The 405 freeway as it snaked through Long Beach under the Orange Avenue overpass. Photo by Brian Addison.
For example, the much-lauded AB 285.
AB 285 is basically the California plan for how the state will get our greenhouse emissions 40% below the levels they were at in 1990 by 2030. The plan was celebrated because of specific programs it called out for special attention—programs that included affordable housing and sustainable community programs on top of rail, mass, and low-carbon transit programs.
But UC Berkeley found a glaring contradiction to the climate-centric ambitions of AB 285: The programs referenced in the bill represented some 2% of state transportation spending.
An enormously disproportionate amount of spending—including at the regional and local levels—continues to go toward "maintaining, rehabilitating, and operating the mature and extensive highway system," the draft read. Additionally—like the horrendous 710 expansion project, which has been paused
, or the many that will literally lose their home due to the 71 expansion project
, or the 5 expansion project in north Los Angeles County
—we continue to expand freeways despite overwhelming evidence that freeway expansions increase congestion and decrease the quality of living of those living near or along freeway corridors.