Report: 21st Century Transportation

Released by: U.S. PIRG Education Fund

America’s aging roads and bridges need fixing. Our car-dependent transportation system is dangerous, harms our communities, and is the nation’s leading source of global warming pollution. And more than ever before, it is clear that America needs to invest in giving people healthier, more sustainable transportation options.

Yet year after year, state and local governments propose billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that often do little to reduce congestion or address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from infrastructure repairs and key transportation priorities. Highway Boondoggles 5 finds nine new budget-eating highway projects slated to cost a total of $25 billion that will harm communities and the environment, while likely failing to achieve meaningful transportation goals.

Highway expansion costs transportation agencies billions of dollars, driving them further into debt, while failing to address our long-term transportation challenges.

Highway expansions are expensive and saddle states with debt.

  • In 2012, the latest year for which data is available, federal, state and local governments spent $27.2 billion on highway expansion projects – sucking money away from road repair, transit, and other local needs.
  • From 2008 to 2015, the highway debt of state transportation agencies nearly doubled, from $111 billion to $217 billion.[i]
  • New roadway is expensive to maintain, and represents a lasting financial burden. The average lane mile costs $24,000 per year to keep in a state of good repair.[ii]

Highway expansion doesn’t solve congestion.

  •  Expanding a highway sets off a chain reaction of societal decisions that ultimately lead the highway to become congested again – often in only a short time. Since 1980, the nation has added more than 800,000 lane-miles of highway – paving more than 1,500 square miles, an area larger than the state of Rhode Island – and yet congestion today is worse than it was in the early 1980s.[iii]
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The Generating Resilient, Environmentally Exceptional National (GREEN) Streets Act introduced in the Senate today

10 Jul 2019 | Posted by

Today Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) introduced a bill that would measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled. This would be transformative.

Transportation is the single largest source of greenhouse gases (GHG), contributing 28 percent of the United States’ total GHG emissions. While many other sectors have improved, transportation is headed in the wrong direction. Driving represents 83 percent of all transportation emissions and these emissions are rising—despite cleaner fuels, more efficient and electric vehicles—because people are driving more and making longer trips.

Unfortunately, our federal transportation program forces people to drive more by measuring success through vehicle speed—not the time it actually takes people to reach their destination. Building wider highways and sprawling cities to accommodate high-speed driving creates a feedback loop of more driving, virtually guaranteeing ever-increasing transportation emissions (and congestion).

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Join two guides on a contemplative day walk at Bohemia

Russian River Teen Trek (ages 13-17) Geyserville to Healdsburg

07/15/2019 09:00 AM – 07/18/2019 04:00 PM PT
  • $400.00  –  Full Price /Precio completo
  • $200.00  –  50% Scholarship – PRE-APPROVED registrants ONLY please! /Beca del 50% – ¡SOLAMENTE PRE-APROBADOS!
  • $50.00  –  Scholarship – PRE-APPROVED registrants ONLY please! / Beca – ¡SOLO SOLICITANTES PARA INSCRIPTORES PRE-APROBADOS!
  • Free  –  Staff Test/Prueba (para administrator solamente)
  • Free  –  FULL SCHOLARSHIP FEE WAIVED
Wohler Bridge Regional Park
9765 Wohler Road
Forestville, CA 95446
United States of America
Spend four days on the Russian River learning how to paddle a kayak, camping out under the stars, and more! *Previous River Trek or similar experience required for this session only.

iREAD Outside: Stories at Andy’s Unity Park

07/16/2019 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM PT
  • Free
iRead Outside: Stories at Andy’s Unity Park provides opportunities for families to combine a love of reading with a love of being outdoors. Our goal is to increase the percentage of family members reading to children daily, while at the same time encouraging children and families to explore nature and get outside together. This summer, LandPaths brings to you a series of consistent weekly reading events outside, anchored at Bayer Farm, that models reading out loud to children. Activities include nature exploration in the garden, modeling techniques for reading out loud  and a raffle/book give away! These reading sessions are best suited for infants ages 0-6 years old but, older siblings and other family members are welcomed to join us.

