Model Policies — Environment/Sustainability

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New Jersey State Infrastructure Bank Creation

Establishing a State Infrastructure Bank (SIB); Revising state Transportation Trust Fund. SIBs can help finance bicycle, pedestrian and trail projects with the federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program. Passed. Learn more about TIFIA. Read the legislation.

Published on 12/19/16
Funding Mechanism: Bill
Topic Area: Cycling, Environment/Sustainability, Federal Funding, Transit, Transportation, Walking
State: New Jersey
Tags: 2016, TIFIA, State Infrastructure Bank

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Massachusetts Complete Streets Funding Program

The MassDOT Complete Streets Funding Program was created by legislative authorization through the 2014 Transportation Bond Bill with the intent of rewarding municipalities that demonstrate a commitment to embedding Complete Streets in policy and practice. Passed. Read the legislation.

Published on 12/17/16
Funding Mechanism: Executive/Agency Action
Topic Area: Equity, Safety, Health, Transportation, Environment/Sustainability, Economic Development, Cycling, Walking, Transit, Dedicated Funding
State: Massachusetts
Tags: Bond, Local option, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), Complete Streets, 2014

Success Stories — Environment/Sustainability

Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus

The Ohio Legislative Trails Caucus, formed on March 29, 2017, is a bipartisan group of 30-and-counting state-elected officials committed to creating a statewide trails network to connect Ohioans. The Caucus is focused on improving existing trails and ensuring smart planning for future trail...

Published on 04/05/18
Funding Mechanism: Resolution
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Equity, Dedicated Funding, Health, Safety, Trails, Transportation, Walking, Recreation, Land Use
Tags: Special committee, 2017, 2018

Ohio - Local (Oxford Area) Trails Levy

Oxford, Ohio (location of Miami University) passes tax levy to build 12-mile trail system. Read more about the process of getting this initiative on the ballot. The City of Oxford, Ohio passed a property tax levy on May 8, 2018 to fund the construction of its planned 12-mile multi-use trail...

Published on 03/20/18
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Local Policy
Topic Area: Cycling, Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Health, Trails, Transportation, Recreation, Walking
Tags: Local option, Property tax

Florida: Funding Trails Through Conservation and the Ballot Box

Florida’s history of supporting environmental conservation and recreation dates back to the establishment of the Land Acquisition Trust Fund in 1963. Throughout the years, a number of programs have helped support this important trust fund—and today, Florida seeks to build on the success of these...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative
Topic Area: Environment/Sustainability, Taxes
Tags: Bond, 2014

Clean Ohio: Bond Initiative Creates Hundreds of Millions for Trails, Conservation

First approved by voters in 2000, the Clean Ohio Fund is a $400 million state bond initiative that restores, protects and connects Ohio’s natural and urban places by preserving open space and farmland, improving outdoor recreation and attracting investment and economic development. The program,...

Published on 12/20/16
Funding Mechanism: Ballot Initiative, Constitutional Amendment
Topic Area: Economic Development, Environment/Sustainability, Trails, Dedicated Funding
Tags: Bond, 2000, 2008