Lead the way, California: A transportation platform for the new administration

This week, Climate Resolve and ClimatePlan joined nearly 50 organizations across the state in releasing a comprehensive transportation platform to support Governor-elect Gavin Newsom and his administration in moving California forward.


Why California needs this

It’s time for California to lead the way, with transportation that connects everyone to a brighter future. It’s time to break free of the dependence on outdated, unhealthy technology — cars, freeways, and dirty freight — that is hurting our communities and our climate. California is leading the nation on climate goals, but our transportation system is polluting our air and dragging us backward. It’s time to think bigger, to be bold, and to invest in solutions that bring our values to life.

This transportation platform offers clear steps for California’s new administration to act.

A comprehensive platform, supported by a broad coalition

The platform offers a comprehensive approach to increase access to opportunity and reduce reliance on driving. It reflects the shared vision and priorities of dozens of transit, environment, social justice and housing partners, including Climate Resolve, ClimatePlan, PolicyLink, California Bicycle Coalition, California Walks, the Planning and Conservation League, and many other partners.

“The platform released today and given to Governor-elect Newsom is an exciting opportunity to build a more equitable and climate-friendly state for all Californians,” said Bryn Lindblad, Deputy Director of Climate Resolve. “A network of partners stand ready to get to work and assist however possible to build momentum to improve accessibility and sustainable transportation options.”

Clear actions, detailed steps

The platform will enable the new Administration to provide every Californian access to convenient, dignified, and low-cost transportation options. The platform also addresses the related goals of building affordable homes and preserving land. It builds on California’s global leadership in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, transitioning to clean energy, and combating climate change.

The platform lays out specific steps across five actions:

    • Prioritize transportation that moves California forward such as public transit, walking, scooting, and biking 
    • Act to meet the greatest needs first — by prioritizing funds for historically marginalized communities and through meaningful public participation
    • Champion housing justice for California communities — with anti-displacement strategies and equitable infill development
    • Clean up our air — by speeding up the transition to clean technologies
    • Recognize the true value of California’s landscapes — using data and incentives to direct conservation decisions

Equity as a priority

“There is an opportunity to make transportation investments differently than California has done in the past, and this platform spells out that opportunity. We need to be investing in ways that close equity gaps, and correct past harms. It is a way to pursue transportation justice and improve accessibility and mobility for all Californians,” said Jared Sanchez, Senior Policy Advocate with California Bicycle Coalition.

The platform — if implemented — represents a shift towards a more sustainable and equitable future for California. Results will alleviate traffic congestion, reduce climate pollution, relieve transportation cost burdens, improve public health, and increase quality of life for all Californians.

Just in time

"With last week's news that California regions are not on track to meet climate goals, it's time to get serious about reducing emissions from driving, “ said Ella Wise, State Policy Associate for ClimatePlan.

“We look forward to the state's leadership on this."

To read the full platform, please download it here.

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