- Ensure robust transportation funding that meets the needs of
our growing Sacramento region by pursuing new and reformed
transportation funding methods and sources to implement the
Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy
(MTP/SCS) and invest in and protect the transportation
infrastructure needed to implement the region’s economic
- Ensure federal and state funding sources are stable,
predictable, flexible, and adequate to operate, maintain,
rehabilitate, and expand the transportationsystem when there
is an established need. Prioritize investment to maintain the
transportation system, and reduce backlogs in system
maintenance where they exist. Seek greater flexibility from
state and federal sources to support ongoing maintenance
- Provide new and more flexible state and federal funding
to enable testing and implementation of innovative mobility
solutions that are affordable, accessible, and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions.
- Support efforts to study and advocate for a sustainable
replacement to the fuel tax, collaborating with the state,
federal agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, and
- Support funding necessary for local and regional planning
to ensure responsible agencies receive sufficient funding to
fulfill their planning and programming obligations and ensure
regional planning agencies maintain and enhance their funding
- Invest in regional planning capacity at all levels,
ensure rural regions have a strong voice in the regional
planning process, and strongly encourage local urban-rural
coordination initiatives. Broaden eligibility of federal
transportation funding programs to include funding broadband
projects and high-speed communications networks in rural
- All new revenues should keep pace with inflation.
- Support increased and more flexible funding and policies that
support public transit, including passenger rail, to address the
Sacramento region’s transportation needs.
- Support the streamlining and expansion of innovative
financing and project delivery tools to facilitate creative
solutions for financing projects and project delivery, including
efforts to reduce state and federal silos and reduce existing
- Promote the Sacramento region as a test bed for new
technologies and innovation.
- Support pilot projects aimed at making microtransit and
micromobility work for urban, suburban, rural, and low-income
areas of the Sacramento region.
- Support and lead efforts to test and pilot roadway
pricing mechanisms, such as facility-based tolling and
mileage-based fees, in partnership with state, federal, and
local agencies and private sector organizations, and, where
appropriate, seek flexibility to use revenues for
reinvestment in transit service in the same corridors.
- Support innovative education and transportation demand
management strategies and programs covering all parts of the
Sacramento region, to offer a variety of alternatives to
- Support the testing and deployment in our region of
connected and autonomous vehicles. This includes providing
additional funding opportunities and more state and federal
- Support policies and funding that encourage combining
innovation and technology and partnership with the private
sector to find new and more efficient solutions to
- Support data-driven decision-making and performance measures.
- Support the inclusion of data-driven decision-making and
performance measurement as part of the federal transportation
formula programs, with the goal of performance-based funding.
- Support the simplifying and streamlining of the
transportation planning process to be quicker, more
efficient, more meaningful, and data-driven.
- Strengthen regional access to data and support strong
data-sharing requirements to improve the quality and quantity
of data collected to reduce dollars wasted, including
measures that provide for sharing of anonymized data from
ridesharing services, connected and autonomous vehicles,
shared mobility, and other sources that will allow for more
informed planning and decision-making.
- Support new funding and planning opportunities to support
electric vehicle infrastructure and programs for both private
vehicles and public transit fleets ensuring equity and alignment
with the MTP/SCS.
- Support policies that will empower and reward transportation
agencies for operating, investing in, and managing the
transportation system to more efficiently move people and goods
safely with lower environmental, health and climate impacts.
Sustainable Development, Infrastructure, and Governance
- Secure funding and implementation for programs that encourage
infill development and revitalization of commercial corridors.
- Ensure policies and funding to maximize the Sacramento
region’s ability to implement its sustainable communities
strategy and other strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)
emissions and ensure climate resiliency, including supporting
incentives, information, tools, programs, and technical
- Support new tools and funding to grow regional jobs and
housing, including infrastructure improvements needed to enable
new housing and employment opportunities in existing urban,
suburban, and rural communities. Reduce regulatory barriers to
housing development projects.
- Ensure equitable access to transportation, jobs, and housing
and supporting infrastructure.
- Support broadening transportation funding eligibility
requirements to enable their use as a subsidy for low-income
transportation system users, while ensuring discount fares
aimed at boosting ridership and improving social equity do
not result in reduced state funding.
- Support efforts to expand access to broadband for
low-income households and underserved areas.
- Ensure that legislation aimed at benefiting disadvantaged
communities uses a definition that includes low-income
communities and does not rely exclusively on the state’s
- Seek flexibility in state and federal funding and
policies to allow for greater and more meaningful public
outreach and engagement.