Full Moon Hike along Saddle Mountain

07/16/2019 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM PT
  • Free
LandPaths and the Ag+Open space district invite you to welcome in the night with a full moon hike along Saddle Mountain. We will time our hike to catch the sunset from the top of the mountain and make our descent under the light of the full moon. Once on the saddle, we will take in the view from the top of the mountain, where Spring Lake, Taylor Mountain and almost all of Santa Rosa Plain are visible. Bring your picnic dinner, flashlight, and some friends for this special evening adventure.

Stewardship Workday at the Riddell Preserve 7.18.19

07/18/2019 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM PT
  • Free
Come lend a hand to help steward LandPaths’ Riddell Preserve!

iREAD Outside: Stories in the Garden

07/18/2019 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM PT
  • Free
iRead Outside: Stories in the Garden provides opportunities for families to combine a love of reading with a love of being outdoors. Our goal is to increase the percentage of family members reading to children daily, while at the same time encouraging children and families to explore nature and get outside together. This summer, LandPaths brings to you a series of consistent weekly reading events outside, anchored at Bayer Farm, that models reading out loud to children. Starting Thursday, June 13th through Thursday, August 1st (with the exception of Thursday, July 4th) we will be at Bayer Farm from 12:30pm-2:30pm reading, playing and learning together. Activities include nature exploration in the garden, modeling techniques for reading out loud  and a raffle/book give away! These reading sessions are best suited for infants ages 0-6 years old but, older siblings and family is welcomed to join us.

Stewardship Workday at Bohemia Ecological Preserve 7.19.19

07/19/2019 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM PT
  • Free
Give nature a hand! Come and join us at the stunning, 1,000-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve for a day of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun! Tasks are dependent on need and season.

Stewardship Campout at LandPaths Bohemia Ecological Preserve

07/20/2019 09:00 AM – 07/21/2019 03:00 PM PT
  • Free  –  Saturday Only
  • Free  –  Sunday Only
  • Free  –  Full Weekend
Give nature a hand and enjoy camping at one of west counties most beautiful campsites! Come and join us at the stunning, 1,000-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve for a weekend of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun!

Owl Camp Art as Nature / Arte en la Naturaleza~Waitlisted

07/22/2019 08:30 AM – 07/26/2019 02:30 PM PT
  • $300.00  –  Full Price /Precio completo
  • $400.00  –  Full Price + Aftercare/ Precio completo + Cuida de niٰños
  • $150.00  –  50% Scholarship – PRE-APPROVED registrants ONLY please! /Beca del 50% – ¡SOLAMENTE PRE-APROBADOS!
  • $250.00  –  50% Scholarship + Aftercare – PRE-APPROVED registrants ONLY please! /50% de beca + asistencia posterior: ¡SOLO SOLICITANTES PRE-APROBADOS!
  • $50.00  –  Scholarship – PRE-APPROVED registrants ONLY please! / Beca – ¡SOLO SOLICITANTES PARA INSCRIPTORES PRE-APROBADOS!
  • $150.00  –  Scholarship +Aftercare – PRE-APPROVED registrants ONLY please! / Scholarship + Aftercare – ¡Solo los solicitantes PRE-APROBADOS, por favor!
  • Free  –  Staff Test/Prueba (para administrator solamente)
  • Free  –  FULL SCHOLARSHIP FEE WAIVED
Rancho Mark West
7125 St Helena Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
United States of America
Owl Camp offers a rich place for children to explore the natural world, test out new ideas and experience the freedom of child-directed, open-ended learning through nature exploration and play guided in small groups by expert educators.

