TransForm statement on California Comeback Plan

For Immediate Release: May 14, 2021

Today, Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the California Comeback Plan, the biggest economic recovery package in state history, which will invest $100 billion dollars to help struggling families, combat climate change and wildfires, modernize our infrastructure, and much more. 

TransForm's Executive Director Darnell Grisby released this statement.

“The Governor’s historic budget proposal is a testament to and investment in the strength, resilience, and promise of California. This is what good government looks like — providing opportunities for Californians to thrive, innovate, and contribute to a brighter future for all.

“We are thrilled to see bold investments in transportation that prioritize racial and economic justice, and climate action.

  • $4.2 billion to complete high-speed rail construction in the Central Valley to help launch service from Merced to Bakersfield, advance planning and project design for the entire project, and leverage additional federal funding that we hope will be forthcoming.   

  • $1 billion for transit and rail projects that improve connectivity between cities and regions.

  • $1.4 billion to demonstrate and purchase or lease zero-emission buses and trucks, with a focus on improving air quality in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

  • $500 million to advance active transportations projects to make walking and biking safer and more convenient. This is enough to cover about 70 strong proposals not funded in the last round of ATP allocations. 

  • $407 million for state-of-the-art, clean bus and rail equipment and infrastructure that eliminate fossil fuel emissions and increase intercity transit frequencies.

“In addition to the Governor’s budget, the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI), which will be released by CalSTA in July, is another momentous opportunity to advance a just recovery and our low-carbon green growth goals. CAPTI will begin to bring our transportation spending into better alignment with our climate and equity goals, while ensuring our workforce and our economy are strengthened in the process.

“Collectively, these projects will create thousands of new jobs, proving that there is no tradeoff between a healthy planet and a healthy economy. Indeed, these investments in climate action and mobility justice can fuel a just transition to the green economy of the future.”