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Low-Income Barriers Study: Overcoming Barriers to Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Transportation and Mobility Options


Senate Bill 350 Background

Clean Transportation and Mobility Options Include:

  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission light-duty cars and trucks.
  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission transit and school buses.
  • Active transportation (biking and walking).
  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission cars near public transit for public use, ride share, car share, vanpools, bike share, and mobility hubs, etc.
  • Zero-emission and near zero-emission supporting infrastructure for vehicle charging and fueling and safe biking and walking, etc.

The Clean Energy and Pollution Act of 2015 (Senate Bill (SB) 350, De León, Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015) established as a State priority the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of various clean energy policies, including widespread transportation electrification, for the benefit of all Californians.  Transforming the State’s transportation sector to support widespread electrification requires increasing access for all residents, including low-income and those living in disadvantaged communities, across a broad spectrum of clean mobility options. 

SB 350 directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB or Board) to examine the barriers low-income residents must overcome to increase access to zero-emission and near zero-emission transportation and develop recommendations on how to overcome these barriers.  CARB undertook a public process and directly engaged local community members, including low-income residents, to determine the main barriers to clean transportation access.  CARB framed the results of this effort as guidance document which is formally titled, “Low-Income Barriers Study, Part B: Overcoming Barriers to Clean Transportation Access for Low Income Residents” (Draft SB 350 Clean Transportation Access Guidance Document).  This document provides a pathway to overcome barriers to clean transportation and mobility options.

Draft SB 350 Clean Transportation Access Guidance Document 

CARB is seeking public input on the Draft SB 350 Clean Transportation Access Guidance Document below.  To submit written feedback, please contact Ms. Ashley Dunn, at (626) 459-4385 or Ashley.Dunn@arb.ca.gov.  

Draft SB 350 Clean Transportation Access Guidance Document (PDF-356 KB) (published April 2017)

Draft SB 350 Clean Transportation Access Guidance Document - Appendices (PDF-761 KB) (published April 2017)

Public Participation 

Through a public process, CARB directly engaged local community members, including low-income residents, across the State in roundtable and “world café” type discussions to understand the issues they face with transportation in their communities.  CARB incorporated the feedback received from low-income residents and the results of additional review of a few communities throughout the State in the Draft SB 350 Clean Transportation Access Guidance Document.  Recognizing that not every region in California is alike and that barriers differ by region, CARB expanded these efforts by developing case studies for local communities enhanced by literature reviews, including in rural, urban, and tribal communities.

CARB plans to publish a final guidance document in the fall of 2017.  Continued coordination and engagement across the State, including with the California Energy Commission (CEC), transportation agencies, and key stakeholders is critical for building continued understanding and solutions for increased clean transportation access for all residents, including for low-income residents and disadvantaged communities, and ensuring progress is made to achieve the goals of transportation electrification.

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    CEC Companion Study on Overcoming Energy Efficiency and Renewables for Low-Income Residents and Small Business Contracting Opportunities in Disadvantaged Communities

    SB 350 also requires the CEC to explore the barriers and opportunities to expand low-income residents’ access to energy efficiency, weatherization, and renewable energy investments, and contracting with small businesses located in disadvantaged communities.  The results of CARB's and CEC's SB 350 efforts are two separate but related reports that identify recommendations which are intended to provide clear pathways to increasing access to clean energy and transportation investments for low-income residents, including those in disadvantaged communities.  The CEC report is titled, "Low-Income Barriers Study, Part A: Overcoming Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Renewables for Low-Income Customers and Small Business Contracting Opportunities in Disadvantaged Communities", and is available on their SB 350 barriers report webpage as provided below.

    CEC SB 350 Barriers Study Website: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sb350/barriers_report/

    CEC Final SB 350 Low-Income Barriers Study (published December 2016)

    Meeting Archive

    Meeting Name:  Public Roundtable Meeting 

    Date and Time:  Monday, May 8, 2017, 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM Pacific Time
    Location:  CalEPA Headquarters Building, Sierra Hearing Room (Sacramento)
    Materials: Agenda (PDF-196 KB) CARB Staff Presentation (PDF-652 KB)  CEC Barriers Study Overview Presentation (PDF-644KB)

    Meeting Name:  Informational Board Update 
    Date and Time:  Thursday, May 25, 2017, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Pacific Time.
    Location:  CalEPA Headquarters Building, Byron Sher Auditorium (Sacramento)
    Materials:
     Agenda, Webcast Archive, and Board Transcripts (to be posted soon)
    CARB Board Meeting Webpage:
     https://www.arb.ca.gov/board/meetings.htm#future 

    Meeting Name:  July 2016 Informational Board Update
    Date and Time:  
    Thursday, July 21, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time
    Location:  
    Sacramento, CAL/EPA Building (1001 I Street)
    Materials:  
    Agenda (PDF-68.5KB) Staff Presentation with Overview of Project (PDF-769KB)

    Meeting Name:  
    Overcoming Barriers to Zero and Near-Zero Emission Transportation Options in Low-income Communities Study Roundtable Discussion #2
    Date and Time:  
    Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pacific Time
    Location: Huntington Park (Southeast Los Angeles) - Communities for a Better Environment
    Materials:  
    Agenda (PDF-196 KB)

    Meeting Name:
     Overcoming Barriers to Zero and Near-Zero Emission Transportation Options in Low-income Communities Study Roundtable Discussion #1
    Date and Time:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Time
    Location: Sacramento
    Materials: Notice (PDF-980 KB) Agenda (PDF-150 KB)

    Contact Information

    For further information regarding this project, please contact:

    Ashley Dunn, Lead Staff
    Phone: (626) 459-4385
    Email: Ashley.Dunn@arb.ca.gov

    Meri Miles, Staff
    Phone: (916) 322-6370
    Email: Meri.Miles@arb.ca.gov

    Media Inquiries

    If you have media related questions, please contact CARB's Public Information Office at (916) 322-2990.
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