Family Game Day at Bohemia

07/24/2019 10:00 AM – 02:00 PM PT
  • Free
Join our Bohemia docents for some family fun at Bohemia Ecological Preserve. We’ll hike through Oak Woodlands and open grasslands, all while learning about the different environments through games, experiences, and adventures. Bohemia Ecological Preserve is a 1,000 acre preserve consisting of moderate to steep sloping ridges and canyons covered with forest, chaparral and grassy meadows. We will also enjoy a picnic lunch with a beautiful view. People of all ages are welcome to attend!

iREAD Outside: Stories in the Garden

07/25/2019 12:30 PM – 02:30 PM PT
  • Free
iRead Outside: Stories in the Garden provides opportunities for families to combine a love of reading with a love of being outdoors. Our goal is to increase the percentage of family members reading to children daily, while at the same time encouraging children and families to explore nature and get outside together. This summer, LandPaths brings to you a series of consistent weekly reading events outside, anchored at Bayer Farm, that models reading out loud to children. Starting Thursday, June 13th through Thursday, August 1st (with the exception of Thursday, July 4th) we will be at Bayer Farm from 12:30pm-2:30pm reading, playing and learning together. Activities include nature exploration in the garden, modeling techniques for reading out loud  and a raffle/book give away! These reading sessions are best suited for infants ages 0-6 years old but, older siblings and family is welcomed to join us.

Early morning stroll at The Petaluma Marsh

07/26/2019 07:30 AM – 11:30 AM PT
  • Free
LandPaths and Ag + Open Space invite you to start your day with an early morning stroll through Petaluma Marsh and Shollenberger Park. Grab your binoculars and awaken your body to the senses of nature. We will take our time to observe the many bird species that congregate in this biodiversity hotspot. This outing is geared towards all folks on foot and on wheels (balance bikes, strollers, walkers and wheelchairs) who are interested in strolling at a leisurely pace with many stops along the way to enjoy the wildlife as we roll/walk around the wetlands.

iREAD Outside at Bees N Blooms

07/26/2019 10:00 AM – 01:00 PM PT
  • Free
LandPaths invites you to a FREE exciting, outdoor, literary adventure geared towards young children ages 0-6 and their families/caregivers. We will enjoy a tour of Bees N Blooms, take a short walk, play nature games, and engage in read alouds of well-known, nature-based books related to the land we are exploring. Bees N Blooms farm is located at the foot of Taylor Mountain on the Santa Rosa Plain. This CCOF-certified organic farm provides a home for thousands of honeybees and native bees, different  kinds of cut flowers, a lavender labyrinth, a nursery of pollinator-friendly trees and more!  Pre-registration is required.

Vamos Afuera: Observación de Aves

07/27/2019 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM PT
  • Free
Tome sus binoculares y únase con LandPaths en asociación con Ag + Open Space para una mañana de observación de aves en Shollenberger y Petaluma Marsh. Esta excursión es una introducción a la observación de aves y cubrirá los conceptos básicos del lenguaje, el comportamiento, la identificación de aves y el mejor uso de los binoculares. Caminaremos despacio por los senderos, pausando frecuentemente para disfrutar de la vida silvestre mientras paseamos por los humedales. Traiga sus bocadillos y/o almuerzo para disfrutar de un agradable convivio al aire libre. Este evento es para personas de todas las edades.

Trail Building Workday at the Riddell Preserve 7.27.19

07/27/2019 09:00 AM – 01:00 PM PT
  • Free
Come make history with LandPaths! During the next two years, LandPaths is installing a brand spankin’ new trail system and you can be a part of it. The Riddell Preserve currently has only one hiking trail. New trails will be used for LandPaths educational and outings programs. By helping build these trails, you will be a part of the Riddell Preserve forever! Trail work includes brushing vegetation, bench cutting, building structures, and clearing dirt off the trail. There are tasks for everyone!

Join Us On the Land

Sonoma Land Trust hosts myriad outings and events throughout the year. From mountain treks to botany crawls, bird watching to kayaking, there are many ways to join us on the land. We also offer lectures and events throughout the year where you can spend time with a community of people dedicated to preserving the land.

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Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It

Author: Gregory H. Shill

In a country where the laws compel the use of cars, Americans are condemned to lose friends and relatives to traffic violence. My childhood neighbor was a varsity student-athlete, the president of the junior class, and the most popular girl in school. One day in September 1995, a car crash took her life. She had been driving home on the freeway when her car went across the median and collided with one going the opposite direction, killing both drivers. A third vehicle was said to have struck her car moments before, causing her to lose control. The police put out a call for information, apparently without success.

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