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.
This new program will achieve early actions in support of AB 617, providing emission reductions to communities most burdened by air pollution. Local air districts are administering funds through the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program in consultation with local communities and community-based organizations. Project types may include on-road and off-road heavy‑duty diesel vehicle replacements; marine vessel engine repowers; locomotive repowers and retrofits; and electric charging or alternative-fuel infrastructure. Funds can also go toward clean truck projects to reduce emissions in freight corridors in accordance with the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program. Additional technical assistance awards will go to local community groups to support participation.
This new program will fund research to reduce GHG emissions while addressing clean energy and climate adaptation and resiliency and supporting low-income or disadvantaged communities. SGC’s Research Investment Plan designates five research priorities to complement existing State research: supporting and protecting vulnerable communities from the impacts of climate change; accelerating and supporting transitions to climate smart communities; integrating land use, conservation, and management into California climate change programs; increasing data accessibility and planning support for State, local, and regional climate change planning; and low‑GHG transformative technology development and deployment.
This new program will provide grants, rebates and other financial incentives for cleaner agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment that reduces GHG emissions and criteria pollutant forming emissions from agricultural operations.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is responsible for planning, designing, building and operation of the first high-speed rail system in the nation. California high-speed rail will connect the mega-regions of the state, contribute to economic development and a cleaner environment, create jobs and preserve agricultural and protected lands. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds capable of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. In addition, the Authority is working with regional partners to implement a state-wide rail modernization plan that will invest billions of dollars in local and regional rail lines to meet the state’s 21st century transportation needs. The Authority has executed three major design-build contracts to date, with 119 miles under construction and roughly $3 billion in investments made in California’s Central Valley. Construction of the program is being made through state and federal funds, and the continuous appropriation of auction proceeds are used to leverage additional financial support for the program.
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.