California Quickly Implementing Solutions for Climate-Friendly Transportation Funding and Poised to do More in 2024


Progress, new commitments detailed in second report on Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure

SACRAMENTO – Well ahead of schedule, California has nearly completed all the actions to align the state’s transportation funding programs with its climate goals in only two years since adopting a new climate action strategy, according to a report finalized today by the California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA).

As part of the second annual report detailing the state’s progress in implementing the Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure (CAPTI), CalSTA is committing to a public process this spring to accelerate progress in meeting the state’s ambitious targets to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This will be the first update to CAPTI since CalSTA adopted the plan in July 2021 as part of a redoubled commitment to invest billions of discretionary transportation dollars annually to aggressively combat and adapt to climate change while supporting public health, safety and equity – which are all closely linked to VMT.

“California is a global leader in clean transportation and does more than any state in the country to improve equity and climate outcomes from the transportation sector – but we still must do more,” said Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin. “While we have made significant progress implementing CAPTI, if we’re serious about reaching the state’s ambitious climate goals and halting the worst effects of the climate crisis, we must continue to accelerate our transition to a cleaner, safer, equitable and more connected transportation system that benefits all Californians.”

CAPTI builds on executive orders signed by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2019 and 2020 targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in transportation – which account for more than 40 percent of all planet-warming pollution – to reach the state’s ambitious climate goals.

CAPTI lists 34 key action items for aligning California’s discretionary investments in transportation infrastructure with the state’s goals to rapidly cut planet-warming pollution. Of those 34 actions, 25 are already complete, and the remaining nine are on track to be completed by the end of June 2024. This is significantly sooner than expected, with the timeline in CAPTI originally ranging up to seven years.

Among key findings in the second annual report:

  • The amount of funding going toward projects that increase VMT has declined significantly since 2019, with record levels of funding going to cleaner modes of transportation. For example, the VMT-reducing Active Transportation Program, which expands safe walking and biking options, received an increase of about $50 million per year in federal funding and a one-time $1.05 billion increase in state funding.
  • While CAPTI implementation may shift the state’s transportation investments, it did not negatively impact the number of jobs created or job quality throughout economic sectors impacted by state transportation improvement.
  • Increasing multimodal, community-driven projects throughout all CAPTI funding programs also improved the transportation equity outcomes among disadvantaged communities.

CalSTA released the draft second annual report for public feedback in November 2023. A summary of comments and a link to CalSTA’s public presentation on the draft report are available on the CAPTI webpage.◊

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