actions at the local and regional levels should promote the availability of multimodal transportation choices that link the region’s cities and villages, employment centers and residential areas, urban cores and suburbs, and that provide mobility options for all the region’s residents.
2.B.1. The transportation network, especially public transportation facilities and services, should provide convenient, efficient and affordable access for people to places of employment, commensurate with transportation funds available.
2.B.2. OKI’s long-range transportation plan will provide for a well-integrated, multimodal transportation system that serves local, regional, state, and national needs, and the long-range transportation plan’s recommended projects will provide choice, mobility, access, and efficiency, commensurate with transportation funds available.
2.B.3. Coordination of service among transportation providers should be strongly encouraged, especially for the special needs of environmental justice population groups.
2.B.4. Transit development plans should facilitate the design of a system that incorporates multiple modes of transit service, links stations/stops and adjacent land uses, as well as integrates station/stops into neighborhoods. The recommendations of these transit development plans will focus on the desired outcomes of transit-friendly development, including accessibility, walkability, interconnectivity and high levels of ridership.