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AB-285 California Transportation Plan.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/06/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 06, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 285


Introduced by Assembly Member Friedman

January 28, 2019


An act to amend Sections 14000.6, 65071, 65072.1, 65072.2, and 65073.1 and 65072.2 of the Government Code, relating to transportation planning.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 285, as amended, Friedman. California Transportation Plan.
Existing law requires the Department of Transportation to prepare the California Transportation Plan for submission to the Governor and the Legislature, to complete the first update to the plan by December 31, 2015, and to update the plan every 5 years thereafter. Existing law requires the plan to consider various subject areas for the movement of people and freight, including environmental protection and quality of life. Existing law also requires the plan to address how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions in order to attain a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 2050, and to identify the statewide integrated multimodal transportation system needed to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions. Existing law also requires the California Transportation Commission to review the plan and make certain recommendations for transportation system improvements, and to submit a report in that regard to the Legislature and the Governor by December 31, 2016, and every 5 years thereafter.
This bill would require the department to address in the California Transportation Plan how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions in order to attain a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 40% below 1990 levels by the end of 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2045. attain the air quality goals described in California’s state implementation plans required by the federal Clean Air Act. Commencing with the 3rd update to the plan to be completed by December 31, 2025, the bill would require the department to include specified information in the plan, including, among other things, a review, conducted in consultation with the Strategic Growth Council, review of the potential impacts and opportunities for coordination of specified grant programs and recommendations for the improvement of the grant programs to better align them to meet long-term common goals. The bill would require that review to be conducted in consultation with the agencies that administer those grant programs. The bill would require the department to complete an interim report by January 31, 2022, that contains the new information required to be included in the 3rd and subsequent updates to the plan. The bill would add environmental justice to the subject areas that the plan is required to consider for the movement of people and freight. The bill would require the California Transportation Commission to discuss its recommendations for transportation system improvements at a specified joint meeting with the State Air Resources Board before submitting those recommendations in the required report to the Legislature and the Governor.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14000.6 of the Government Code is amended to read:

14000.6.
 The Legislature further finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has established a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit to be achieved by 2020 pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code), which is equivalent to 1990 greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Senate Bill 32 (Chapter 249 of the Statutes of 2016) extended the statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

(b)Executive Order B-55-18 established a new statewide goal to achieve carbon neutrality as soon as possible, and no later than 2045.

(c)

(b) Emissions from the transportation sector account for 39 percent of California’s greenhouse gas emissions.

(d)

(c) In June 2016, the state released its transportation plan called California Transportation Plan 2040, which represented an important step toward integrating statewide long-range modal plans, key programs, and analysis tools that build on regional transportation plans, sustainable communities strategies, and rural land use visions. Yet more must be done to meet objectives of mobility and congestion management consistent with the state’s greenhouse gas emission limit and air pollution standards.

(e)

(d) The Legislature intends that subsequent transportation plans improve transparency, interagency coordination, and the impact of California’s transportation investments and planning to meet the objectives set forth in this section.

SEC. 2.

 Section 65071 of the Government Code is amended to read:

65071.
 The department shall update the California Transportation Plan every five years consistent with this chapter. The second update shall be completed by December 31, 2020.

SEC. 3.

 Section 65072.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:

65072.1.
 The California Transportation Plan shall consider all of the following subject areas for the movement of people and freight:
(a) Mobility and accessibility.
(b) Integration and connectivity.
(c) Efficient system management and operation.
(d) Existing system preservation.
(e) Safety and security.
(f) Economic development, including productivity and efficiency.
(g) Environmental protection and quality of life.
(h) Environmental justice.

SEC. 4.

 Section 65072.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

65072.2.
 (a) The department shall address in the California Transportation Plan how the state will achieve maximum feasible emissions reductions in order to attain a statewide reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 40 percent below 1990 levels by December 31, 2030, as required by the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Division 25.5 (commencing with Section 38500) of the Health and Safety Code), the requirements of Section 38566 of the Health and Safety Code, and carbon neutrality by 2045, and attain the air quality goals described in California’s state implementation plans required by the federal Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 7401 et seq.), taking into consideration the use of alternative fuels, new vehicle technology, tailpipe emissions reductions, and expansion of public transit, commuter rail, intercity rail, bicycling, and walking. The plan shall identify the statewide integrated multimodal transportation system needed to achieve these results.
(b) Commencing with the third update to the California Transportation Plan, the department shall include the following information in the plan:
(1) An overview of all sustainable communities strategies and alternative planning strategies prepared pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 65080, and an assessment of how implementation of the sustainable communities strategies and alternative planning strategies will influence the configuration of the statewide integrated multimodal transportation system.
(2) A review, conducted in consultation with the Strategic Growth Council, review of the potential impacts and opportunities for coordination of the following grant programs: the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, the Low Carbon Transit Operators Program, the Transformative Climate Communities Program, and the Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program. The review shall be conducted in consultation with the agencies that administer these grant programs. The review shall include recommendations for the improvement of these grant programs or other relevant transportation funding programs to better align the programs to meet long-term common goals.
(3) A forecast of the impacts of advanced and emerging technologies over a 20-year horizon of on infrastructure, access, and transportation systems. For purposes of this paragraph, “advanced and emerging technologies” includes, but is not limited to, shared, autonomous, connected, and electric transportation options.
(4) A review of the progress made implementing past California Transportation Plans including, but not limited to, a review of actions taken by each of the department’s districts to achieve the goals and policies outlined in the plan.
(c) The department shall complete an interim report by January 31, 2022, that contains the information described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of subdivision (b) and shall submit this report to the relevant policy and fiscal committees of the Legislature.

SEC. 5.Section 65073.1 of the Government Code is amended to read:
65073.1.

(a)The California Transportation Commission shall review recommendations in the update to the California Transportation Plan prepared by the department in 2020, and every five years thereafter, and prepare specific, action-oriented, and pragmatic recommendations for transportation system improvements. A report containing the specific recommendations shall be submitted to the Legislature and the Governor by December 31, 2021, and every five years thereafter, and in compliance with Section 9795.

(b)Before submitting the specific recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor pursuant to subdivision (a), the commission shall discuss its recommendations at a joint meeting held pursuant to Section 14516.