AB 1919: Please call/write (or both!) Governor Newsom and ask him to sign the bill!

Dear Governor Newsom:

Please sign Assembly Bill 1919 (D-Holden) to make transit free for all students in California and help them succeed in school and in life, and to help us all reduce the number of cars on the road, clean the air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bill has passed through committees in both the Assembly and Senate with bipartisan support and only one no vote.

We have to find more ways to reverse the situation we are in with climate change looming, the air we all breathe getting dirtier and dirtier, the threat of wildfires, and this very serious drought. Zero-emission cars and trucks will help but it's not enough in the near term. We need more options!

The transit systems we have built in California have struggled during the pandemic and desperately need to increase ridership. And transit is key if we are to get serious about shifting away from single-occupancy vehicles in order to reduce traffic and make our streets safer for walking and biking. 

As a father of four you know how expensive it can be to raise children. A 2015 study by Harvard University found access to transportation is the single biggest factor in the odds of escaping poverty and avoiding homelessness, and well-designed student pass programs are a cost-effective solution.

These programs have been shown to significantly increase student ridership, reduce the cost of an education, and increase enrollment and student success while also reducing absenteeism. Consider the example of Jessica, who was spending $100/month and riding four buses a day to attend community college—with AB 1919 she wouldn’t need to continue spending that much money to ride. 

For low-income riders—especially students in the community college system—reducing the burden of transit passes could be a real game-changer: a study conducted by Rio Hondo College in Whittier found community college graduation rates are up to 27% higher for students who receive free transit passes.

Moreover, in addition to providing direct benefits to students—who won't need to pay for the cost of gas or maintaining and insuring a car—there are significant benefits to the community at large, to transit agencies, and to schools and colleges. For example, this bill will:

  • reduce traffic congestion in neighborhoods near schools and campuses and make streets safer, especially in the morning;
  • help our transit agencies recoup ridership post-pandemic and enhance revenue to operators, as well as enhance public confidence in the viability of transit investments in particular and public investments generally;
  • benefit our educational system by improving attendance and student performance, reduce the need for parking garages on campus, and reduce conflicts with between schools/college and their neighbors.

Again, we ask that you sign AB 1919 to help us create the next generation of riders. Thank you for your consideration!


Who's endorsing

Christine Louise Mills LA River Communities for Environmental Equity
Sofia Rafikova Coalition for Clean Air
Ellen Lanet
Will Wright
Melissa Molina
Amy Thomson TransForm
Emily dos Santos
David Diaz Active San Gabriel Valley
Phil Matero YouthBuild Charter School of California
Matt Benjamin
Mayra ​ Catalán-Orozco
Allan Alexander
Brian McCarthy
Brian Florian
Melissa Romero California Environmental Voters
Tamayo Diego
Ezequiel Gutierrez
Jason Ackerman
Mary Ann Furda
Donald Shoup
Hong Huynh
Sara Greenwald
Jared Bendifallah
Cynthia Freeman
Michael Herrmann
Esther Chase
Tracey Keilly
Wesley Chuang
Nora Privitera
Brooke Wirtschafter Valley Beth Shalom

116 endorsements

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  • Christine Louise Mills
    LA River Communities for Environmental Equity endorsed 2022-08-30 13:31:40 -0700
  • Sofia Rafikova
    Coalition for Clean Air endorsed 2022-08-30 10:48:26 -0700
  • Ellen Lanet
    endorsed 2022-08-30 10:07:14 -0700
  • Will Wright
    endorsed 2022-08-30 09:47:43 -0700
  • Melissa Molina
    endorsed 2022-08-30 09:25:50 -0700
  • Amy Thomson
    TransForm endorsed 2022-08-30 09:10:45 -0700
  • Emily dos Santos
    endorsed 2022-08-30 09:02:36 -0700
  • David Diaz
    Active San Gabriel Valley endorsed 2022-08-30 07:59:41 -0700
  • Phil Matero
    YouthBuild Charter School of California endorsed 2022-08-30 06:31:20 -0700
  • Matt Benjamin
    endorsed 2022-08-30 06:28:54 -0700
  • Mayra ​ Catalán-Orozco
    endorsed 2022-08-30 01:45:27 -0700
  • Allan Alexander
    endorsed 2022-08-29 22:02:58 -0700
  • Brian McCarthy
    endorsed 2022-08-29 21:46:13 -0700
  • Brian Florian
    endorsed 2022-08-29 21:33:11 -0700
  • Melissa Romero
    California Environmental Voters endorsed 2022-08-29 21:08:10 -0700
  • Tamayo Diego
    endorsed 2022-08-29 21:07:18 -0700
  • Ezequiel Gutierrez
    endorsed 2022-08-29 20:51:08 -0700
  • Jason Ackerman
    endorsed 2022-08-29 20:51:05 -0700
  • Mary Ann Furda
    endorsed 2022-08-29 20:43:14 -0700
  • Donald Shoup
    endorsed 2022-08-29 19:49:28 -0700
  • Hong Huynh
    endorsed 2022-08-29 19:42:26 -0700
  • Sara Greenwald
    endorsed 2022-08-29 19:18:06 -0700
  • Jared Bendifallah
    endorsed 2022-08-29 19:04:31 -0700
  • Cynthia Freeman
    endorsed 2022-08-29 19:04:29 -0700
  • Michael Herrmann
    endorsed 2022-08-29 18:54:23 -0700
  • Esther Chase
    endorsed 2022-08-29 18:38:29 -0700
  • Tracey Keilly
    endorsed 2022-08-29 17:50:36 -0700
  • Wesley Chuang
    endorsed 2022-08-29 17:35:52 -0700
  • Nora Privitera
    endorsed 2022-08-29 17:31:28 -0700
  • Brooke Wirtschafter
    Valley Beth Shalom endorsed 2022-08-29 17:13:08 -0700

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