Government: Transportation in Humboldt County (1984, 2013)

Government: Transportation in Humboldt County (1984, 2013)

Support of a balanced transportation system which includes rail, water, air, road and alternative ideas of transportation, and provides for improvement and funding adequate to maintain a coordinated system.
Position In Brief: 

1. Encourage improvements of Highway 299 and 101.
2. Public funds should be used if necessary to subsidize roads, public transportation, harbor facilities, airport facilities and railroads.
3. The shortfall in funding for state and county roads should be mitigated by increasing the gas tax. Roads largely serving private benefits should be funded by the property owners benefiting from these roads. A less desirable alternative is for government to abandon roads.
4. The League should help the public understand the need for road maintenance by disseminating information through all possible means including media, publications, technology and speakers bureau.
5. In planning for road use and maintenance, tourism should receive high consideration. Heavy industry, such as lumber, should be encouraged to use accessible, affordable and alternative modes of transportation, such as water and rail, which will increase cost effectiveness and lessen wear and tear on the roads.
6. Public transportation should be accessible and affordable. Public transportation should be encouraged by improving bus services through various means such as coordinating schedules, providing parking facilities, developing promotions and public education, adding bus routes when warranted, and meeting tourist, pedestrian, and cyclist needs. Para-transit is an important service to be coordinated and maintained at an adequate level. Para-transit is defined as an alternate mode of transportation that does not follow fixed routes or schedules including mini buses, share taxis and jitneys, and includes special transportation services for people with disabilities.
7. All alternative modes of transportation, including rail, air, light rail, bicycle, pedestrian, etc. should be increased and maintained for both freight and passenger service. Decisions about alternative modes of transportation should include attention to environmental impact, sustainability, accessibility and affordability.
8. Water transportation should be increased and harbor facilities improved. Water transportation should be coordinated with highways and rail. Passenger service into Humboldt Bay is desirable as a seasonal tourist attraction. A full time port director for Humboldt Bay is necessary.
9. Local governments should encourage air carriers by upgrading the airport facility, promoting competitive gasoline prices at the airport and improving economic conditions in Humboldt County.

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Humboldt County