To create world class transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond, we need state and federal policies to support these goals. To unlock some of the barriers to success facing California, TransForm:
Shapes and advocates for state legislation that supports world-class public transportation and walkable communities, and to oppose efforts that work against these goals.
Helps to lead ClimatePlan, a partnership of California's leading non-profit organizations that we co-founded that is advancing policies and programs to address the relationship between land use policy and climate change at the state level.
For more information, contact Josh Stark.
On April 14th TransForm joined California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg along with other partners and allies as he unveiled his promising long-term investment strategy for cap-and-trade auction proceeds that could begin addressing this need. SB 1156 proposes significant and sustained investments in many of the priorities TransForm and our partners in the Sustainable Communities for All Coalition have advocated for: expanded and efficient public transit, affordable homes near transit, and increased biking and walking.
While there is room for improvement this proposal, if adopted, would represent a major increase in funding for these priorities beginning next year through 2020 and possibly beyond. TransForm will work to strengthen this bill in the weeks ahead. Click here to read a full analysis of SB 1156 on our blog.
It’s not the only proposal on the table however. Governor Brown’s January 10th budget proposal is still just as much in play as it was the day it was proposed and will play a role in this year’s plan for investing cap-and-trade auction proceeds this year as the well as years ahead. Learn more about his proposal and what we want to improve.
California has long been known as the car capital, for good reason. We drive enough that transportation is now nearly 20% of family expenses and is the largest contributor of dangerous air pollution and climate change.
But California is also a place where we value choices, health, and prosperity. And that is why Californians are embracing choices in how they get around -- demanding fast, affordable public transportation, safe walking and bicycling, shuttles and vanpools, and more.
By building strong partnerships with stakeholders throughout California, TransForm continues to be a key leader in the cap-and-trade conversation.
Help us make sure our state's climate funds are put to work reducing greenhouse gases and investing in real transportation choices as soon as possible:
Communities throughout California are clamoring for real transportation choices to revive the economy, improve public health, and protect the environment. Our interactive map of innovative "cap-and transit" opportunities will show the statewide demand for resources to address California's transportation crisis - a demand that can be met through smart allocation of cap-and-trade auction revenues.
This month, the California Air Resources Board is holding cap-and-trade workshops around the state to hear from the public where to invest revenues from the state’s landmark greenhouse gas cap-and-trade auction. This new funding source offers an incredible opportunity to expand funding for transportation choices for California communities. We need your help to show our leaders where communities are planning innovative transportation projects and programs to expand transit ridership, increase biking and walking, and ensuring affordable, accessible housing.
Anyone can add projects and programs to the map with just a few clicks. Can you help us by adding a project to the map now? Click here to get started.
Click on the markers to view the projects. Click on the project titles for more information.
|Caltrans has a new Mission - here’s what we have to say about it.||04/02/2014|
|Report calls for radical reform of Caltrans||02/04/2014|
|Governor's new budget makes transportation and environment priorities||01/16/2014|
|Fifth cap-and-trade auction moves ahead today after legal affirmation||11/19/2013|
|Transportation and equity in focus this week||11/08/2013|
|The 2013 Legislative Season: A Mixed Bag for Transportation||11/01/2013|
|A win for active transportation, a win for California||09/27/2013|
|Here comes PARK(ing) Day!||09/17/2013|
|The end (of the 2013 legislative session) is near||09/12/2013|
|Timing is critical for Safe Routes California Advocacy Day||08/15/2013|
|A big day ahead for state transportation policy||08/06/2013|
|State Legislative Update: Spotlight on the CTC||07/31/2013|
|Getting youth on transit cuts climate pollution for an entire generation||07/23/2013|
|State hits pause on funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure||06/26/2013|
|State budget misses the mark on climate change and transportation||06/13/2013|
|Safe Routes Fellows travel to Sacramento||06/04/2013|
|All eyes on the conference committee for climate funding decision||06/03/2013|
|400 ppm and the Governor is loaning away climate funds?||05/15/2013|
|Impact of Advocacy Day already visible in key bill’s approval by Assembly committee||05/01/2013|
|Transportation Choices Summit ignites advocates to spark change||04/24/2013|
