Policy In Motion: Transportation Planning In California After AB 32

While state and federal actions have been taken to set new requirements for vehicle efficiency and fuels, tackling travel behavior policies that reduce vehicle-miles-traveled and improve transportation network management is needed if California is to reduce its transportation sector’s 38% contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

In Policy In Motion: Transportation Planning In California After AB 32, author Lauren Michele examines California’s transportation planning initiatives since the passage of Assembly Bill 32 — The California Global Warming Solutions Act — with a nuanced eye toward the State’s particular rules, laws, politics and institutions.

California’s unique democracy and global economy is unparallel to any other union. 

The State is setting new policy directions for sustainable living through transportation planning, but outdated regulatory frameworks must be aligned with supporting paradigm shifts if California is to move forward in a truly unified vision for people-oriented development and transportation.

In a time where transportation policy efforts are pointing toward economic, environmental and equitable stewardship, Lauren Michele – Principal and Founder of Policy in Motion – supports planning practitioners, policy makers and public participants in understanding how sustainability policy impacts community values.

The author crafts and implements transportation projects and regulatory frameworks which work toward complete community sustainability and people-oriented development – facilitating access to affordable living near quality jobs, food, schools and health services.

Her combined knowledge as a practicing transportation planning consultant and sustainable policy analyst allows her to connect federal and state legislative priorities with local and regional implementation.