- Support additional financing options and other tools for
local and regional community revitalization and economic
development. Encourage multijurisdictional coordination without
restrictions or other conditions on tax-increment benefits.
Reduce regulatory barriers to community revitalization projects.
- Support incentives for jurisdictions that provide
opportunities for more housing, including affordable and
transit-oriented developments (TODs), and encourage the siting of
these developments in infill areas near transportation resources.
- Ensure policies related to high frequency transit are
inclusive of the diverse and unique characteristics of the
Sacramento Region’s urban, suburban, and rural areas.
- Support affordable housing, including new funding and more
flexibly for addressing affordable housing needs. Ensure local
flexibility to provide affordable housing that is appropriate for
local communities and remove disincentives and regulatory
obstacles to providing affordable housing.
- Seek greater access to state cap-and-trade funding for the
- Support proposals that maximize investment revenues to
implement, and in a manner consistent with, sustainable
communities strategies and give regions a greater voice in
determining how funds are awarded.
- Ensure state investments favor integrated transportation
and land use strategies.
- Support grant criteria that recognize the unique public
nature of transportation programming and infrastructure
- Encourage innovative projects and support grant criteria
that allow time for transportation projects to be programmed
and that support new housing in general instead of focusing
on project readiness and specific projects.
- Support funding for the development of modeling and
measurement tools to improve performance measures to better
evaluate and predict GHG reductions.
- Support efforts to revisit the definition of
Disadvantaged Communities to ensure more disadvantaged
communities are given the opportunity to compete for funds.
- Support funding for local and regional agricultural
infrastructure, including transportation, broadband, and other
critical infrastructure important to the economics of agriculture
and improving food access.
- Support additional resources and tools for local governments
to preserve farmland and open space through public or private
- Support efforts to prevent catastrophic fire and to sustain
the health, diversity, and productivity of private and public
- Support policies to minimize flood risk with wise use of
floodplains and sensitivity to unique land uses and resource
impacts on property owners in designated floodplains.
- Support policies to update the Ralph M. Brown Act and
incorporate the increased flexibility provided during the
COVID-19 pandemic while ensuring public transparency and access
Mega Region Legislative Platform
- Shape any legislation that updates SB 375 (Steinberg, 2008)
in order to strengthen regional planning, including:
- Seeking opportunities to achieve alignment of the
timelines for the development of the Regional Transportation
Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) to ensure
coordination on forecasting assumptions, strategies, and
investments to improve the movement of people and goods
throughout the Mega Region.
- Supporting legislation to increase the availability of
funding at the regional level to help implement SCSs, as well
as policy tools to reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel,
reduce burdensome housing plus transportation costs to
households, and reduce the amount of time and distance people
must travel for daily needs, in a manner that ensures
equitable policy outcomes. This includes increased
availability of funding and financing tools for all
infrastructure that supports infill development.
- Support policy changes that move away from a focus on
emission models and towards a focus on near term, ambitious
but achievable actions that will reduce GHGs in partnership,
rather than competition, with the state.
- Support new funding to help pay for affordable housing and
support legislation that facilitates the construction of more
housing in low-VMT locations and/or high opportunity areas to
meet the needs of each of our regions’ respective current and
future work force at all income levels. Support new investments
that support job development in the jobs-poor/housing-rich parts
of the megaregion
- Support policies, programs and investments aimed at making it
more attractive for our residents to travel between our regions
by passenger rail and public transit.
- Seek planning and infrastructure funding for the Mega Region
and its local jurisdictions to better plan for and prepare for
the effects of climate change, including extreme heat, sea level
rise, flooding, and fire. Advocate for planning and funding to be
prioritized for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations.
- Support strategic investments to improve goods movement for
the agricultural supply chain and manufacturing logistics between
the counties in the megaregion.
- Support additional funding opportunities for multimodal
transportation investments in corridors which serve as gateways
- Support funding to achieve higher levels of operational
efficiency and optimization of 5G networks. Infusion of funding
for high speed bandwidth offers supercharge connections and data
download speeds. It will help implement VMT reduction strategies
focused on teleworking and strong, rapid connectivity for AV cars
and AV freight. It will also make it more feasible for employers
to support long- term teleworking of employees that would
otherwise travel inter-regionally for work.
- Support new funding and planning opportunities for electric
vehicle infrastructure and programs for both private vehicles and
public transit fleets to ensure electric vehicle coordination
within the Mega Region. Programs should focus on increasing
mobility and minimizing transportation costs for the lowest