STPP - Surface Transportation Policy Project                              v05n01  January 16, 2004

New Poll Identifies Bay Area Transportation Priorities:

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is planning the future of the Bay Area’s travel based on an unprecedented outreach campaign to guide their regional plan.  The Bay Area’s 2001 long-range transportation plan showed there are insufficient funds to expand their transportation system to the degree needed by the region’s growing population.  As a result, the Commission conducted a public opinion poll which sought to identify which transportation programs were of greatest importance to the people of the Bay Area, explored attitudes about housing/commute tradeoffs and other issues related to transportation and land use.  The public opinion poll is part of an extensive public outreach campaign by MTC to enable Bay Area residents to shape development of their Transportation 2030 Plan, a comprehensive roadmap to guide the development of mass transit, highway, airport, seaport, bicycle and pedestrian facilities over 25 years.  Read more here

Cost of Rescinding Vehicle License Fee Increase:

A major Wall Street credit rating agency, Moody’s, downgraded California 's debt rating on Tuesday, December 9th, 2003 to its lowest level in history, citing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's rollback of the vehicle license fee as a primary cause of its increasing pessimism about the state's finances.  Though the new governor's move was politically popular, it took away $4 billion in annual state tax revenue. Moody's estimates that the rollback will cost the state's general fund $7.5 billion through June 2005. (SF Chron 12/03)  Learn more here.

Blueprint Project Receives State’s Highest Environmental Honor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday, December 1st, presented the Sacramento Region Blueprint: Transportation/Land Use Study with a 2003 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, the State of California’s ‘highest environmental and economic honor.’ The ‘Blueprint Project’ was recognized for its innovative approach to examining land use patterns in the Sacramento region using state-of-the-art modeling tools to estimate transportation, air quality, economic and other effects of current land use patterns, and develop alternatives to those patterns for future growth. More info...

Regional Planning Process Draws Big Crowd

For months, the Sacramento region's transportation planning agency has been packing the house for discussions about future development patterns.  Research conducted by SACOG shows that if current building practices continue, this region will consume 400,000 additional acres in the next half-century -- nearly doubling the size of the urban area.  The planning agency is trying to devise an alternative scenario that would accommodate the 840,000 new housing units needed in a more compact manner. (Sac Bee 12/03) More info...

Greenbelt Alliance Election Success

Three ballot measures endorsed by Greenbelt Alliance cruised to victory on November 4. These measures protect nearly 75,000 acres of open space and agricultural land and promote smart infill development within urban growth boundaries. Read more about these measures here.

California Ballot Results -Transportation

The results of transportation ballot measures statewide show that there is a demand for transportation alternatives. The purpose of this website is to provide research materials, strategies and other forms of support on the benefits of public transportation.  In this website link, you will find information on transportation measures at the ballot box, keys to running a successful campaign and a database of specific transit initiatives arranged by year.

Federal Government Challenges Air Quality Management Division’s  (AQMD) Clean Fleet Rules

The federal government has joined a lawsuit in U.S. Supreme Court that seeks to overturn the South Coast AQMD Southland’s “clean fleet rules,” one of the region’s most important and innovative tools for reducing smog-forming and toxic air pollution. (8/29/03)  Read more here

Public support for wider highway falters in Santa Cruz

When residents were asked if they would support a sales-tax measure that paid only for Highway 1 widening, only 55 percent said yes, and a two-thirds majority is required for a tax measure to pass.  It’s clear it will be necessary to include more than the Highway 1 widening in the measure, and offer other road improvements or transportation projects as incentives to pass the measure. (Santa Cruz Sentinel 12/03)  Read more.

MTA, ATU Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

MTA and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents 2,800 active and retired mechanics announced today, November 17th, that they reached a tentative contract agreement, ending a strike that began Oct. 14. These 35 days have been extremely difficult for the people they serve, as well as for the employees.  Read rest of story here.

Governor Davis Announces Initiative to allow ‘Hybrid’ Vehicles in Carpool

On October 10th, Governor Davis announced that in order to improve the state’s air quality, “hybrid” vehicles should be allowed on California ’s more than 1,100 miles of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes.  The Governor also announced he will sign two bills that encourage the use of fuel-efficient tires and will bring more fuel efficient vehicles into the State's auto fleet.  Under the new law, California will have the toughest fuel-efficiency standards in the nation for vehicle fleets. The new standards will encourage the purchase and lease of fuel-efficient vehicles while trimming the purchase or lease of gas-guzzlers.  Read press release here.

