Low Carbon Transportation

Community Development Agency

What Can You Do?

Marin County EV Charging Station 2018

Right Now:
  • Drive less
    Can you bike instead? Can you carpool with your friends? Can you walk even though you may not want to? What about public transit? Cars are convenient but pollute our air and cause traffic congestion in and outside of Marin County. Alternative transit options do not work for everyone, but there are multiple options to consider including casual carpool, taking the SMART train (Marin/Sonoma only), riding the ferry, or taking the bus. Employers often offer incentives if you drive less. To find out more about your options visit 511.org.

Next:

  • Purchase or lease an Electric Vehicle (EV)
    If you cannot drive less, bike, walk, or take public transit, consider leasing or purchasing an EV. Because the energy used in Marin County comes from renewable resources, powering a vehicle with electricity is far cleaner than gasoline. Explore the cost (and rebates) and type of EVs by visiting Drive Clean Marin, the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project, or Bay Area Sun Shares (EV and solar system discounts).

And Then:

  • Ask your employer to offer commute incentives
    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer commuter benefits to those employees. Employers must select 1 of 4 benefit options. Do you work for a small company? Propose that your employer offer a benefit anyway! Find out more about the Commuter Benefit Program.

 

What’s the County Doing?

  • Safe Routes to School
    Demonstrates the benefits of providing safe infrastructure and support for students walking and biking to school. Safe Routes to Schools includes education and outreach to students and parents, funds for crossing guards, and the development of safe pathways near schools.

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
    In September 2018, the County installed 31 public charging stations at the Civic Center for a total of 45 stations. The publicly available chargers are located at six locations including the Civic Center, Marin Center Exhibition Hall, Health and Wellness Center, 20 North San Pedro Road campus, West Marin Service Center, and 1600 Los Gamos Drive campus. The County also plans to install 10 additional fleet charging stations for a total of 18 stations. The County has 8 fully electric and plug-in electric vehicles.

  • Marin Transit Connect
    By using the Marin Transit Connect smartphone app, riders can request a Marin Transit bus from any location to any location within the San Rafael service area. The program is designed to help riders make that last mile connection between the SMART train station and their place of work.