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.
This program funds new infrastructure and education programs that promote active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking. This program supports new pedestrian facilities, bike paths and lanes, and new or expanded bike share programs.
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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.
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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.
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The California High-Speed Rail Authority is responsible for planning, designing, building and operating the first high-speed rail system in the nation. By 2029, the system will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours at speeds of over 200 miles per hour. The system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations. 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.
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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.
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Helps California residents and businesses get cleaner cars and fleets to reduce GHG emissions, criteria pollutants, and air toxics. The program is comprised of several sub-programs, from car-shares and van-pools to advanced technology cars like plug-in electric and hydrogen fuel cell, and advanced freight technologies, which provide a variety of disadvantaged community benefits.
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The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program uses conservation easements to prevent agricultural lands from being converted to more GHG-intensive land uses, specifically by protecting at-risk agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development. This program is a component of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program.
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Competitive grant program for rail and bus transit operators 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.
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This program funds 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.
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