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New Tools for California’s and its Region’s Transportation Planning: Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Great Communities

We need to reshape California communities into sustainable places with alternative transportation options and increased quality of life. California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) and the state’s groundbreaking new law that establishes a framework for regional planning (SB 375) are leading California and the nation in positive new directions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate climate change. These strong measures require sophisticated tools to gauge the effects of policy choices and infrastructure investments that can change land use patterns, reduce vehicle travel and increase economic viability.

Mike McCoy, Director of the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center (ULTRANS), will show how a modeling tool he and his U.C.-Davis team are developing will work. He will also describe how the new models support for AB 32 and SB 375, with examples from the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Planning process, and hypothetical interregional options comparing roads versus rails.

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