Our public transit agencies have been perpetually underfunded for years, leading to major service cuts. Many Californians have no choice other than driving - a burden that hits low-income families especially hard. We need to expand and improve public transit ridership and service, increase walking and biking, and ensure affordability in housing near transit to improve our quality of life and include all Californians in the state’s economic recovery.
Revenue from our greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program offers an opportunity to leverage innovative climate policy into concrete economic, health, and environmental benefits for Californians. State law directs this funding to be spent in ways that reduce greenhouse gases even more, and that mitigate disproportionate impacts on disadvantaged communities and households. Projects and programs that increase walking, biking, public transportation, and affordable housing near transit will accomplish all of these goals effectively and efficiently. We urge you to use cap-and-trade revenues to provide real transportation choices.
Why is this important?
California's new "cap-and-trade" climate change program is expected to bring in billions of dollars of new revenue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We should use this money to take on the biggest source of climate pollution in the state: transportation. Transportation generates nearly 40% of California's greenhouse gas emissions, but low-carbon options like public transportation, walking, and biking have seen their budgets slashed in recent years - just when we need them the most.
In just a few weeks, the Governor will release his proposal for how to spend the cap-and-trade revenues for the next three years. This is a pivotal moment to fight climate change, improve the health and economics of California communities, and provide all Californians with affordable and safe choices for getting around. We need your help to make sure our leaders in Sacramento don't squander this opportunity. Please sign now!
How it will be delivered
We'll bring the signatures to Sacramento on April 24 for our Transportation Choices Advocacy Day, when advocates from around the state will be meeting with leaders to educate them about the need for public transportation, walking, biking, and affordable housing near transit for all Californians.