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  North Bay Transportation Management Association

Traffic Reduction Conference

Coming together for future

Architect's Plan for for New Marin Town Sparks Debate -MIJ

Marin Official Rejects Cluster Housing -SFC

Time Running out for Local Govt -Press Dem

Taking a More Careful Look at Growth -Marinscope

Traffic and Development on the Corridor -Marinscope

Time to Face the Traffic Realities -Novato Advance

Future Grim for Region's Traffic -Petaluma Argus-Courier

North Bay Transportation Management Association (NBTMA) was the first TMA funded by a Cal Trans grant in Northern California.  Its mission was to find and implement traffic reductions solutions.  Shortly after its inception I was moved from a Board position to directing the organization.

Cal Trans and I engaged in some verbal and reportorial sparring which centered around my belief that increasing corporate ride sharing  was good but not the answer to traffic reduction.  The answer to reducing freeway congestion centered on land use.  How we use our land for development (mixed use, pedestrian pocket, transit oriented) and hinge transit around it determines how much  traffic reduction is produced. 

My voluminous reports and discussions with Cal Trans moved them not enough.  As the years have tumbled by I believe my position was right.  Stupid land use has exacerbated traffic, our dependency on imported oil has increased and the quality of family life has suffered with wasteful commutes and expensive housing.

NBTMA did: increase company ride sharing, initiated with a bus donation from the Santa Rosa Airporter a Novato Jitney  -- "GO NUTS -- (Novato Urban Transit System) and educated the community through various outreach and writing programs.  Its most significant program prior to its grant expiring was the successful North Bay Land Use and Traffic Reduction Conference held at he Petaluma Community Center in 1990.

This section documents the land use education conference and some of NBTMA's  outreach programs used to try to educate the region on the importance of smartly using land  in order to reduce traffic and help the human and physical environment.