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Small EV Vehicle in front of Row of SUVs

How the SAFE Rule Will Affect Transportation Infrastructure in California

Tanisha Taylor - Aug 12, 2019

Overview (and links to resources) that explains why transportation planning agencies are worried about the SAFE Rule to roll back fuel efficiency standards in California. 

Secretary David Kim discusses policies at Executive Directors meeting.

A "Memorable" First Meeting with the New CalSTA Secretary

Bill Higgins - Aug 01, 2019

An overview of the comments and discussion between newly appointed CalSTA Secretary at the executive directors group meeting.  

Woodlake\\\'s new transit center next to a park and pedestrian improvements

TCAG: Transportation Investments spur Downtown Turnaround in Woodlake

Bill Higgins - Apr 26, 2019

TCAG helps the City of Woodlake find funding for key transportation elements for a downtown enhancement plan.

9 Takeaways from the First Joint Meeting of the CTC & ARB

Bill Higgins - Jul 02, 2018

On June 27, the California Transportation Commission and the Air Resources Board met for its first joint meeting, which is now required twice a year.  Here, we share 9 observations about this new relationship

8 Things We Like About RCTC Support of SB 1

8 Takeaways from RCTC's Support of SB1

Bill Higgins - Feb 15, 2018

We draw 8 lessons from RCTC's statement of reasons for the support of Proposition 69 (to protect new transportation revenues from Legislative diversion ) and oppose the effort to repeal the authorization of those new revenues adopted last year under SB 1. 

APS v. SCS

APS v SCS in the World of SB 375

Bill Higgins - Feb 07, 2018

The Alternative Planning Strategy plays an important role under SB 375 and SB 32. This article explains why the "APS" was designed to be on equal terms with an Sustainable Communities Strategy for reasons of accessing incentives related to achieving the state's climate goals.  

Debbie Hale

TAMC Exec Does the Right Thing for SB 1

Bill Higgins - Apr 12, 2017

Writing to the local paper, TAMC Exec Debbie Hale does the right thing by publicly thanking her state Legislators for their histroric vote on SB 1.  

Oleander on Highway 99

Lost Oleander: Hwy. 99 Success Metric?

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

Where is all the Oleander?  Part of the answer is Proposition 1B that set aside $1 billion for Highway 99.  Overall, the program "over delivered" by completing 17 projects instead of 13.  That is more projects in less time and under budget.  That is a good story.

Vote Limit 55?

55% Threshold for Transportation Measures

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

In 2016, fourteen local transportation "special" sales tax measures went on county ballots that required a two-thirds majority to pass.  Thirteen of them received a super-majority approval rate of 55%.  But only six passed.