Smart Growth Isn't Smart Without Transit

California's SB 375 could have a big impact on the way the state grows, but without more funding for public transit, any gains would be offset by continued congestion and traffic problems.
September 5, 2008, 8am PDT | Nate Berg
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"There's no question SB 375, written by Sacramento's Darrell Steinberg, represents a big step towards ending California's obsession with sprawl. The bill would encourage the development of regional land use plans directing new development to urban centers and near public transit stations. Transportation funding and reduced environmental review would then be tied to projects adhering to those plans. The strategy could help bring the type of growth our state needs to get people out of their cars and significantly reduce our contribution to climate change."

"But for the strategy to work, a crucial element of the effort must be addressed head-on: ensuring adequate state funding for public transit. Without this funding, SB 375 could end up being known for creating a series of plans that work great in theory-but have little real impact."

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Published on Thursday, September 4, 2008 in Beyond Chron
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