• The state budget for FY 2022-2023 proposed billions of dollars of investments in equitable and clean transportation to achieve California’s climate goals. The budget also includes various climate-related investments, such as clean energy, zero emission vehicles, and adaptation projects. The ZEV package alone in the 2022-23 state budget includes a total of $6.1 billion between 2021-22 and 2025-26 for a number of projects.115 In addition, the budget listed local priorities for public transit investments with $900 million to go to each Caltrans District.116 The funds are accompanied by the legislative decision to prioritize construction of a Merced-Bakersfield network as a first-phase completed segment, which is in line with the California High Speed Rail Authority’s plan.117

115 “The 2022-23 California Spending Plan: Resources and Environmental Protection.” Legislative Analyst’s Office, October 10, 2022. Available at: https://lao.ca.gov/Publications/Report/4633

116 See FY 2021-2022 State of Good Repair Project List. https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/rail-mass-transportation/documents/sgr/2021-22-approved-project-list-for-website-ver1.pdf

117 Planetizen. California High-Speed Rail Recommits to Bakersfield-to-Merced Segment. August 31, 2022. Retrieved from: https://www.planetizen.com/news/2022/08/118523-california-high-speed-rail-recommits-bakersfield-merced-segment