Citywide Transportation Plan
The Skinny: Fresnans will always love their cars. But there’s no denying the Big Push to get at least some of us to use other ways to get from Point A to Point B. Part of that push is improved bus (Fresno Area Express) service. Another part is sidewalks and trails. Take it from me – Fresno for the most part is a great place to walk. The Active Transportation Plan is only one piece of Swearengin’s multi-pronged transportation vision.
The Rundown: “The Fresno Active Transportation Plan (ATP) is a comprehensive guide outlining the vision for active transportation in the City of Fresno, and a roadmap for achieving that vision. The ATP envisions a complete, safe, and comfortable network of trails, sidewalks, and bikeways that serves all residents of Fresno. The plan seeks to achieve the following goals: Equitably improve the safety and perceived safety of walking and bicycling in Fresno; Increase walking and bicycling trips in Fresno by creating user-friendly facilities; Improve the geographic equity of access to walking and bicycling facilities in Fresno; Fill key gaps in Fresno’s walking and bicycling networks.” (Source: Fresno Active Transportation Plan, draft, October 2016
The Pledge: “This project has been a long time in the making dating back to 2006 when the City first pursued grants to fund the project. I’m so pleased to see construction finally begin. Improving public transit in our community has been a high priority during my Administration. When completed, the Bus Rapid Transit system will not only provide greater service reliability and increased customer convenience, it will also help promote revitalization and development opportunities throughout Fresno.” – Mayor Ashley Swearengin, June 1, 2016, on the official launch of the $54 million Bus Rapid Transit project. (Source: City of Fresno)