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‚Äôs 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.

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.

Priority legislation we covered in the 2016 legislative session:

SB 32 ( Senator Fran Pavley ) - Support
Sets a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit that is equivalent to 40% below the 1990 level to be achieved by 2030.
SB 1000 ( Senator Connie Leyva ) - Support
Adds a required "Environmental Justice Element" to all city and county general plans, that would identify policies to reduce health risks and improve involvement in public decision-making for disadvantaged communities within the jurisdiction.
AB 2796 ( Assemblymember Richard Bloom ) - Support
This bill would set aside a minimum percentage of funding from the Active Transportation Program for planning and education (as opposed to infrastructure).
AB 2722 ( Assemblymember Autumn Burke ) - Support
Creates a new program called Transformative Climate Communities to invest climate funds for projects and programs in disadvantaged communities, and allocates $250 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
AB 2502 ( Assemblymember Mullin and Assemblymember Chiu ) - Support
This bill would authorize local governments to require inclusionary housing as a condition of development.
AB 2222 ( Assemblymember Chris Holden, D-Pasadena ) - Support
Creates a statewide Transit Pass Program for free youth transit passes throughout the state.
AB 1550 ( Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles ) - Support
This bill would require the state's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to allocate a minimum of 25% of the available moneys in to projects located within disadvantaged communities; a separate and additional 5% to projects that benefit low-income households; and another separate and additional 5% to projects that benefit low-income households within 1/2 mile of disadvantaged communities.