Last fall, equity and environmental justice advocates were pleased at the passage of AB 179. The legislation mandated reform of the California Transportation Commission (CTC) board and placed requirements to ensure diverse representation, including experience working in disadvantaged communities. Despite the promising requirements written into AB 179, Governor Brown just re-appointed two incumbents who do not meet the criteria of equity or climate justice champions.
On February 21st, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released a draft of their Public Participation Plan and is currently soliciting feedback until April 21st. SCAG is responsible for developing plans like the Regional Transportation Plan Sustainable Communities Strategies and the Public Participation Plan is a critical guide for how SCAG will interact and gather input from public stakeholders The updated plan includes practices and methods fo
Last December, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) board approved $2.8 million for the Safe Routes to School program, along with a process for restructuring the education and non-infrastructure components. This is great news for partners in the city/county, who had feared the program could be cut in light of comments from board members at prior meetings expressing concern about citywide coordination of the program.
The Fresno Council of Governments (Fresno COG) has released a draft proposed Fresno County Regional Active Transportation Plan. The plan is intended as a guidance document with the ultimate vision of trails, walkways, and bikeways that provide safe, convenient, and enjoyable connections to key destinations around the County.
In early November,The Los Angeles Vision Zero Alliance submitted a coalition led letter to Chair Mike Bonin and members of the transportation committee on supporting their request for additional data for the Vision Zero Plan.
The state legislature will likely vote again next year on legislation that would require middle and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30am. The bill, SB 328, is coauthored by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada-Flintridge). It passed the Senate in May with a 31-25 vote but failed in the Assembly on a vote of 26-30.
Yesterday the California Senate and Assembly passed the long-gestating transportation funding package after a long debate. Senate Bill 1 will provide 10 years worth of funding for transportation improvements across the state, including $1 billion in new funding for the Active Transportation Program.