Back-Seat driver: 'Smart Commute' mortgage may be risky for some

Sacramentans who purchase homes within a half-mile of a light rail station or a quarter-mile of a bus stop now are eligible for a boost in the size of the mortgage they can afford.  A national program called "Smart Commute," introduced in Sacramento on Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., allows home buyers to qualify for mortgages about $14,000 greater than their income otherwise would support.  It is sponsored by Fannie Mae, a private mortgage agency commissioned by the federal government to increase homeownership nationwide.  Sacramento Regional Transit and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency have signed on as co-sponsors. (Sac Bee 12/03) Read article here.

Facts About the Location Efficient Mortgage vs. the Smart Commute Program:

The LEM Partnership agrees with the Sacramento Bee article's main thesis on the Smart Commute Program, but would like to point out that the article misstated that Smart Commute was "formerly known as Location Efficient Mortgage."  In fact these are distinct and competing programs.

 

To clarify the differences, the LEM provides borrowers with a larger loan (or a lower interest rate) by allowing them to take credit for measured savings in transportation needs and their associated costs. It allows a consumer who lives in an efficient location and who saves, say, $300 a month on transportation expenses to qualify for a loan $300 a month larger than they would if their house was located in an inefficient location.  The dollar savings estimates are tailored for each borrower based on the results of extensive studies that link lower car ownership and less mileage driven to compact neighborhoods with good transit. They are simply verified using a web-based system that asks for the property address and the borrowers income and family size.

 

In contrast, the Smart Commute mortgage is based on unsupported assumptions about the effectiveness of transit in reducing driving costs, assumptions that are incorrect for many borrowers. It ignores the largest factor in reduced driving--compact development, and makes non distinction between living near one bus line that runs relatively infrequently and living near many transit options. And it ignores the effects of income and family size, which are at least equally important as transit access. As a result, the Smart Commute mortgage gives too much credit to some families, possibly leading to defaults, and too little to others, undercutting its effectiveness. No information is provided about how a borrower would demonstrate that they qualify for it.

– The LEM Partnership: David Goldstein, NRDC, John Holtzclaw, Sierra Club, Ernestine Jackson, Location Efficiency Institute, Trinh Nguyen, STPP.  Please contact Trinh Nguyen, STPP at tnguyen@transact.org for more information.

 

Valley seeks 'extreme' air polluter designation
Area would join only L.A.
as worst offender of smog rules.

San Joaquin Valley air authorities made the historic request to join Los Angeles as the country's worst offenders of federal smog rules.  No region ever has asked to be downgraded into the so-called "extreme" polluter category, which has been occupied only by Los Angeles for 13 years.  Health advocates said the decision leaned too far toward business, calling it "another delay" in getting healthy air, and this downgrade will have severe impacts on business and economic development.  Read an article from the Fresno Bee here.

 

Air District May Impose Heavy Fees: Money would be used to battle smog caused by regional sprawl in the San Joaquin Valley

The San Joaquin Valley, now the smog capital of the nation, is daring to do something that no other major region in California has done: impose hefty fees on new houses, strip malls and distribution centers to offset their effects on the air.  The potential revenue — hundreds of millions of dollars each year — could fund cleaner-running buses and farm irrigation pumps; street sweepers powered by natural gas; and biomass plants that recycle waste.  The so-called indirect source fee, incorporated in the state's health and safety code, is based on the idea that houses, strip malls and distribution centers become indirect polluters once construction is finished. Those developments — often built on the fringe of town — increase commuter trips and diesel truck traffic, and encourage people to use drive-through lanes at fast-food restaurants.  Read an article published in the Los Angeles Times about this innovative proposal. 

 

2003 Central Valley Survey by the Public Policy Institute of California finds that in 2025, the top concern for Valley residents is growth.  Number 2 concern is air pollution.  Read more results here.

Neal Peirce Looks at the Price of Wal-Mart's Bargains

"Civil society needs to balance capitalism if it is to work for the entire population." If not, "tooth-and-claw competition will lead to the sunset of the middle class in America," writes Peirce.

Nationally syndicated commentator Neal Peirce has now weighed in with a piece that reviews the recent discourse and ends up on the side of critics. Wal-Mart, he says, epitomizes the opposite type of corporation from those 20th Century firms that helped build the foundation for the middle class and the U.S. economy, such as Ford and General Motors. Read Peirce's column here.

