Civic leaders, businesses, and media throughout California agree: It’s time to bring our long-neglected transportation infrastructure into the 21st Century to meet the demand for mobility. Transportation California is doing something about it.
Our efforts to create new funds for transportation and prevent state borrowing of those funds has put Transportation California in the forefront of transportation advocacy.
- Taken the lead in working for stable new revenue sources to fund California’s transportation needs;
- Led the continuing effort to preserve transportation funding in the State Budget in the face of unprecedented fiscal crises in California;
- Partnered with the California Alliance for Jobs in 2006 to win overwhelming approval of Proposition 1A to safeguard transportation funds and Proposition 1B;
- Taken the lead in passing Proposition 42 (sales tax on gasoline) to increase funds for transportation projects and spearheaded the Fund. Prop. 42 Coalition in 2004 and 2005;
- Helped pass Proposition 2, a measure which prevented diversion of gas tax funds;
- Supported passage of AB 1012 to expedite delivery of transportation projects;
- Led the fight for Proposition 192 to support earthquake retrofitting;
- Currently participating in the coalition led by the California Alliance for Jobs (Fix Our Roads Coalition).
Transportation California is a coalition of groups and individuals concerned about the future of California’s transportation networks. Our members consist of highway contractors, businesses, associations, major trade labor organizations and other groups. These include the Associated General Contractors of California, United Contractors, the Southern California Contractors Association, the California Alliance for Jobs, the Southern California Partnership for Jobs, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the California State Council of Laborers and regional transportation planning agencies.
What We Are
Transportation California is a diversified, non-partisan, non-profit coalition representing a broad spectrum of business, labor, and planning agencies which have united to create the state’s leading transportation advocacy and public education group. The organization was founded in 1990. Today its member companies and groups account for more than 200,000 California jobs.
To develop adequate, dedicated and sustainable funding to properly maintain California’s transportation infrastructure and build the transportation system of the future.
Why This Matters
Wholesale trade and transportation is our state’s largest economic sector. The Port of Los Angeles/Long Beach is the nation’s largest shipping hub. Our roadways annually carry 1.3 billion tons of freight, more than 12 percent of the national volume, and Californians travel over 300 billion miles each year on the state’s roads. Every $1 invested in transportation spending creates nearly $6 in economic benefits. California needs good roads, but our transportation infrastructure deteriorates over time and with growth and use. In the last 10 years, automobile travel has grown 10 times faster than new lane capacity. Pavement conditions are rated the worst in the nation, and our transportation investment shortfall is more than $100 billion. California ranks last in the nation in highway spending per capita.
For more information, contact:
Roger Dickinson, Executive Director