Streetsblog California editor Melanie Curry has been thinking about transportation, and how to improve conditions for bicyclists, since her early days commuting by bike to UCLA long ago. She was Managing Editor at the East Bay Express, and edited Access Magazine for the University of California Transportation Center. She also earned her Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley.
California reauthorized its cap-and-trade program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's a landmark victory and a rare bipartisan accord; it brings some certainty to California climate change policy-- and it leaves a lot of open questions.
Many of the bill’s opponents at this hearing agree that there is no time to waste. They have been arguing that cap-and-trade is not working as intended—that its emission reductions are inadequate, and that in some cases the program has led to an increase in local emissions of other harmful pollutants by allowing industries to buy their way out of cleaning up their practices.
While there is a push to make quick decisions and get projects on the ground fast, there is also counter pressure to take enough time to get these decisions right. There won't be another opportunity to raise money for transportation any time soon.
One of the programs funded by California’s cap-and-trade system is the Low Carbon Transit Operations Program, which was created to help transit agencies help the state meet its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The program provides money for increasing or creating new services, expanding facilities, and buying new equipment such as electric vehicles, the idea […]
Modesto Junior College is joining a growing list of institutions that are partnering with transit to ease the financial burden of getting an education. As of July 1, all students can ride city and county transit systems for free.
The Assembly Transportation Committee heard and passed along several bills this week.
Right now and for the next few months, California has a huge opportunity to shift its transportation investment to create a system that works for everybody.
Greenberg's job is to work across all the different programs within Caltrans to guide and offer resources for meeting the department's sustainability goals, including interior goals--like efficient energy and water use--and external goals relating to the state transportation system.
After 2020 California GHG emission reduction goals will become more stringent, and therefore harder to reach. Since transportation is the largest single contributor to GHG emissions, achieving targets requires finding ways to make it easy for people to drive less. But regions say they can't control driving, and they don't have enough money.