In coming weeks, the State Legislature and the Administration (Caltrans, Business Transportation and Housing and the Governor’s office) will be considering proposals for how to spend $3.5 billion each year in federal transportation act funds from the law MAP-21, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st century. Let’s make sure that we truly do move ahead and don’t fall behind! We need the State of California to keep federal funds for Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements and Recreational Trails level from fiscal year 2012 allocations, $106 million/year. This is only 3% of the MAP-21 budget while walking and bicycling represent 15% of trips and 27% of fatalities in the state of California.
On August 16, we and our allies held a webinar on what Map-21 means for active transportation funding in California and what we can do to change things. A presentation by Deb Hubsmith can be found here.
CalTrans came out with a proposal for state transportation funding that is a response to Map-21. You can find information here, part 1, and part 2.
We may need further action as events transpire in Sacramento. We’ll keep you posted and please be prepared to act. Thanks again for your support!