California’s transportation sector represents 37 percent of GHG emissions statewide. SB 862, enacted by the Legislature and the Governor in 2014, established continuous appropriations of 60 percent of the available GGRF proceeds for certain transportation and sustainable communities programs, including High-Speed Rail, local and regional public transit, and affordable housing projects. In addition, annual appropriations are supporting the Low Carbon Transportation Program.
Transportation & Sustainable Communities Programs
This new program will fund new facilities and programs to promote increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. This program supports new pedestrian facilities, new bike paths or lanes, and new or expanded bike share programs.
Invests in projects that reduce vehicle miles traveled by supporting compact, infill development patterns, encouraging active transportation and transit usage, and protecting agricultural land from sprawl development.
Planning, designing, and constructing rail service from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin, via the Central Valley, with trains capable of exceeding 200 miles per hour. The High Speed Rail Authority has executed three major design-build contracts to date, covering 119 miles of the service line. These contracts provide the foundational infrastructure for Phase I of the high-speed rail service, which will connect San Francisco and the Los Angeles basin, via the Central Valley, by 2029. Cumulatively selected and implemented funds are committed for Phase I development/construction, and the continuous appropriation of auction proceeds are used to leverage additional financial support for the project.
Provides operating and capital assistance for transit agencies to reduce GHG emissions and improve mobility, with a priority on serving disadvantaged communities. Supports new or expanded bus, ferry, rail services, or transit facilities, and may include equipment acquisition, fueling, maintenance, fare reduction, voucher programs, ticket integration, bike rack additions, conversion of fleets to hybrid and/or zero emission technology, and other costs to operate those services or facilities.
Provides mobile source incentives to reduce GHG emissions, criteria pollutants, and air toxics through the development of advanced technology and clean transportation. The program is comprised of several sub-programs that provide a variety of disadvantaged community benefits
A component of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program is tasked with making strategic investments that prevent agricultural lands from conversion to more GHG-intensive land uses, specifically by protecting at-risk agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development
Competitive grant program for rail and bus transit operators for capital improvements to integrate state and local rail and other transit systems, including those located in disadvantaged communities, and those that provide connectivity to the high‐speed rail system.
This new program will fund the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated GHG emission reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. Strong local engagement and cross-sector partnerships are critical to realizing each community’s vision for TCC projects. The TCC Program will serve as a model for catalyzing local, multi-sector partnerships that leverage private and public funds to sustain community revitalization and equitable development, while helping to meet the State’s climate goals.