November 2017 Meeting

WGNA's next Monthly Board & Membership Meeting is scheduled for the second Thursday, 09 November 2017 at the Willow Glen Public Library branch at 7:00 pm.

Our guest speaker will be talking about all the ways that we connect people and provide solutions to travel and a better quality of life. Brandi Childress is the current Media and Public Affairs Manager at the Valley Transportation Authority of Santa Clara County. 

How do you make your daily transportation connections? That's whether it's by a car on the streets and highways, VTA light rail, or by regional transportation systems like BART, ACE and Cal Train?  What about the future California High-Speed Rail?

More of us are traveling to the area using the local bikeways, if not walking and jogging on the public trails.

If you're like many people in the San Francisco Bay Area, you probably make use of several modes of travel.  We will discuss how to make those transportation connections in what's become a modern-day multi-modal environment.  That's whether it's in the traditional neighborhoods, or in the newer transit-oriented developments (TODs) and urban villages.  We'll talk about your own community ties-in with the various neighborhoods in the city, county, and greater region.  Learn how your neighborhood works within the greater context of the regional urban ecology, and how our local hub connects within the greater transportation system.

Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area has a developing transportation hierarchy of which there are many options and layers.  Do you mostly choose a single occupancy vehicle and commute daily on the congested highways?  Do you carpool with family members, co-workers, or fellow students?  We'll consider what determines our individual choices and options.

We will discuss the current availability and growing demand for multi-modal travel, including everything from bicycle routes to the public transit options.  Wherever we currently live or desire to move, can we all work-in with the "complete streets" and "livable communities" initiative?  More people want to live and work in complete neighborhoods that include all the amenities of quality of life, reduced commuter distances, etc.

Young or old, healthy and green ways of life are in demand as more people find ways to fit in hiking, jogging, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School.  It's part of the daily routines of modern-day work, family, and social life.

The proximity to transportation lines and public trails — plus safe and efficient routes — is affecting residential and commercial land values because more people are seeking their accessibility.  It's part of the greater question concerning livability as we all realize the great squeeze in the Bay Area's jobs-housing balance.

Even when we're on our day off from work — or taking an extended holiday or business trip — the San Francisco Bay Area has a significant and growing interest in travel and tourism.  That's especially as it relates to our national heritage region; business and conventions; trade and distribution; etc.  Transporation from the airport, to train stations, and into the neighborhoods is a significant part of our travel plans, which is either for business or leisure.

All of these areas of interest and more will things to think about at our next meeting.  We encourage your participation, including questions, concerns, and feedback.