|CARB calls for transforming California’s transportation system – really!||04/17/2013|
|California’s cap-and-trade program: An opportunity to invest in community health||04/09/2013|
|AB 1051: Assemblyman Bocanegra calls for Sustainable Communities for All||03/27/2013|
|On Cap-and-Trade: Together, our voices are being heard.||03/12/2013|
|Transportation advocates turn out in force for final cap-and-trade workshop||02/28/2013|
|Transportation and affordable housing take center stage at California’s first cap-and-trade workshop||02/21/2013|
|What happened at the first auction of cap and trade||12/04/2012|
|Governor signs AB 1532 and SB 535... but what does cap and trade mean for public transportation?||10/26/2012|
|2012 Legislative Round-Up||09/04/2012|
|TransForm’s 2012 Ballot Initiative Endorsements||08/30/2012|
|Historic Vote Kicks off Real Journey for High Speed Rail||07/10/2012|
|Transportation Choices Summit Gets Statewide Movement Off to a Running Start||05/03/2012|
|Let the marathon begin: San Diego adopts California's first SCS||10/30/2011|
2014 is a year of tremendous opportunity for California’s communities. With millions of new cap-and-trade revenues coming in, YOU have the opportunity to tell legislators how this money can and should make a difference. Join us at the Summit and optional Advocacy Day, as we learn, build networks, and work together to promote a transportation system that provides access for all, protects our environment and is the cornerstone for sustainable, equitable communities.
Join us for a bicycle tour of the Sacramento region, on both sides of the river! See how the region is transforming its streets, providing new housing options and addressing issues of sustainability. This is a great opportunity to get to know your colleagues from around the state. Please note that tours will leave from a new location: Crocker Park, 211 O Street, Sacramento. Bikes are available to borrow or bring your own bike! Tours are hosted by Jim Brown of the Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA). Bring your own helmet, and please arrive 15 minutes early if you will be borrowing a bike.
At this year's Summit you will:
Unwind and mingle at a post-Summit reception for advocates and legislative leaders, held alongside the beautiful Sacramento River and golden Tower Bridge.
Your voice is unique, and California’s leaders need to hear it! Join over 100 community and organizational representatives as we walk through the Capitol building, visiting legislative offices, during the 3rd annual Transportation Choices Advocacy Day.
Advocacy Day begins with an early morning workshop on both basic and advanced advocacy skills. Then we will form teams and head to meetings with legislative offices.
The Summit will help prepare you for the Advocacy Day, but it is also possible to just attend this April 23 event. Advocacy Day is optional. Advocacy Day is now full and registration is closed.
Online registration is currently closed. We will be accepting additional registrations for the Summit at the door, $60 to $100 sliding scale. Your registration fee covers the Summit itself, lunch, and the evening reception. Please email us to be on our list for pay-at-the-door registrations: email@example.com.
The April 23rd Advocacy Day is free to participants, but advance registration is required. Advocacy Day is now full and registration is closed.
If you are visually impaired and need assistance with this webpage, please call Danielle Fodor at 916.706.2035 x 303 .
The generosity of our sponsors empowers regional advocates and our statewide movement through scholarships for those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Please consider sponsoring the event today. Sign up to sponsor online or contact Danielle Fodor for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bonnie Holmes-Gen, American Lung Association in California
Chanell Fletcher, Climate Plan
Chione Flegal, PolicyLink
Dave Snyder, California Bicycle Coalition
Denny Zane, Move LA
Elyse Lowe, Move San Diego
Jeff Thom, California Council of the Blind
Josh Shaw, California Transit Association
Katelyn Roedner, Catholic Charities of Stockton
Martin Martinez, Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership
Max Baumhefner, Natural Resources Defence Council
Rebecca Saltzman, California League of Conservation Voters
Ruben Cantu, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Sarah de Guia, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Tove Beatty, Legislative Consultant
Tracy Delaney, Public Health Alliance of Southern California
Rick Theis, TransForm Board Member
Warren Cushman, California Council for the Blind
Will Barrett, American Lung Association of California
Overall Support for TransForm's State Policy & Engagement Program
The Transportation Choices Campaign was launched in 2012 to ensure all Californians gain this access and independence through better walking, biking, public transportation, and affordable housing. Expanding transportation choices for Californians will allow us to save billions of dollars per year on transportation, invest in local jobs instead of foreign oil, and breathe healthier air and get more physically active -- all while providing access to jobs, housing and education for people of every age and income.
