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Transportation Planners Seek to Reduce Traffic, Protect Environment

TitleTransportation Planners Seek to Reduce Traffic, Protect Environment
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-03-09
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #58 - "Transportation" (Air Date: March 9, 2004). Jennifer Quashnick from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discusses the impact that motor vehicle caused air pollution is having on the lake and that agency's efforts to get public input and involvement in the regional transportation planning process.
SubjectTransportation -- Environmental aspects -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Air -- Pollution -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 58 "Transportation" Air Date: March 9, 2004 Anchor Intro: We all hate it…and we all have to live with it. Traffic is something that's a part of everyone's life these days. At Lake Tahoe, regulators are working to figure out ways to reduce traffic and make it run more smoothly. Shelly Purdy has details in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) When traffic is moving, most of us are happy to just go along on our way and not think about it very much. But when traffic is slow or stopped, that's when we all complain. Traffic is one of those issues that everyone can relate to. But rarely do people get involved with the process of transportation planning. ((sot @ 21:29 Jennifer Quashnick, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "We definitely want that input from both residents and visitors - we want people to get involved." ((Track 2)) There are a wide variety of traffic planning programs and studies underway at Lake Tahoe. Recently, TRPA staff members hit the streets asking motorists a series of questions. Where did they drive from? If they're visiting, are they taking public transportation while they're here? The results of this and other surveys will be used to help plan traffic improvements in the future. So, why go to all the trouble? Because traffic has a direct connection to air quality. ((sot @ 18:54)) "Transportation is one the biggest sources of air pollution, and air pollution also contributes to lake clarity." ((Track 3)) The obvious ways to do your part to help reduce traffic and air pollution are to drive less, use public transportation and walk or rid your bike to where you want to go. Also, educate yourself on Tahoe's environmental issues and become involved with the planning process. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: Another way regulators are trying to limit the amount of traffic on the streets at Tahoe is by requiring large businesses to participate in employer trip reduction programs. Business owners can offer incentives to their employees such as organizing carpool groups and giving employees passes for public transportation.

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