Pass AB 2923 for Thriving Communities Near Transit
Have you ever noticed the vast, often empty parking lots that surround the Bay Area’s BART stations and wondered why such areas aren’t put to better use? These lands hold tremendous potential to be re-envisioned as thriving, walkable neighborhoods with homes, shops, and jobs right at the doorstep of the region’s best transit resources.
This would not only help address the Bay Area’s housing affordability crisis, it would foster greater transit ridership, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and ease development pressure on our natural and agricultural lands. Yet today, despite a strong regional consensus in favor of focusing new growth near transit, the potential of these lands remains largely untapped.
Fortunately, this year Assemblymember David Chiu has proposed state legislation to foster equitable, sustainable neighborhoods on underutilized lands around BART stations. His bill, AB 2923, promises to catalyze transit-oriented development on lands owned by BART to create neighborhoods that meet the needs of people across the income spectrum and improve the quality of life for all Bay Area residents.
Now, we need your help to get AB 2923 passed by the California State Legislature and signed into law. Click below to tell your state legislators to pass this bill for a better Bay Area!
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