Committee on Transportation and Sustainable Communities

The CTSCS is a clearinghouse for chapters and groups in California to curtail air pollution due to transportation and sprawling development.  Our members advocate for preservation of natural open space near cities, improved public transportation, and compact development near transit in accordance with Urban Growth Guidelines.  Several action areas are listed below.


Steve Birdlebough 707-576-6632

Assistance for Transportation & Land-Use Advocacy

California activists are encouraged to notify our committee chair of any proposed transportation tax measures, major development projects, or plans for highway lane additions in their area.  Members of the committee are available to share experiences and research that leads to outcomes favoring the environment.  Zoom conferences take place at 4 pm. on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month.  Contact the chair for a “link” to join a meeting.

 Action Areas:

  • Advocate for city and county climate action plans and general land use plans that achieve 2030 transportation sector goals, with regular evaluation of progress
  • Engage in local and regional advocacy to build affordable housing near transit, and to prevent environmentally damaging and fiscally irresponsible highway expansion.
  • Track and disseminate research on transportation and development issues, and the benefits of active transportation.
  • Support improved ways to pay for roads and parking to create awareness of the costs of single-occupant vehicles.
  • Monitor activities of State agencies such as the Strategic Growth Council, Office of Planning and Research, Air Resources Board, and California Transportation Commission.

Take Action:

Support the Air Resources Board’s goal of a 25% reduction in driving by 2030 in the following ways:
  • Advocate for streets that are safe and attractive for cycling and walking.
  • Support improvements in transit services, with adequate funding.
  • Promote compact mixed-use infill developments with affordable housing and value-priced parking.