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NEW REPORT DOCUMENTS GROWING RISK OF ISOLATION FOR OLDER AMERICANS 

More than half of all non-drivers aged 65 and over stay at home in a given day, often because they do not have transportation options.  This report ranks nine U.S. regions on the mobility of older non-drivers, and gives local data for selected states and metropolitan areas.  Click here to read the full report. 


ROOM FOR COST-SAVINGS, BETTER SERVICE, LOWER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS IN HIGH-SPEED RAIL PLAN

The Planning and Conservation League, the American Farmland Trust and Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento joined STPP in a press conference in the state Capitol Tuesday, March 23, 2004 to call for a study of potential cost savings on the proposed high-speed rail system, which would be the most expensive public works projects in U.S. history. Read the press release by clicking here.


THE CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION REPORT

Read the the latest issue of STPP's quarterly newsletter by clicking here.


STPP CALIFORNIA 2003 - 2004 INITIATIVES
STPP is launching four initiatives which promote incentives for improving patterns of growth; focus on the safety and mobility of children as they travel to school; and involve communities in critical transportation-related decisions, processes, and planning projects facing California neighborhoods.  STPP’s role is ideally to provide technical services and support, help communities compete for financial resources, and empower people to be leaders.  Read more here.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S NEW TRANSPORTATION CUTS TOTAL $1.2 BILLION.                                                         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. Click here to read the details.  
LACK OF TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS FOR STATE'S KIDS TAKING TOLL

A report released by STPP, Latino Issues Forum and the Transportation and Land Use Coalition finds that California's transportation system is failing children and youth across the state.  The report was released at press conferences held at schools in Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles. Click here to read the press release and download the report.


REPORT WARNS OF UNDERINVESTMENT IN EXISTING NEIGHBORHOODS                                    The "California dream" is at risk according to a report released by PolicyLink, a nonprofit research organization.  New investments must be made in parks, transportation alternatives, affordable housing and other neighborhood-based infrastructure if California is going to be able to accommodate population growth while maintain quality of life.  Click here to read more.

COALITION RALLIES TO SAVE COMMUNITY PLANNING FUNDS IN STATE BUDGET
A broad coalition of groups organized under the banner of the California Alliance for Transportation Choices has succeeded in restoring millions of community and environmental justice planning grants in the state budget. Click here to read more.


OLDER HEADLINES

lawmakers to decide on Prop 42

state moves on smart growth law

'SAFETEA' bill could be trouble for CA

smart growth vision for Coyote Valley

transit in trouble in state budget

LA approves five new BRT routes

 

Read the Sacramento Bee's series on sprawl in the state capitol

 

Read the Bakersfield Californian's series on sprawl in the Kern County.

 

 


MORE INFO

The Center for Civic Partnerships' winter newsletter Click here to download a copy. 

STPP Cal bill tracking in 2003

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Beyond Gridlock is STPP California's comprehensive report assessing transportation needs in the 21st century. 

 

STPP has two offices in California. Click here to see which one is nearest you. 

 

news

Safe Routes to School Bill (SB 1087) passed a Senate floor vote! Click here for details, or contact Charles Mason, Jr. at (916) 447-8565. 

Share affordable office space in San Francisco. Click here for details.

Nine sales taxes are on the ballot for renewal this November. Click here for the list.   

Read PolicyLink's recent analysis of ACA 14 and SCA 11, titled "Investing in a Sustainable Future" by clicking here.

Save the date!  The  Rail~Volution begins September 18th.  Click here for more details.  

The New Transit Town: Best Practices in Transit-Oriented Development, co-edited by Gloria Ohland and Hank Dittmar, is a new book that explores key challenges to TOD and documents lessons learned from the first generation of projects.  Click here for more information. 

A state law can make the creation of infill housing and transit-oriented development easier. Originating from an STPP sponsored bill, (SB 1636-Figueroa), this law removes a state regulation traditionally delaying infill housing and TOD.

STPP is working on initiatives that better link transportation and land use; programs that provide money and incentives for local governments to promote more infill housing are taking hold region by region.

How does your city rank? Read the STPP California report ranking the most dangerous cities and counties for pedestrians.  

STPP has teamed up with the Congress for the New Urbanism to publish a book on reclaiming main streets across California; learn more.

A funding guide for bicycle projects has been released by PCL and the California Bicycle Coalition (PDF document).

County sales tax measures are increasingly used to fund transportation projects in California. View the history of the votes.

 



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