Also, read the recently published LA Times’ Series on the Wal-mart Effect and related articles here.

Is Green Building a Good Fit in Urban Neighborhoods?
"The terms "green building," "sustainable design" and "environmental responsibility" conjure images that may not call to mind an urban setting. But are ideas of green building relevant in urban environments?

With institutional use of sustain
able building techniques becoming the standard at LAUSD, the L.A. Community College District, Caltrans, the UC system, the City of L.A. and private entities such as Toyota , the Natural Resources Defense Council, Tree People and the Audubon Society, "green building" is exploding in Southern California .

A piece in the Philadelphia Citypaper suggests there is good reason for all of us to learn more about this burgeoning trend. Read more.


Breaking Down Barriers to Infill Development  

Smart growth advocates consistently hear from builders that infill development is unprofitable and a high litigation risk.  Builders often cite CEQA, a state-mandated environmental impact analysis, as the top barrier to infill development and smart growth.  Environmental groups typically defend CEQA, claiming that it is not a barrier to infill housing since there's only one lawsuit per 350 CEQA reviews.  Infill builders counter that 10% of housing projects are held up by CEQA challenges, and the mere threat of CEQA challenges keeps many developers from even thinking about such projects.  Builders state that they do not consider infill projects in the first place because these projects may be particularly susceptible to costly CEQA challenges.  Neighbors who might favor infill projects in theory, but not when it’s in their neighborhood, often use CEQA laws to stop or delay new developments. 

There are also the concerns of parents who cite the poor quality of urban schools as a reason why many families take to the suburbs.  The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) has been working with partners statewide on a legislative reform package to address school siting issues and to improve the quality of urban schools.  STPP has been working with partners like MALDEF, California Futures Network, and developers engaged in the emerging Infill Builders Network to develop state policy reforms that remove many barriers to infill development.  With infill builders and industry placing CEQA on their “wish list” of reforms to the Governor, 2004 may be a year where we see some movement on CEQA reform, particularly in the area of infill development .

The Sacramento Bee Editorial Board recently outlined a list of ideas for policy reform for 2004, including streamlining CEQA requirements for infill development.  “CEQA has become not a protector of the environment, but a promoter of sprawl, pushing the housing market away from existing neighborhoods and onto farmland, where the cows don't sue.”  Read the full article here.

New book from ReconnectingAmerica.org

Hank Dittmar and Gloria Ohland from ReconnectingAmerica.org have recently written a book called The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development (Island Press). It is an edited volume that brings together experts in planning, transportation and sustainable design to examine the first generation of TOD projects and derive lessons for the next generation. Topics include a taxonomy of projects appropriate for different contexts; the planning and regulatory framework of "successful" projects; financing strategies; traffic and parking for TOD; and performance measures to help evaluate outcomes. There are case studies of Arlington County, Virginia, Dallas, Atlanta, San Jose and San Diego. More info.


CONFERENCE 1/22-1/24:

3rd Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities. More info.

SUMMIT 2/12:
CalRAC Sets Second Annual L.A. County Infrastructure Report Card Summit. More info.

DIALOGUE SERIES 2/20:
Latino New Urbanism's 2004 Dialogue Series begins with a session on “Transportation and Urban Design: Solutions for Greater Mobility” More info.

 

CONFERENCE 2/25-2/27: “Clean Heavy-Duty Vehicles: The Path Forward: Technologies & Solutions for Changing Times” More info. 

CONFERENCE 3/18:
California Budget Project Annual Conference: "Protecting Priorities in Uncertain Times" More info.

FORUM 5/6-5/7:
Forum on Conservation Design and Sustainable Development. More info.

CONFERENCE 5/24-5/25: Housing California Conference. More info.

CONFERENCE 5/25-5/26:

California Transit Association Spring Legislative Conference
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza
300 J Street, Sacramento 95814. More info.

CONFERENCE 6/15-6/18: EPA's 2004 Community Involvement Conference. More info.

CONFERENCE 11/2-11/5:

California Transit Association Annual Fall Conference
Sheraton Universal Hotel
333 University Hollywood Drive, Universal City 91608. More info.


GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED 2004-05 STATE BUDGET - TRANSPORTATION IMPACT 

GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S CABINET APPOINTMENTS

STPP'S STATEWIDE LEGISLATION

STPP STAFFING CHANGES

PLUS: MTC conducts public opinion poll; Governor rolls back vehicle license fee; Sacramento Blueprint Project receives award and draws big crowd; California ballot results; Calendar of upcoming events and more...

GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED 2004-05 STATE BUDGET - TRANSPORTATION IMPACT

The governor's proposed 2004-05 budget, delivered Friday, contains significant cutbacks to an already hurting state transportation infrastructure.  The budget proposal reiterates the Governor’s proposed mid-year budget cuts for 2003-04, and proposes additional cuts for 2004-05.  The new transportation cuts total $1.2 billion, with significant reductions in public transit funding.  Sustaining the biggest hit is Proposition 42, approved by 69% of California voters on the March 2002 ballot.  The initiative dedicated funds from the sales tax on gasoline, approximately $1 billion annually, to be used to improve California’s highways, local roads and mass transit. That puts in limbo 141 projects statewide, including a regional bus system for the Bay Area, low-emission buses in Los Angeles, and clean air programs throughout the Central Valley.  This will be the second time in as many years that this revenue stream will not go to the projects for which it was intended, unless the Legislature rejects the Governor’s proposal.  

Detailed below are the Governor’s proposals:

  • The Governor proposes to suspend the $1.1 billion Proposition 42 transfer from the General Fund to the state Traffic Congestion Relief Program (TCRP). Administration officials confirmed they are eliminating the state TCRP Program, which was initiated by former Gov. Gray Davis three years ago when the state had a budget surplus. 

  • The Governor’s budget asks the Legislature to vote to postpone indefinitely a $10 billion bond measure to build a high-speed rail line -- also known as a bullet train -- between Los Angeles and San Francisco . That line was planned to connect eventually to Sacramento and San Diego .  The bond measure would have included approximately $1 billion for local transit service.

  • The proposed budget diverts $138 million from the Public Transportation Account, which provides vital operating and capital funding to local transit agencies.

  • The Governor’s proposed 2004-05 State Transit Assistance program is $101,424,000.  This is a $3.182 million decrease from the current year’s program, which will impact bus services around the state.

  • The CALTRANS Environmental Justice and Community Based Transportation Planning grant programs were allocated $1.5 million each, which mirrors the 50% cut in these programs sustained in 2003-04.

  • The Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program sustained a $5 million mid-year cut, which completely eliminated the programThis money is proposed to be restored at $10 million for 2004-05, but proposes no new money, it only uses money that is in the account from past transfers.

  • Although there is no specific appropriation, the Safe Routes to School program will be cut $5 million with an allocation of approximately $15 million coming from federal funding.

  • The Bicycle Transportation Account’s funding is proposed at $7,190,000, with no proposed mid-year cuts.

California ’s infrastructure gap is well documented.  A recent study by the state determined that even before the budget crisis, California had fallen $100 billion behind in infrastructure – transportation needs along are estimated at almost $30 billion.  The underinvestment is taking a serious toll on the quality of life in California ’s communities.

For example, California has the worst traffic congestion in the nation.  Vehicle travel in California has increased almost 200 percent during the past three decades.  Without additional public investment in transportation, Californians will face challenges in accessing jobs, schools, public services, and recreational opportunities. 

The Governor’s proposal threatens California ’s competitive advantage, and will put off significant road building and repair projects as well as critical alternative transportation projects.  

GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S CABINET APPOINTMENTS

STPP applauds the appointment of several senior officials on Governor Schwarzenegger’s administration, including Sunne Wright McPeak, former head of the Bay Area Council, a group of large employers heavily involved in regional planning efforts, as head of the Business, Transportation and Housing agency and Terry Tamminen, former head of the BayKeeper and Environment Now organizations in Southern California, Kim Belshé formerly a program officer at the Irvine Foundation as Health and Human Services Secretary and Richard Riordan as Secretary of Education. 

The appointments are excellent for the kinds of issues STPP cares about.  It appears that the Governor and his staff are going to think about how California should and shouldn’t grow in the future. 

Sunne Wright McPeak was chosen by Governor Schwarzenegger as his Business, Transportation and Housing secretary.  McPeak spent the last six years as president and CEO of the Bay Area Council. During her tenure, McPeak established and led major regional initiatives that involved transportation, housing, sustainable economic development, water policy, communications infrastructure, education and workforce preparation.  Read press release here.

