Gov. Newsom proposes 'cleaning and greening' California's transportation and infrastructure

Governor Gavin Newsom has big plans for transportation and infrastructure investment that ties in efforts for a greener California.
Governor Gavin Newsom has big plans for transportation and infrastructure investment that ties in efforts for a greener California. Photo credit Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images

Gov. Gavin Newsom has big plans for a transportation and infrastructure investment that ties in efforts for a greener California.

Newsom presented his proposal Thursday on the platform of a Caltrain station in Santa Clara, highlighting some of the investments proposed in his budget.

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"There is an integration and intentionality in this year's budget, to focus on bringing together issues related to climate, health, economic development, workforce development and no greater place to connect those dots than the areas of infrastructure and notably transportation," Newsom said.

The governor framed the $9.1 billion infrastructure and transportation package by connecting it to climate change and he hopes the legislature will commit to the proposal.

"Radically changing our system of transportation by cleaning and greening it, particularly as it relates to incentives along the spectrums," he said.

The blueprint accelerates the transition to a cleaner transportation future with investments in zero-emissions vehicles, incentives to convert diesel trucks and passenger vehicles, improving bridges and $4.2 billion for finishing the first phase of a high-speed rail.

Newsom said he's focused on a high-speed rail and wants to get it done.

Otherwise, he explained we have an erector set of pieces that are incomplete. The infrastructure package also includes investments in the ports and movement of goods.