Transportation

Newsom signs two transportation bills supported by MTC

Ped safety
Paul Krueger

Transportation-related bills supported by MTC addressing safety have now been signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

AB 43 (Laura Friedman, D-Glendale) allows greater flexibility for local jurisdictions to set speed limits on streets with high injuries and fatalities by enabling cities to lower speed limits below the 85th percentile on streets with high injuries and fatalities. MTC and ABAG supported the bill.

This long overdue bill is a cornerstone to the state taking action to reduce roadway injuries and fatalities and was a core recommendation coming out of the state’s Zero Traffic Fatalities Task Force,” MTC Executive Director Therese McMillan wrote to Newsom in support of AB 43. 

MTC has established the Vision Zero Working Group looking at pedestrian safety.

Newsom also signed AB 917 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica), supported by MTC. It authorizes transit operators statewide to use camera-based enforcement for transit stops and transit only lanes where it is already illegal to park. After the devastating impact COVID 19 had on public transit ridership, the bill enables transit agencies to improve service reliability and rider safety.