State Legislation and Funding

Transportation and housing solutions are keys to addressing climate change and social inequity.

More than a third of the state’s climate pollution comes from transportation. And at the same time, too many Californians still struggle to find effective, affordable ways to get where we need to go. Outdated and inefficient investments in highways carry a high cost for taxpayers, community health, and the climate — while too many are stuck in traffic, or stuck without options at all.

California’s leaders have set ambitious goals to reduce climate emissions, and many of them share our commitment to reversing decades of disinvestment and exclusion in order to create an equitable future. Over the past ten years, we’ve engaged diverse partners in coalitions and campaigns to build a voice in Sacramento for sustainable communities and transportation equity.

Connecting Transportation, Equity, and Climate

For a decade now, TransForm has brought our expertise and understanding to the State Capitol, urging policies, programs, and funding to make our communities more healthy, connected, and fair.

We’ve made significant strides to improve our state:

  • We helped shape major transportation funding measures into truly paradigm-shifting ways to fund and support transit, biking, and walking, including new transportation investments approved in 2017, which now provide nearly $1 billion more annually for sustainable transportation.
  • We helped pass legislation that invests billions of dollars from fees on carbon pollution for better public transportation, safer biking and walking, and more affordable homes near transit.
  • We have brought together diverse organizations, interests, and individuals across the state for our Transportation Equity Summits and advocacy days, which have elevated these issues at the state capitol.

We continue to work with the Legislature, the Administration, allied organizations, and voters to advance a future where all Californians can live in communities with healthy, reliable, and affordable transportation choices.

For more information about TransForm's statewide efforts, contact Joshua Stark.

Priority legislation we are following in the 2019 legislative session:

SB 127 ( Wiener - San Francisco ) - Support
Requires Complete Streets assessment of all projects for the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP), prioritizing safety and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.
SB 59 ( Allen - Santa Monica ) - Support
This bill creates an Automated Vehicle working group composed of state agencies to study and guide AV implementation, with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and encouraging efficient land use.
SB 18 ( Skinner - Berkeley ) - Support
Expand state funding for rental assistance and legal aid for residents facing eviction.
AB 1484 ( Grayson - Concord ) - Support
Increases protections for housing development projects from unannounced fees.
AB 1483 ( Grayson - Concord ) - Support
Increases government transparency and clarifies development requirements by requiring state and local agencies to publicly post housing policies and restrictions on their websites.
AB 69 ( Ting - San Francisco ) - Support
Helps address California’s housing crisis by easing barriers to the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs, aka in-law units).
AB 68 ( Ting - San Francisco ) - Support
Helps address California’s housing crisis by easing barriers to the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs, aka in-law units).


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

2018 legislative year in review

2017 legislative year in review

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.