State Legislation and Funding

Championing policies that improve transit, make streets safer, and strengthen communities.

With your help, we can make the most of opportunities in Sacramento to bring real transportation choices to all Californians. We know that sustainable and fair transportation is vital to both tackling climate change and keeping California a great place to live for people of all incomes. After all, more than a third of the state’s climate pollution comes from transportation alone.

TransForm and our allies are pushing for California to remain at the forefront of climate change policy. We support legislation that improves safety for people who walk and bike. We also seek funding for innovative systems that get people where they need to go in ways that reduce pollution, improve health and safety, and save people money.

Transportation, Equity, and Climate

For decades, California's transportation system has made our state less fair, saddling our most vulnerable communities with harmful air pollution, unsafe streets for people who walk and bike, vastly insufficient public transportation, and more.  Our leaders have chosen to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to prioritize car travel and wealthier communities. But it doesn't have to be this way.

In 2016, TransForm and our allies focused on advancing transportation policies in Sacramento that would begin to reverse and repair the damage done to low-income communities.  We're proud that we achieved some of our goals, in particular the passage of a bill to incorporate environmental justice into local land use planning, as well as increased funding for walking and biking.  Read our 2016 legislative year in review here.

But there's still a lot more work to be done!  With many new legislators heading to Sacramento after the November election, we'll be rolling up our sleeves to renew our efforts for transportation equity, and to ensure that our state's climate program continues to invest in the programs that will make California a more sustainable and fair place to live.

Priority legislation we are following in the 2017 legislative session:

SB 680 ( Wieckowski (D- Hayward) ) - Support
Extends BART's ability to construct transit-oriented development from 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile from a BART station.
AB 1530 ( Gonzalez Fletcher (D- San Diego) ) - Support
Improves the Urban Forestry Act of 1978 to better align it with climate change and environmental justice goals.
SB 2 ( Atkins (D-San Diego) ) - Support
Creates a $75 documentation transaction fee on certain real estate transactions, to be used for affordable housing investments.
SB 3 ( Beall (D- San Jose) ) - Support
Authorizes the issuance of $3 billion in bonds for affordable housing, upon voter approval in the November 2018 election.
SB 760 ( Wiener (D-San Francisco) ) - Support
Prioritizes the creation of "complete streets," including safer sidewalks, bikeways, and crosswalks, on roads owned and managed by Caltrans.
SB 1 ( Beall (D- San Jose) ) - Oppose unless amended
Adds approx. $5 billion in transportation funding to various state transportation programs, through various tax increases; but also contains an unacceptable regulatory exemption for truck pollution.
AB 179 ( Cervantes (D- Riverside) ) - Support
Ensures the California Transportation Commission better reflects California's diverse communities and the impacts of our transportation system; requires coordination between the CTC and the Air Resources Board.
AB 1640 ( E. Garcia (D- Coachella) ) - Support
Dedicates a minimum of 25% of each region's transportation funds from the state (RTIP) to be used for projects that provide meaningful benefits to low income communities.
SB 150 ( Allen (D- Santa Monica) ) - Support
Strengthens California's climate policies by creating a mechanism to track regional reductions in driving and climate pollution, as well as consequences for regions that fail to progress toward their climate goals.
AB 17 ( Holden (D- Pasadena) ) - Support
Creates a state-level program to support free and reduced-fare transit passes for students of K-12 schools and public colleges and universities.

For past legislative years in review, click one of the links below:

2016 legislative year in review

2015 legislative year in review

2014 legislative year in review

2013 legislative year in review

2012 legislative year in review

For more information about TransForm's legislative efforts in Sacramento, contact Joshua Stark.