Governor Schwarzenegger named Terry Tamminen as secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, James Branham, EPA undersecretary and Maureen Gorsen, deputy secretary, law enforcement and counsel.  Tamminen has close to 30 years experience in environmental issues and most recently served as the executive director of the Environment Now Foundation in Santa Monica, a private foundation dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the environment of California. Read Governor’s press release here.

S. Kimberly Belshé was selected as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Health and Human Services secretary.  Belshé has more than a decade of experience in the healthcare and related policy fields. Most recently, she served as the program director for The James Irvine Foundation, a multi-purpose organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for the people of California to participate in a successful and inclusive society.  Read Governor’s press release here.

Richard Riordan will be the Governor’s Secretary for Education.  Riordan was elected Mayor of Los Angeles in 1993 and reelected in 1997. During his tenure as mayor, he worked successfully with community and business leaders to revitalize the city of Los Angeles, which was hit hard by the recession of the early 1990s.  In addition, Riordan established the "Recreational Reading Mini-Grant Program" for school children with limited access to books, which has donated $1.7 million since 1993 to more than 30,000 children in grade K-5. Read press release here.


STPP'S STATEWIDE LEGISLATION

STATE LEGISLATIVE NEWS

While the state’s budget crisis is on everyone’s mind, 2004 will be a tough year for legislation on all accounts.  The work on key transportation bills aimed at tackling the fiscal crisis, introduced last year, is continuing this year with the constitutional amendment package ACA 14 (Steinberg) and SCA 11 (Alarcon).  A handful of new transportation bills to improve the mobility of children and underserved communities have also been introduced this year.  Since the Safe Routes to School Program will sunset on January 1, 2005, two legislators have introduced separate bills to extend Safe Routes to School legislation, SB 1087 (Soto) and AB 775 (Parra). 

SB 1087 (Soto) would dedicate $20-25 million a year for six categories of projects:  sidewalk improvements; traffic calming and speed reduction; pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements; on-street bicycle facilities; and, traffic diversion improvements.  SB 1087 won’t be considered in the Legislature until Spring.  [link to sample support letter and fact sheet]

AB 775 (Parra) is companion legislation to AB 1087, and would also continue the Safe Routes to School program.  AB 775 has passed the Assembly Appropriations and will be on the Assembly floor next week.  [link to sample support letter and fact sheet]  

A recent report released by the Surface Transportation Policy Project, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition and the Latino Issues Forum has outlined the enormous dependency that children have on travel via cars to school because of several factors, including unsafe walking and biking routes to school. Thirty years ago, the sight of children walking and biking was common – 66 percent of all children did so. Now, however, 87 percent of all trips to and from school are by car or bus. The report also outlines the alarming child obesity and asthma rates as result of children riding in cars, not biking or walking to school and not participating in recreational activities.  A copy of the report can be downloaded at http://www.transact.org/report.asp.

The demand for Safe Routes to School is still as pressing as ever, as congestion mounts at schools.  The state has funded 273 programs throughout the state up to date. Safe Routes to School has been highly competitive with an average of 500 applications per round and over 2,000 total application submitted since its inception.  However, this is not indicative of real statewide demand especially in areas that may not be aware of this funding option or organized to take advantage of it. Funding for projects in low-income and communities of color need to increase, as these communities are more likely to have children that have to walk or bike to school.  STPP is working on providing an analysis of the social equity impacts of the program including recommendations on assistance with social equity communities on the application process.  An overall analysis on the effectiveness of the Safe Routes to school program by UC Irvine should be available to the public soon.  

Update: Caltrans Environmental Justice and Community Based Transportation Planning Grants

Building on the momentum of the campaign last year which garnered support from over 250 groups statewide to restore the Community Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) Grants and the Environmental Justice Planning Grants, AB 392 (Montanez) will legislatively mandate that the EJ and CBTP grants become permanent programs at Caltrans.  This proposed legislation would permanently mandate $3 million per year to each of the two grant programs to fund community involvement in the transportation planning process.  The grants have already helped generate unprecedented outreach and involvement of low-income and minority communities in transportation planning throughout California. Without such assistance, transportation projects will continue to be developed without adequate input from underserved communities. AB 392 passed the Assembly Appropriations and is moving to the Assembly floor for a vote next week.  [link to sample support letter and fact sheet]

