Air quality is a major environmental issue in the OKI region. Much progress has been made in reducing mobile source emissions but the impact of travel growth on total emissions could threaten the region’s ability to maintain federal clean air standards. Emission reductions are needed to protect air quality. Strategies that promote the effective and efficient use of natural resources would reduce mobile source emissions and would also have a beneficial effect on other environmental issues and quality of life. In addition, the OKI Strategic Regional Policy Plan (SRPP) calls for sustained cooperation and coordination among transportation planning, land use planning, housing, capital budgeting, natural resource and economic development organizations.  The transportation system, along with other infrastructure, has a significant impact on future land use, economic development, and the environment. Transportation decisions should be consistent with local land use policies, resulting in travel and land use patterns that promote multimodal travel alternatives and reduced vehicle trips. The environmental protection, energy conservation and sustainable development objectives for this Plan include:

  • Reducing Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) travel
  • Facilitating greater use of non-motorized modes (walking, biking)
  • Promoting strategies that reduce motorized vehicular travel
  • Decreasing mobile source emissions
  • Encouraging use of alternative fuels by both individuals, public transportation providers and private freight fleets
  • Supporting measures that reduce the impact transportation has on water quality and noise levels
  • Implementing the recommendations of the SRPP
  • Improving consistency between local land use planning and regional transportation planning
  • Considering local planning recommendations as part of transportation studies, transportation improvements and funding prioritization