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Transportation: Smarter Choices

San-Fran-CA-Bay-Bridge-Bike-2California has set ambitious goals to fight climate change and create more sustainable communities.

It’s critical that the state’s investments in transportation help us achieve these goals.

ClimatePlan is working with our partners to align the state’s transportation investments with its climate goals — so the state prioritizes funding transportation projects that help reduce greenhouse gases, and also promote public health, sustainability, and social equity.

Below are our current areas of focus.

Transportation Equity Legislation

In spring 2017, ClimatePlan and key partners are advocating for a set of state transportation bills in the state Assembly to:

– Ensure our decision-makers reflect the diversity of California’s transportation needs.
– Improve all Californians’ access to affordable, reliable transportation.
– Provide meaningful benefits to low-income and disadvantaged communities.

Three bills are heading to the Assembly Transportation Committee:

 – AB 17: Free and reduced-fare transit passes for youth (Holden, D-Pasadena) would create a new transit pass program for low-income 6th-12th grade and college students. Official bill information here.

AB 179: More equitable representation on the California Transportation Commission (Cervantes, D-Corona) would require transportation, health, and environmental justice expertise for at least 7 of the 11 voting members on the California Transportation Commission. Official bill information here.

 – AB 1640: Priority funding for transportation in low-income communities (E. Garcia, D – Coachella) would require at least 25 percent of each region’s transportation improvement program (RTIP) fund projects that provide direct, meaningful benefits to low-income communities. Official bill information here.

Building Sustainable Communities

Since the passage of SB 375 in 2008, ClimatePlan has worked with our partners to implement this groundbreaking law. SB 375 links transportation, land use, and housing plans with the goal of reducing vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions — while also improving public health, expanding access to opportunity, reducing air pollution, and conserving valuable landscapes.

To build upon the successes of SB 375, ClimatePlan, Natural Resources Defense Council, and TransForm are co-sponsoring SB 150. This bill, authored by Senator Allen, will ensure that our regional greenhouse gas reduction targets support sustainable, equitable communities – where people can find affordable homes near good jobs with plenty of transportation choices, in regions where farms and natural landscapes are protected.

If passed, SB 150 will:

– Align our regional greenhouse gas reduction targets to SB 32 (Pavley) and the Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15.
– Monitor the regions’ progress to achieve their greenhouse gas reduction targets.

Official bill information here.

 

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