FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 7, 2017
Joshua Stark, State Policy Director, 916-893-2181 (cell), [email protected]
Statement from Joshua Stark, TransForm’s State Policy Director, on the passage of SB1, a sweeping new transportation funding bill:
“SB1 will do some great things for California and our transportation system, and it breaks my heart that we couldn’t support it. We like that it sends a fair share of the money raised towards public transportation and safe walking and biking, but it also includes an unacceptable loophole to allow big trucks to keep polluting vulnerable communities. We couldn’t support a deal that sacrifices public health for public transportation — California needs both.
“However, we deeply appreciate all the work that went into making this bill as good as it was. It has come a long way, and that represents a major win for public transportation, walking, and biking. SB1 has triple the money for public transportation from stable revenue sources as a previous version, and nearly doubles the state’s funding for safe walking and biking. Legislators took out dangerous changes to CEQA and added in workforce development.
“We’re proud that a diverse coalition of more than 80 groups committed to environmental justice, climate protection, and sustainable transportation stood in solidarity throughout this process. Together we will keep fighting to reverse this “dirty trucking” policy and ensure that the communities most burdened by pollution from transportation benefit from the state’s investments in transportation.”