TELL GOVERNOR NEWSOM: No more delays on SB 743
SB 743 fixed a warped interpretation of California’s environmental laws that’s fueling our reliance on cars. Seven years after its passage, the law is finally scheduled to go into effect on July 1, but powerful interests want to delay implementation yet again. Tell Governor Newsom to resist pressure from Big Sprawl and Big Asphalt to reverse the progress we’ve made.
SB 743 changed the way California’s Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) measures the transportation impacts of development projects. For decades, this metric was based on the wrongheaded assumption that allowing more cars to go faster (known as “Level of Service” or LOS) was better for the environment. The idea that more + faster cars = better environment isn’t just absurd, it is racist and exclusionary to think only of drivers when thinking of transportation.
SB 743 (Steinberg, D - Sacramento) replaced the LOS metric with “Vehicle Miles Traveled” (VMT), which looks at how much additional driving a project will generate, and identifies more VMT as a negative environmental impact. Learn more about what SB 743 does and why it is so important on our blog.
Reducing VMT will ease traffic congestion, reduce pollution, make our roads safer for everyone, and improve alternatives to driving — including by making those alternatives faster, safer, and more affordable. Using LOS as a goal actually makes traffic worse and and our roads less safe — just look at where it’s gotten us.
We’ve waited too long for this law to go into effect. More delays will cause more traffic, more accidents and fatalities, more sprawl, and longer commutes. Join us in urging Governor Newsom to stay the course and finally fully implement SB 743.
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