Transportation Impacts (SB 743)

CEQA Guidelines Update and Technical Advisory

After over four years of stakeholder-driven development through nearly 200 stakeholder meetings, public convenings, and other outreach events, OPR has transmitted its proposed CEQA Guideline implementing Senate Bill 743 to the California Natural Resources Agency. OPR has also prepared a Technical Advisory on Evaluating Transportation Impacts in CEQA, which contains OPR’s technical recommendations regarding assessment of VMT, thresholds of significance, and mitigation measures. OPR may update or supplement this technical advisory in response to new information and advancements in modeling and methods. Both of these documents can be accessed through the following links:

Notice of future activity on the CEQA Guidelines will be posted on OPR’s website and distributed through the CEQA Guidelines List Serve. Please sign-up on the List Serve to stay connected. The Natural Resources Agency will also post updated information about the rulemaking process on its website  

OPR developed the proposed updates related to transportation analysis separately from the rest of the CEQA Guidelines update. That proposal has been included in the Proposed Updates to the CEQA Guidelines. For more information on the comprehensive package, please visit Current CEQA Guidelines Update and the Natural Resources Agency's website  .

Key Resources on SB 743: Studies, Reports, Briefs, and Tools

This resource page will be updated as new resources become available. Last updated: September 29, 2017

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What is SB 743?

Governor Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 743 (Steinberg, 2013), which creates a process to change the way that transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA. Specifically, SB 743 requires OPR to amend the CEQA Guidelines to provide an alternative to LOS for evaluating transportation impacts. Particularly within areas served by transit, those alternative criteria must “promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of multimodal transportation networks, and a diversity of land uses.” (Public Resources Code Section 21099(b)(1).) Measurements of transportation impacts may include “vehicle miles traveled, vehicle miles traveled per capita, automobile trip generation rates, or automobile trips generated.” (Ibid.) Once the CEQA Guidelines are amended to include those alternative criteria, auto delay will no longer be considered a significant impact under CEQA. (Id. at subd. (b)(2).) Transportation impacts related to air quality, noise and safety must still be analyzed under CEQA where appropriate. (Id. at subd. (b)(3).) SB 743 also amended congestion management law to allow cities and counties to opt out of LOS standards within certain infill areas. (See Government Code Sections 65088.1 and 65088.4.)

Aside from changes to transportation analysis, SB 743 also included several important changes to CEQA that apply to transit oriented developments, including aesthetics and parking.


Released January 2016

Second draft of CEQA Guidelines implementing SB 743, and the Technical Advisory

Released August 2014

First draft of CEQA guidelines implementing SB 743

Released December 2013

Discussion of metrics options for implementing SB 743

Workshop Materials and Recordings