Chapter 10.60


10.60.010    Findings.

10.60.020    Purpose.

10.60.030    Goal.

10.60.040    Objectives.

10.60.010 Findings.

The city council finds that:

A. Transportation systems management (TSM) programs have the potential to reduce vehicle trips and vehicle emissions more efficiently and cost effectively than major roadway improvements;

B. For many years prior to the passage of Measure C, local jurisdictions developed and implemented a variety of TSM projects and programs, e.g., operation of transit systems, construction of bicycle facilities, land use policy coordination and related improvements;

C. The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (“the authority”) has committed both Measure C and transportation fund for clean air (TFCA) funds to four subarea programs for the implementation of Measure C and clean air plan goals;

D. In compliance with the requirements contained in the authority’s model TSM ordinance, large employers are required to develop and implement trip reduction programs at work sites; pursuant to that requirement, implementation of the model TSM ordinance was delegated to Tri-Delta Transit;

E. The countywide comprehensive transportation plan incorporates each regional committee’s action plan for routes of regional significance, which support specific TSM goals and objectives;

F. Over the past four years, the subarea TSM programs have been successful in reducing vehicle trips and emissions at the employment sites specified in the authority’s model TSM ordinance as well as in school and residential areas where programs have been implemented;

G. Since adoption of the authority’s model TSM ordinance, TSM efforts have been expanded to include aspects of the transportation systems other than employer programs, e.g., enhancement of transit and bicycle facilities, incorporation of new technologies into the system, land use policy coordination and related enhancements;

H. Cooperation and coordination with other local jurisdictions and regions in TSM will enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the TSM efforts; and

I. Adoption of this chapter is in the best interests of the public health, safety and general welfare and is in accordance with the policies, goals and objectives set forth in the authority’s model TSM ordinance. [Ord. 1139 § 2, 1997.]

10.60.020 Purpose.

This chapter is enacted by the city for the following purposes:

A. To assist staff in continuing the implementation of the model TSM ordinance and programs contained therein;

B. To promote maximum efficiency in the existing transportation system and to further the transportation goals of the Measure C growth management program, Contra Costa’s congestion management program and the Bay Area clean air plan by:

1. Promoting and encouraging the use of transit, ride sharing, bicycling, walking, flexible work hours and telecommuting as alternatives to solo driving,

2. Incorporating these goals and objectives into the land use review and planning process,

3. Developing proactive programs and/or projects either alone or in conjunction with other jurisdictions, or with local jurisdiction’s regional transportation planning committee aimed at achieving these goals,

4. Considering the incorporation of appropriate technology designed to facilitate traffic flow, provide transit and highway information, provide trip generation alternatives and related technology into the transportation system, and

5. Cooperating with other jurisdictions, the private sector, and transit operators in planning and implementing transportation programs;

C. To reflect an ongoing commitment to expand TSM efforts beyond employer-based trip reduction programs, in order to achieve traffic congestion management and air quality goals; and

D. To comply with applicable state and federal laws as well as with Measure C growth management program requirements. [Ord. 1139 § 2, 1997.]

10.60.030 Goal.

The goal of this chapter is to ensure the continuation of proactive TSM program efforts aimed at reducing vehicle trips, vehicle emission and traffic congestion in the most efficient and cost effective manner. [Ord. 1139 § 2, 1997.]

10.60.040 Objectives.

The objectives of this chapter are to establish the following policies:

A. The city’s participation, in conjunction with other jurisdictions and their regional transportation planning committee, in proactive efforts to support and develop projects which will achieve the Measure C TSM/TDM goals as described in the Regional Transportation Planning Committee’s action plan; the countywide comprehensive transportation plan; the Measure C strategic plan; the congestion management plan; and/or the Bay Area clean air plan. Such participation may include, but need not be limited to:

1. Promotion and encouragement of the use of transit, ride sharing, bicycling, walking, flexible work hours, telecommuting or other alternatives to solo driving, and

2. Projects incorporating appropriate technology designed to facilitate traffic flow, provide transit and highway information and related technology;

B. To incorporate these goals into the city’s land use review and planning process. [Ord. 1139 § 2, 1997.]