Proposed California law would fast-track environmentally sustainable transit

by Carolyn Said, The San Francisco Chronicle 


Highlights

  • Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will unveil SB288, the Sustainable Transportation COVID-19 Recovery Act, which would streamline alternative transportation infrastructure projects
  • The proposed bill would fast track sustainable transportation projects that would typically take months or years for approval due to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  • This bill would not provide any incentives or benefits to cars but would update transit stations, bus rapid transit lines, safer streets for biking and walking, repairs for bridge and transit storage, and new electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Labor and environmental groups are supportive of the bill, which as of now is receiving no opposition
  • Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, sees this bill as an opportunity to jump-start the economy post-pandemic and provide many other benefits to California:

“Fast-tracking some of California’s most sustainable transportation and complete streets projects would bring jobs, revive local economies, and result in improved safety, less pollution, reduced traffic and enhanced public health.” 


The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California campaign calls for clean mobility solutions, including a phase-out of all gas-powered vehicles.


Read More: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Proposed-California-law-would-fast-track-15339569.php

Nina Turner
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