The Solution? Transportation for All...
The Better Transportation Coalition is working to create
a more functional transportation network for the Tallahassee area.
Among the identified needs:
- An improved bus system (more frequent stops and routes that
more adequately serve public needs)
- More sidewalks and crosswalks for pedestrians
- Better bikeways.
Additionally, right of way should be secured and designated specifically
for future rail service. This space could serve as rapid bus transit
lanes, thereby taking buses out of automotive lanes, until rail
is needed. Alternative transit would also improve the environment
and quality of life by reducing the need to widen roads for automotive
traffic. Less pavement will mean less stormwater runoff and pollution
in our lakes. Less automotive traffic also means less air pollution
from vehicle emissions.
Currently, there is insufficient funding and political
support for the implementation of existing plans, hence the BTC
crafted a petition to seek fiscal support.
Recommendations to improve Tallahassee’s transportation
network are contained in the documents listed below. Check our Resources page
for links to these and more:
- The Tallahassee-Leon Comprehensive Plan Goals, Objectives and
- Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) Transportation
Improvement Program (TIP)
- The 2000-05 TalTran Transit Development Plan
- The MPO 2020 Transportation Needs Plan
- The Blueprint 2000 plan
Each plan contains various strategies or projects to improve pedestrian
and mass transit modes, yet very little has been implemented. The
BTC referendum seeks to provide the necessary funding for implementation
of these plans and for future needs. This referendum
would NOT increase taxes. It would require the city to allocate
1/3 of existing transportation funds towards alternative transportation