• AASHTO Applauds President’s Proposed Transportation Investments

    February 3, 2015

    The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials today commends President Obama for his proposed FY2016 federal budget, which reportedly includes $478 billion for transportation infrastructure investment over the next six years.  Read more

  • Obama’s Budget Includes Windfall for L.A. Transportation

    February 3, 2015

    Overall, Obama would spend more than $800 million on transit throughout the state — including $165 million to expand the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to San Jose and $150 million toward a light-rail project in San Diego — as he tries to make the case that infrastructure spending will propel a faster economic recovery.   Read more...

  • CTC Allocates $174.8M to Upgrade State & Local Transportation Infrastructure

    February 2, 2015

    In Sacramento…California Transportation Commission has allocated $174.8 million to 85 transportation projects that will repair aging roads and bridges, alleviate traffic delays and support job growth statewide. For full story…

  • Fed Transportation Officials Endorse $150M Sacramento Streetcar Project

    February 2, 2015

    Federal transportation officials have preliminarily agreed to help fund a $150 million downtown Sacramento streetcar project this year, as long as Sacramento can come up with local matching funds in the next few months, according to local officials with knowledge of the federal plans.  Read more

  • Obama to Introduce $478B Highway Bill

    February 2, 2015

    Obama to unveil a $478 billion, six-year highway and transit bill, the latest effort by the White House to boost infrastructure. For full story…

  • Gov. Jerry Brown wants investment in California roads

    January 12, 2015

    Begin the costly task of repairing the state’s crumbling roads

    The Sacramento Bee on Tuesday wroteWith the bipartisan water bond accord in their rear-view, California Gov. Jerry Brown implored lawmakers Monday to come together and begin the costly task of repairing the state’s crumbling roads. Brown said following passage of the $7.5 billion water bond that it’s equally important for the state to deal with its long-standing road and highway challenges. California faces $59 billion in deferred road maintenance, and the price tag to meet the state’s long-term transportation needs is significantly higher.

    “Each year, we fall further and further behind and we must do something about it,” Brown said during a speech marking his fourth inauguration as governor. Asked afterward how he planned to accomplish his infrastructure goals, Brown said the task is “daunting” and declined to lay out a path to achieve it.  Republicans said they support large-scale road repairs, but questioned Brown’s emphasis on the $68 billion high-speed rail project.

    Last year, a coalition of transportation advocates proposed a ballot measure that would have more than doubled the vehicle license fee for road improvements. They abandoned the effort, which would have phased in a 1 percent license fee increase. The last statewide transportation bond approved by voters came in 2006. On Monday, Brown discounted the possibility of seeking bond funding, saying the state already has significant debt.

    Will Kempton, executive director of Transportation California, said the state needs to find creative ways to pay for the debt, perhaps by charging fees based on how much a motorist drives.

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  • Video: US DOT Launches “Beyond Traffic”

    February 2, 2015

    US DOT launches Beyond Traffic, a framework that’s been a year in the making and will lay out the trends and choices facing American transportation over the next three decades.

    Beyond Traffic examines trends and choices like:

    • How will we move? America’s population will grow by 70 million by 2045. How will we build a transportation system to accommodate a growing population and changing travel patterns?
    • How will we move things? By 2045, freight volume will increase 45 percent. How will we reduce freight chokepoints that drive up the cost of owning a business?
    • How will we move better? Technological changes and innovation may transform vehicles and infrastructure, logistics, and delivery of transportation services to promote efficiency and safety. How will we knock down barriers to new technologies that promise to make travel safer and more convenient?
    • How will we adapt? Climate change will include global mean sea level rise, temperature increases, and more frequent and intense storm events, all of which will impact highways, bridges, public transportation, coastal ports and waterways. How will we make our infrastructure more resilient to more frequent extreme weather events like Hurricane Sandy?
    • How will we align decisions and dollars? And invest the trillions of dollars our transportation needs in the smartest way possible?
  • Federal Govt Seeks National Conversation on Transportation

    February 9, 2015

    The Obama administration is attempting to start a national conversation about future transportation needs by releasing a report that identifies key demographic and other trends expected to shape the way Americans get from one place to another… Read more

  • Congress and the Administration will hold a Twitter Town Meeting on the Transportation Budget

    February 10, 2015

    With the May 31 expiration of transportation funding nearing, Transportation Secretary Foxx and House Transportation Committee Chairman Shuster, join forces to hold a “town meeting” on Twitter ‪#‎StuckInTraffic‬ Read more

  • California Eyes Road Repair Fees as Gas Tax Receipts Ebb

    February 2, 2015

    Governor Brown is preparing bills aimed at helping the state pay for a $59 billion backlog of road and bridge repairs as he also seeks to curb gasoline consumption that traditionally pays for road construction. For full story…