Our goal: Make walking, biking, taking transit and carpooling the default options for getting around
SPUR’s Five-Year Priorities:
• Improve the region’s transit network, and the institutions that run it, so that all people have fast, reliable access to their city and region.
• Make it faster, easier, more dignified and less expensive to get around without a car.
• Leverage transportation investments to build great neighborhoods and connect people to opportunity.
Updates and Events
How Updating CEQA Can Keep Sustainable Transportation Projects on Track: Q&A with Laura TolkoffNews /
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is intended to protect people and places from the environmental impacts of new development and infrastructure. But it has not been designed to protect against a rapidly warming climate, and ironically, it has sometimes been used to block projects aimed at doing so. SPUR Transportation Policy Director Laura Tolkoff recently testified before a state committee on possible reforms to the law.
How California Can Help Transit Survive — and ThriveNews /
Public transit is an essential service for millions of Californians, yet as one-time federal COVID-19 relief funds dry up, many transit agencies are facing a fiscal crisis. The state’s largest and most fare-dependent operators could see severe service cuts and a spiraling decline. SPUR is leading a coalition urging the state to provide necessary funding to keep buses and trains running as agencies work to transition to a sustainable business model.
SPUR supports AB 761 (Friedman) to help address a crisis in transit's business modelAdvocacy Letter
SPUR strongly supports support AB 761, a bill to establish a statewide Transit Transformation Task Force. SPUR views AB 761 as the necessary complement to the request for multiyear operating fund on a limited-term basis to avert a fiscal cliff and regrow ridership.
SPUR calls on state budget leaders to help avoid a transit fiscal cliffAdvocacy Letter
SPUR calls on State Budget Leaders to help the state's public transit systems and avoid looming cuts to critical transit service that millions of Californians rely upon and that is foundational to our state's climate strategy. In addition, we urge the state to restore at-risk commitments to clean transportation from the FY22-23 budget.
Housing Advocates to State: Transit-Oriented Communities Don't Work Without TransitAdvocacy Letter
SPUR and other housing advocates request the state take action to protect public transit, which provides an essential mobility option for residents of infill housing developments across California. Left unaddressed, transit's fiscal cliff will harm the state's most vulnerable residents and undermine the production of infill housing.
SPUR Sponsors Bill to Increase Shared Parking (AB 894 - Friedman)Advocacy Letter
SPUR is sponsoring a bill to require that agencies allow land owners and managers to share underutilized parking and to count such shared parking toward meeting parking requirements. The bill would also require new developments and parking lots funded by public agencies to evaluate shared parking options. If passed, this bill will reduce a common circumstance of costly parking being required in situations where other parking is available nearby.