New California Program Supports Clean Mobility Projects

The $17 million program focuses on the needs of smaller groups and communities to provide clean mobility solutions that include car- bike- or scooter-sharing projects and subsidies for transit or car-hailing companies.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) recently announced a new statewide program that will make it easier for communities to get funding for clean mobility projects, reporting that it will allow smaller groups and communities of concern that may not have the resources available to access funds for clean transportation choices. The $17 million program focuses on the needs of those communities to provide clean mobility solutions that include car- bike- or scooter-sharing projects and subsidies for transit or car-hailing companies.

Awarded to CALSTART and managed by CALSTART (a nonprofit organization working with businesses and governments to develop clean, efficient transportation solutions) and the Shared-Use Mobility Center in partnership with GRID Alternatives and the Local Government Commission, projects also aim to address getting residents to and from their homes and local transit stops. The program's managers will provide applicants with technical assistance and community outreach.

"Californians living in communities most impacted by pollution will benefit from new or expanded clean mobility options without having to actually own a car," CARB Executive Officer Richard Corey said. "This project also aligns with the board's goals for cutting pollution while providing greater access for all Californians to the cleanest possible mobility choices."

The grant fulfills several key elements that CARB advanced in March when it directed its staff to consider new pilot projects that further advance access to clean mobility, especially for priority populations. The $17 million funds the program for two years, and it may be expanded if it is successful. The project is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

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