A new report shows SPUR massive benefits to the state-wide legislation to streamline Senator Wiener sustainable transport

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SAN FRANCISCO – SPUR announced the publication of its new report, Accelerating Sustainable Transportation in California: An Analysis of Senate Bill 288 and Recommendations for Expanding and Improving the Law. Senate Bill 288, authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and passed in 2020, accelerates sustainable public transit and active transportation projects in urban areas across the state.

This progress report presents the results of an investigation conducted in the summer of 2021, less than a year after the bill was proclaimed into law. In this short time, 15 projects have been built to improve bus reliability and speed, improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and create clean transit fleets, 11 of which were built in disadvantaged communities. This is a remarkably fast turnaround time for infrastructure projects, which can normally take years to build and drain taxpayer funds due to unnecessary delays.

Senator Wiener is currently drafting a bill, SB 922, to extend and expand the SB 288. SB 288 will expire in 2022 if it is not extended. Early implementation shows the promise of SB 922 and shows why an extension will help create a more sustainable transportation throughout the state. Public agencies have reported 38 other projects that they planned to use the exemption or needed the extension to go ahead; SB 922 would allow them to move forward.

Given the recently approved infrastructure investments and historical federal and state levels, the SB 922 will help us to implement projects in record time. This is an important time to use quickly and decisively transformation fund and expand our transportation infrastructure across the state. We can not let them sustainable transportation projects get bogged down in years of unnecessary administrative delays and expensive when we could revitalize the landscape of transportation in California now.

Our climate emergency demands that we redouble our efforts on projects that reduce driving and greenhouse gas emissions, such as public transit and sustainable transportation.

Most of the projects that have used the SB 288 exemption to date are targeted walking and cycling improvements, including slow streets and active transportation projects. These are generally community-identified, quick-to-build, relatively inexpensive interventions that reduce the volume and speed of traffic so people can walk, cycle, run and socialize safely amid closures. related to COVID while reducing air and climate pollution. They have brought much-needed joy, relief and a sense of belonging to neighborhoods during the pandemic. Other projects include fleet electrification infrastructure for bus projects.

The report can be read hereAnd contains details of projects using the SB 288 exemption and SPUR’s policy recommendations moving forward.

“SPUR’s report makes clear what we already suspected: SB 288 is having an impact, and quickly,” said Senator Scott Wiener. “It shouldn’t take decades to build major sustainable transportation projects that will help us meet our climate goals and improve the quality of life in our cities. This is why we must adopt the SB 922 and SB 288. extend With the influx of infrastructure financing which we arrive, there is no better time to do it.

“How we move matters to our climate, our health and our communities,” said Laura Tolkoff, Transport Policy Director for SPUR. “Within months of SB 288 taking effect, transit agencies and cities have built 15 projects that support sustainable mobility and access and deliver on community promises. Imagine what we could do if SB 922 were enacted.”

“Improved mobility is essential to maintaining a healthy economy and a healthy environment,” said Gwen Litvak of the Bay Area Council. “SB 288 makes it easier, faster and less expensive to build a wide range of public transit and sustainable transportation projects that get traffic off our roads and harmful emissions off our skies. It is imperative now that we pass SB 922 to expand and build on the great strides we made in SB 288.”

“We don’t have time to wait” Jason Baker, Senior VP Infrastructure and Regional Partnerships at Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “We need to build many more projects that will help the environment while making our communities safer and healthier communities. SB 922 helps make that possible. ”

“SB 922 is an ideal complement to increasing federal and state investments in clean transportation projects. By accelerating the delivery of the most sustainable transportation projects, SB 922 will ensure that these new dollars are put to work quickly to benefit Californians statewide,” said Michael Pimentel, Executive Director, California Transit Association.

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