Investing in a Sustainable Future

A constitutional amendment package of bills continued from last year developed to address growing local infrastructure needs and enhance community livability, Assembly Constitutional Amendment 14 (Steinberg) and Senate Constitutional Amendment 11 (Alarcón) would authorize local or regional governments to pass local bonds and sales taxes to simultaneously fund a broader package of transportation, affordable housing, parks and green space projects.  Voters would decide whether they want to lower the voter approval threshold from two-thirds to 55 percent for local special tax and bond proposals for infrastructure investments, but only if those proposals contain a balanced mix of investments for affordable housing, transportation improvements, neighborhood parks, and other infrastructure.  A joint report by PolicyLink and STPP analyzing the benefits of the legislation and the challenges of local infrastructure financing can be downloaded at http://www.transact.org.  ACA 14 will be voted on the Assembly Floor before the September 2004 deadline and SCA 11 is waiting passage out of Constitutional Amendments in February 2004. 

[link to ACA 14 fact sheet and sample letter of support, SCA 11 fact sheet and sample letter of support]

OTHER LEGISLATION TO MONITOR…

AB 672 (Montanez) - Allows for larger downpayment assistance loans for low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers whose prospective property is located within 1/3 mile of a public transit stop with frequent service.  This important legislation will encourage homebuyers to live in areas that are served by public transit by allowing them access to a downpayment assistance loan (offered under the California Homebuyer’s Downpayment Assistance Program) of up to 5% of the home sales price. 

AB 389 (Montanez) - Will require the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) to maintain a database and inventory to capture information on brownfields, including the number of brownfields and their potential for reuse. AB 389 will also codify and streamline the Prospective Purchaser Agreement policy (PPA) honored by Cal/EPA’s entities into state statue.  This bill is intended to help mitigate the environmental hazards in communities and allow for development of brownfields in California . This bill requires the agencies under Cal/EPA to maintain a database and inventory to acquire information on brownfields, as well as instruct these agencies to enter into an agreement with a bona fide prospective purchaser if it will result in substantial benefits for California and its communities.


STPP STAFFING CHANGES

Many of you may have seen the letter that James Corless sent out, informing friends and colleagues of his departure from STPP.  We wish him all the best at his new role as Senior Planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.  It will be hard to find someone who can fill his footsteps!  For those who have not seen his departure letter, we have included it below.

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

After eight years with the Surface Transportation Policy Project, I have decided to move on.  Earlier this month I accepted a position with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the transportation planning and financing agency for the nine county San Francisco Bay Area.  Starting December 8th, I'll be working on MTC's smart growth and livable community efforts -- an incredibly exciting new opportunity to practice what we've been preaching for so many years!

In the meantime, STPP is seeking both a new California Director as well as a new National Field Director.  Both job announcements are posted on our national web site at www.transact.org. STPP's California staff will be busier than ever over the coming months as we look toward reauthorizing the California Safe Routes to School bill in 2004, working with the new administration on transportation reform and smart growth issues, and continuing to build coalitions around children's transportation issues, transportation incentives, local infrastructure financing and pedestrian safety as we've done in the past.  Please visit our California web site (www.transact.org/ca/) for information on these initiatives and much more.

In the interim, STPP's California work is proceeding under guidance from the staff in our Sacramento office. Please feel free to contact our California staff at the e-mails and phone numbers listed below.  Kristi Kimball, our California Deputy Director, is on extended medical leave while she undergoes physical therapy for repetitive stress injury to her wrists. The good news is that she is feeling better, and we all are wishing her a speedy and full recovery.

It's been fantastic getting to know and work with so many of you during my time at STPP. I look forward to continuing to work with many of you in my new capacity at MTC.  Please stay in touch!

James

New contact information starting December 8, 2003 :  

James Corless

Senior Transportation Planner

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

101 Eighth Street

Oakland, CA 94617

Phone:  (510) 464-7700

Fax: (510) 464-7848

e-mail: jcorless@mtc.ca.gov

 

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STPP CONTACT INFO

 

Trinh Nguyen , California Field Director

tnguyen@transact.org or 916-447-8880

For issues related to: California media inquiries, local California field questions, pedestrian safety, transportation incentives, social equity

Charles Mason, California Policy Director

cmason@transact.org or 916-447-8565

For issues related to: state and federal legislation, infrastructure financing, children's transportation issues

STPP's Washington DC office

202-466-2636

For issues related to: national media inquiries, TEA-21 renewal, local transportation reform efforts in other states, etc.


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The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a national coalition of over 200 organizations working for transportation policies and investments that protect neighborhoods, increase access to goods and services, promote social equity, preserve the environment, strengthen the economy, and improve quality of life.