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 Outdated and inefficient investments in highways carry a high cost for taxpayers, community health, and the climate — while too many are stuck in traffic, or stuck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.

Priority legislation we are following in the 2021-22 legislative session:

AB 117 ( Boerner Horvath ) - Support
Establishes an Electric Bicycle Incentive Pilot Project to provide incentives for purchases of electric bicycles specifically targeted at low and moderate income individuals.
AB 122 ( Boerner Horvath ) - Support
Allows people riding bicycles to treat a stop sign as a yield sign, without requiring a full stop.
AB 1238 ( Ting ) - Support
Decriminalizes jay-walking by legalizing certain common and safe street crossings.
SB 500 ( Min ) - Support
Requires autonomous vehicles operating on a public road to be a zero-emission vehicle by 2025.
AB 970 ( Chiu ) - Support
Streamline the approval process for permit applications to install electric vehicle charging stations, absent any timely local objections to the application.
AB 528 ( Wicks ) - Support
Improve how nonprofit affordable housing developers can gain access to tax-delinquent properties in order to turn them into permanently affordable homes.
AB 917 ( Bloom ) - Support
Allows for transit agencies to use automated video imaging technology to document and enforce parking violations within transit-only lanes and at bus stops.
AB 476 ( Mullen ) - Support
Create a pilot program for a limited number of projects in which transit buses could operate on the shoulders of state highways.