Existing law requires certain transportation planning agencies to prepare and adopt regional transportation plans directed at achieving a coordinated and balanced regional transportation system. Existing law requires each regional transportation plan to also include a sustainable communities strategy prepared by each metropolitan planning organization in order to, among other things, achieve certain targets established by the State Air Resources Board (ARB) for the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from automobiles and light trucks in the region for 2020 and 2035, respectively.
Existing law requires a metropolitan planning organization (MPO), before starting a specified public participation process, to submit a description to the ARB of the technical methodology it intends to use to estimate the emissions of GHGs from its sustainable communities strategy and, if appropriate, its alternative planning strategy. Existing law encourages a MPO to work with the ARB until the ARB concludes that the technical methodology operates accurately.
This bill would instead require a MPO, at least 60 days before starting that public participation process, to submit that description of the technical methodology to the ARB for approval. The bill would require, rather than encourage, a MPO to work with the ARB until the ARB concludes that the technical methodology operates accurately and approves its use.
Committee Location: Assembly Floor; approved in Appropriations Committee 5/10; approved in policy committees.
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