2013 promises tremendous opportunities, but these will only be realized if we come together: as individuals, as organizations, as communities, as California.
Our top priority is to ensure significant funding for transportation choices from California’s new program to reduce climate pollution, known as “cap-and-trade”.
We will also be working to make it easier for local governments to raise desperately needed funds by allowing voters to support more transportation choices with a 55% supermajority, instead of the current 66.67%.
For more information about the campaign and how to get involved, contact Joshua Stark, State Campaign Director.
Click here to sign up for updates on state legislation and our Transportation Choices Campaign.
At the end of last year, and typical for the end of the first of a two-year legislative session, TransForm continued to support a number of bills that had been held by their authors or in one committee or another. A number of those bills are officially dead, but a few are still in play and in need of our continued support.
In addition to those remaining bills, a few new bills have been added to TransForm’s list to support this legislative session. These are the bills that TransForm currently supports:
Our allies at Housing California are sponsoring Senator DeSaulnier’s bill, which would create thousands of jobs building affordable housing. The bill would add a $75 recording fee to non-residential real estate transactions, raising $500 million annually for state investment in affordable home production and leveraging an additional $2.78 billion in federal, local, and bank investment in homes and jobs for Californians. Check out their informative website here. TransForm supports this great bill (click here for bill language).
This bill will remain on the Assembly Appropriations Committee’s calendar while work is done to strengthen the bill and move it forward early in the new year.
This bill would address the disproportionate impacts from pollution on low income communities and communities of color in a number of ways, among them: require time for translation services not be counted as total time in public hearings; require the California EPA (Cal/EPA) to identify a list of environmental justice communities; require that fines for pollution in these areas are doubled; require that enforcement actions within these communities be prioritized; require that Cal/EPA maintain a public database of complaints and enforcement cases for each of its boards, departments and agencies. Click herefor bill language and information.
AB 1330 was held by its author and is now a two-year bill. Read TransForm's letterof support for AB 1330.
Based in large part on last year’s SB 1156, this bill is Senator Steinberg’s proposal to remake some of the powers of Redevelopment Agencies, but to streamline the process, foster cooperation between cities and counties, protect school funding, support affordable homes and refocus investment in transit-oriented areas. (Click here for bill language and information).
SB 1 was held by Senator Steinberg.
Current law requires local governments to adhere to the Highway Design Manual for bicycle design on roads. This bill would allow local governments to use bicycle designs that meet specified safety standards through means beyond those specified by the Highway Design Manual (click here for bill text).
This bill is currently in the Assembly Local Government Committee.
This bill authorizes “Infrastructure and revitalization finance districts” for purposes of raising funds for public infrastructure such as transportation, sewage, watersheds, libraries, child care facilities, parks, and others (click here for bill text).
The bill author has held this bill and intends to pursue it as a two-year bill.
You can look up the latest bill information here.
This bill would eliminate the voter requirement for the creation of infrastructure financing districts for transit priority projects, and it would require that at least 25% of the revenues raised be used for, "increasing, improving and preserving" low- and moderate-income housing availability.
This bill was held in the Assembly.
This bill would add the Superintendent of Public Instruction to the Strategic Growth Council.
This bill is currently in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.
Our current system for approving local tax measures effectively gives each “no” vote the same power as two “yes” votes by requiring a two-thirds threshold (66.67%) for approval. Last November in Los Angeles, over 1.9 million voters said yes to more transportation choices but lost to the 970,000 that said no. In Alameda County the margin was even closer – over 66.5% said yes – but the measure still lost.
