|Applying for TGM grant to fund a new 20 Year Plan|
Cherriots has applied for a few grants without success.
SAMTD has submitted applications for TGM grant funds every year since 2016, but has been unsuccessful. However, staff have received positive feedback from TGM program staff from the pre-application submitted on February 27, 2019.With Our Salem and its update to the Comprehensive Plan, this is a good time for Cherriots to consider an update to their long range plan. This also dovetails with the new funding from the State, which is not automatic and requires project applications.
The long range planning points to two interlocking elements that seem very important. The City of Salem must be an active participant, not merely in an advisory, "stakeholder" role, but as partner. You may recall the structure of Eugene's long-range planning project for arterial corridors. Our Salem and Cherriots' long range plan should be developed in tandem.
Cherriots project will necessarily go beyond Salem, but Salem is the principal entity. And if we are serious about decarbonizing transportation, creating alternatives to drive-alone trips, and improving safety and health, we will include frequent service corridors and hopefully move to bus rapid transit.
|EmX Bus Rapid Transit in Eugene|
(image via LTD)
- Raised platform
- dedicated bus lane
- bigger bus
- all doors open for entry/exit
- on-demand proof-of-fare (paying off-board, rather than paying the operator)
- frequent service (so you don't have to consult a schedule; just walk up to a stop)
Cherriots and the City need to be in close partnership, ensuring the land use and bus lines are totally aligned and mutually reinforcing each other.
|Proposal for Core Network, July 2017|
(list of corridors added to graphic)
And where the City projects increased congestion - those bottlenecks! - the City should plan dedicated bus lanes with bus priority so that non-auto mobility is not penalized by excessive numbers of drive-alone trips plugging up the works.
An effective long range plan for Cherriots cannot simply be layered over the City's own plan. They have to be developed together and aligned.
The City's letter of support is a little tepid. It does not mention Our Salem, does not mention any kind of partnership, and instead seems to see Cherriots in a secondary role, providing a service to the City at the City's direction. There is room here for Council to ensure that there is better coordination between Our Salem any any Cherriots plan. Cherriots should be regarded more strongly as partner and essential component of our 21st century mobility as we face climate disruption.