2020 Strawman

Infrastructure Development with Emission Reductions

Start at the Sources: Greenhouse Gas Emissions & NOx emissions

Accelerated emission reductions from the transportation sector are the priority both to finish our clean air transformation and to abate climate change. We can do it with one measure! Fortune favors the bold! And, so do the voters.

Vision 2020 Draft Strawman Measure

The Vision 2020 Strawman proposes a measure be submitted for voter approval in the South Coast Air Quality Management District. It will require the legislature and the Governor to authorize it. This gives legislative leaders an important role in the measure’s formulation.

• Revenue could be derived from several sources. A mix of revenues may be necessary to ensure all beneficiaries of the investment program pay a fair share of the costs. For illustrative purposes, a quarter-cent sales tax in the South Coast district can raise about $700 million per year. Modest registration fees on trucks and cars or, alternatively, fees on other goods movement related activities or tolls on truck-only lanes can help raise another $700 million per year toward a $1.4 billion per year goal.

• The revenue from such a measure would grow with the population and economy, we believe ultimately raising about $35 B in 20 years or $65 billion over 30 years.

We Propose an Expenditure Plan that Could Include the Following Stipulations:

• Funds spent in each county in proportion to their population.

• 50% of the funds could be invested in accelerated deployment of zero and near-zero emission cars, light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks and off-road vehicles and equipment to achieve the 2016 AQMP clean air goals as well as major GHG emission reductions. Diesel vehicles should fade into history. Truck drivers themselves should never bear an unfair cost burden.

• 35% of funds invested to modernize, enhance efficiency, and reduce traffic congestion from our goods movement system. For example, investments could include truck-only lanes on select corridors, with preference for clean tucks, to enhance the efficiency of the goods movement system while reducing congestion on the region’s freeways. Investments should avoid displacement. The program should include funding to modernize and eliminate emissions from the region’s ports, regional airports, and rail yards, but in a fashion that does not eliminate jobs.

• 15% of funds invested in modernization of the regional Metrolink commuter rail system including service enhancements, system improvements like double tracking where needed to enhance safety and service, connections to Ontario Airport and electrification of one or more corridors to accommodate high-speed rail.

• Funds would flow directly to the agency responsible for each area to implement a program of their design reflected in the measure. Funds for accelerated deployment of zero and near-zero emission vehicles would be invested by SCAQMD; funds for Metrolink investments would be invested by SCRRA directly; funds for goods movement investments should be invested by county commissions or the ports where appropriate. Preferably, a regional goods movement authority should be created by the measure perhaps as proposed in SB 862 (Lowenthal) in 2011.

• Jobs: We believe the Vision 2020 measure would create tens of thousands of jobs in the design, construction, operation and management of a transportation system that will be widely acknowledged as second to none in the world, as well as jobs in an expanding emissions-free goods movement system.


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