When it comes to implementing policy to realize these targets, the federal government can look to California, a state that is already familiar with the complexities of implementing ambitious emissions reductions and clean vehicle targets.
International acclaim recently poured in when the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved the Advanced Clean Cars II rule (ACCII), a historic suite of regulations to address pollution from vehicles in California.
In April, conservationists and state officials alike celebrated the groundbreaking construction of a $90 million dollar wildlife bridge, the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing, in Los Angeles. The 210 foot long, 170 foot wide structure will span the 10-lane U.S. Highway 101 when completed, connecting two sections of the Santa Monica mountains – making it the largest bridge of its kind on Earth.
Transit ridership has dramatically declined during the pandemic, and efforts like fare-free service have been considered by many agencies as important to getting people back on the bus, light rail and train.
Two major Bay Area refineries, owned and operated by Phillips 66 and Marathon Petroleum, announced in 2020 that they were planning to convert from producing petroleum to biofuels – specifically, the renewable diesel (RD) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
The Justice Department has filed a legal complaint against Uber for violations of the American Disabilities Act. Disability activists claim that not only Uber, but various rideshare companies, often overcharge and offer little support to disabled riders.
The 2021 Legislative session produced several notable sustainable transportation bills, some signed and some vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. As the summer recedes into memory, it’s a good time to look at bills that came close to becoming law this year, and may return in 2022, perhaps in modified form.