Move LA, Climate Resolve, Investing in Place, the Aging & Disability Transit Network, and Streets for All invite you to sign on in support of Assembly Bill 1975: The Bus Shelter Bill.
AB 1975, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, prioritizes shade as an essential need for low-income transit riders and people of color who are on the frontlines of climate change by ensuring that bus and pedestrian shelter and street furniture is treated as a critical and funded infrastructure asset.
Lack of shade is an issue of equity and climate justice in disadvantaged communities, communities of color, and for low-income riders, as they are disproportionately exposed to rain, sun, and excessive heat caused by rising temperatures, exacerbated by the heat-island effects of pavement, and borne out by the scarcity of shade in cities and counties throughout California.
AB 1975 can help to solve the lack of shelter in California by:
- Streamlining bus shelter and street furniture siting to protect the public’s health and safety as a matter of statewide concern and is not a “municipal affair.”
- Stipulating that a local agency approve or disapprove the siting of a bus shelter, without discretionary review or a hearing, within 60 days after receiving the application (if there is a local ordinance), or 40 days if there is not a local ordinance.
- Allowing tax dollars used for “Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program” to be used to build and site bus and pedestrian shelters and street furniture
- Requiring local standards for shelters that ensure the safety, convenience, accessibility, climate resiliency, and comfort of bus patrons, pedestrians, cyclists, vehicular operations, and other uses of the public rights-of-way.
Bill text: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1975
Legislative Fact Sheet: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cj7nq9yqk1dddv3/Fact%20Sheet-%20Bus%20Shelter%20Bill_3_30.docx?dl=0
Please join us in supporting this bill!