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Green Action

Find out about our Green Action Plan.


While transportation is crucial to the economy and our personal lives, the environmental impacts of transportation are equally significant and wide ranging. Regionally, transportation is one of the largest emission sources and poses significant challenges to address.


Today’s cars and trucks burn fuel 35% more efficiently with 95% less emissions than 30 years ago, but the continuing increase in vehicle miles traveled has slowed the progress toward environmentally sustainable transportation. It is vital that the City adopt strategies that improve regional mobility and vehicle emissions.

The Green Action Plan outlines numerous ways for the city to have a positive impact on transportation and combat mobile emission issues without affecting residents and visitors ability to navigate the City.

Goal 14

Decrease vehicle miles traveled 15% by 2015 based on the 2009 baseline.

  1. Encourage the use of bicycles as an alternative form of transportation, not just recreation, by increasing the number of bike trails by 15 miles and bike lanes by 111 miles throughout the City before 2025.
  2. Implement a regional transit program between educational facilities.
  3. Promote and encourage the use of alternative methods of transportation throughout the community by providing programs to city employees that can be duplicated by local businesses.
  4. Coordinate a plan with local agencies to expand affordable convenient public transit within the City limits.
  5. Keep permits for installing Electric Vehicle Chargers at a minimum and streamline the permitting process by developing easy to understand literature to enable designers, contractors, and home owners to secure permits and correctly install them in compliance with the National Electric Code.

Goal 15

Reduce mobile sources of pollution 5% by 2020.

  1. Encourage the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles or lower emission hybrids and plug-ins for the residential and business community by offering incentives.
  2. Synchronize traffic signals along primary City arterials by the end of 2012.
  3. Implement a program to design, construct or close at least one of the 26 railroad grade separations each year.
  4. Reconstruct at least two freeway/street interchanges by 2012.
  5. Implement an electric vehicle outreach plan.
  6. Install 11 public electric vehicle charging stations at 7 city facilities.
  7. Install a second public CNG fueling station at the Water Quality Control Plant.
  8. Increase the number of clean vehicles in the non-emergency City fleet to at least 60%.