SB 526

Regional transportation plans: greenhouse gas emissions: State Mobility Action Plan for Healthy Communities.

Authors: 

Allen - Santa Monica

Co-Sponsors: 

TransForm, NRDC, American Lung Association of California

Bill Status: 

Under consideration by Senate committee

Transform Position: 

Support

SB 526 would redouble California's efforts to plan and build sustainable transportation systems, aligning transportation spending priorities with regional climate goals. The bill obtains valuable data on our regions' ability to stay on track to meeting our climate goals for 2035, and directs the California Transportation Commission to prioritize projects that reduce vehicle miles traveled in those regions that are not on track to meet their goals. Additionally, the bill creates a state Mobility Action Plan for Healthy Communities -- an interagency workgroup whose purpose is to ensure that regional growth and development around the state meets our environmental, health, equity, climate and housing goals.

This bill would:

  1. require metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to provide any data that the state Air Resources Board (ARB) determines is necessary to determine if the MPO is on track to meet its 2035 GHG reduction targets;
  2. require the ARB to determine if each MPO is on track to meet its 2035 targets and to notify the California Transportation Commission (CTC) of these determinations;
  3. require MPO's to identify near and long-term steps to be taken to achieve their GHG targets, and monitor and report progress toward implementing these steps to the ARB;
  4. require the CTC to assign a lower priority to transportation projects within an MPO's Regional Transportation Plan that increase vehicle miles traveled and GHG's than to projects that reduces vehicle miles traveled and GHG's if the ARB determines that it is not on track to meet its 2035 GHG reduction target;
  5. establish an interagency working group to be administered by the Strategic Growth Council and to be composed of a specified membership, and tasked to develop and implement a State Mobility Action Plan for Healthy Communities to ensure that regional growth and development is designed and implemented in a manner that will help achieve the state’s environmental, equity, climate, health and housing goals; and,
  6. require the interagency working group to submit the plan to the Legislature by December 31, 2020, and an updated plan to the Legislature by September 1, 2024, and every 4 years thereafter.

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