Many legislators recognize that, though a new, local tax measure should be popular, today’s draconian requirement simply runs counter to our democratic form of government. No fewer than seven bills currently propose lowering the voter threshold for local projects - and three of them, SCA 4(Liu), SCA 8(Corbett), and SCA 11(Hancock), would do so for transportation.
TransForm supports these efforts to empower the overwhelming majority of Californians through the democratic process.
These pieces of legislation have a longer two-year time-frame for passing and will continue to be considered going forward.
They have passed out of Assembly Local Government and have become two-year bills.
This bill, authored by Senator Cannella (R – Madera) increases fines for school zone driving infractions, and sends the money to the Active Transportation Program with the intention of improving kids’ safety when getting to and from schools. (click here for bill language.)
This bill is in the Senate Transportation Committee, and will be heard on April 22nd.
Senator de León’s (D – Los Angeles) bill creates a program for improving rebates and credits for electric vehicles, removing gross polluting vehicles, and – most importantly for TransForm – allowing substantial rebates (up to $6500) to be used for transit passes and car share memberships.
This bill is in the Senate Transportation Committee and will be heard on April 2nd. (click here for bill language.)
Senator Lara (D – Los Angeles) has authored this bill that would provide funds to help convert fleets of buses and freight haulers to zero and near-zero emissions vehicles.
The bill in in the Senate Transportation Committee and will be heard April 2nd. (click here for bill language.)
Lastly, these are the bills that did not make it, after being held in committees:
California’s legislature runs in two-year cycles. The final two months of this cycle – the end of legislative session in August then waiting for the Governor’s decision on several bills in September – made for an exciting and, at times, nail-biting 60 days.
For the most up-to-date information on the status of California bills go to http://legislature.ca.gov/
Have questions? Contact Joshua Stark, State Campaign Director.
Want to submit a piece of legislation for TransForm to take a position on? Fill out the request form.
For the past 50 years, poorly planned growth has led to an almost complete reliance on cars and transportation is now the largest and fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in California.
California's groundbreaking 2008 law, SB 375, has created an incredible window of opportunity to reduce emissions, clean our air, reduce traffic and save families money.
In September 2010, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets from transportation for each of the state's 18 major regions. These targets are emissions reductions per capita.
|SCAG (Southern CA)||8%||13% (or more)|
|MTC (Bay Area)||7%||15%|
|SANDAG (San Diego)||7%||13%|
|San Joaquin Valley||5%||
10% (to be revisited in 2012)
Now, each region is working on their strategy to implement meet these targets through Sustainable Communities Strategies (SCS's). Under SB 375, a region should achieve an SCS by aligning long-term land use blueprints, regional plans for housing all residents of all incomes, and transportation investment plans.
The first region to complete an SCS was San Diego (available as part of their SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan). TransForm's Executive Director provided strategic policy support for non-profit groups in the region, and submitted his detailed commnets to the agency: Recommendations for Improving SANDAG’s 2050 RTP and for Post-RTP Actions. While several were accepted, such as $700 million for a Safe Routes to Transit program, the plan had a host of weaknesses. For a full assessment of San Diego's SCS please download the report, San Diego and SB 375: Lessons from California's First Sustainable Communities Strategy, by TransForm and ClimatePlan. It includes great lessons for stakeholders in any region.
TransForm is also helping lead efforts to make the Bay Area's SCS a model for sustainability and equity.
Learn more about SB 375 and how regions throughout the state are implementing it by visiting ClimatePlan, a collaboration of environmental, social equity, health and other organizations. TransForm co-founded, fiscally sponsors and provides programmatic support for ClimatePlan.
Download TransForm's SB 375 fact sheet.
Read TransForm's Windfall for All report that outlines how the policies that SB 375 calls for can dramatically reduce households' costs and reduce expenses for strapped local governments at the same time as they promote healthier neighborhoods and protect our climate.
Find out about TransForm's work to make the Bay Area's Sustainable Communities Strategy a model for the state.
For more information, contact Stuart Cohen.