Examining Beall’s Proposal On Deferred Road Repairs
November 30, 2015
California faces nearly $60 billion in deferred road repairs and the cost is going up every year. Now, a local state senator wants to do something about it. View NBC Video!
City of Sacramento Considering New Set of ‘Road Diets’
November 30, 2015
For years, Sacramento officials have been reducing lanes on major central city streets to slow traffic and give pedestrians and people on bikes more elbow room. Read more…
Caltrans Award to Integrate Transit, Bicycling and Walking into Local Transportation Plans
November 30, 2015
Caltrans has awarded $9.8 million in Sustainable Transportation Planning Grants to support cities, counties, agencies and transit operators in their efforts to integrate transit, bicycling and walking into their local transportation plans. Read more…
New ARTBA Analysis Examines Costs of Mobility
November 30, 2015
The average American driver is only being asked to contribute 1.2 percent of their annual cost to own and operate a motor vehicle to fund federal investments in highway and transit capital improvements. Read more…
SB 16 Approved by Senate Transportation & Housing on a 6-1 Vote
April 29, 2015
Wake Up California-fix the roads!
(Mark Watts, Transportation California) The Senate Transportation & Housing Committee on a 6-1 vote approved SB 16, Senator Beall’s measure to provide additional highway and roadway preservation and maintenance funding. Read more…
California Needs Volunteers To Test Road Charge
April 23, 2015
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Gas tax revenues are steadily declining in California and lawmakers are looking for other ways to fund road repairs. Now the state is creating a pilot program that would instead charge drivers based on the miles they drive. California Transportation Commissioner Jim Madaffer is leading the pilot effort. He says the gas tax isn’t working anymore.
“We need a funding mechanism that kind of gets us back to when the gas tax was first implemented where it made sense. Everybody was getting 10 miles to a gallon in their car. And everybody put in gas only in their vehicles. So it was pretty fair,” he says. “Today, people such as myself driving an electric car for the last two years, I haven’t paid a dime. Well, that’s not right.”
Governor Jerry Brown’s administration estimates California has a $59 billion road maintenance backlog.
Ideally, Madaffer says, volunteers would sign up throughout the state so the road charge could be tested in a variety of situations. Details like whether volunteers would be reimbursed for the fee have not yet been decided.
A pilot program must be in place by 2017. A final report must be presented to the Legisalture by 2018.
This effort is an addition to several others being proposed by lawmakers. Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins has proposed charging drivers about $52 a year, with the money going to road repairs. Senator Jim Beall has authored a bill that would fund road maintenance through increased gas taxes and higher vehicle registration fees. Senator Bob Huff has introduced a Constitutional amendment to require funds designated for transportation be used for that purpose.
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Lawmakers Tackle $59 billion Backup for Road Repairs
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month—Even Hands-free Devices are a Danger
April 8, 2015
April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and many states are taking the opportunity to commemorate the event with sweeps by state police to ticket violators of distracted driving laws… Read more...
Stand Up 4 Transportation
March 30, 2015
On April 9, supporters around the nation are uniting in their communities and online to send a powerful message to Congress: It’s time to provide long-term investment for America’s transportation network.
Only comprehensive, long-term federal funding will enable us to repair, maintain, and adequately expand America’s public transportation, roads, bridges, ports, and rail systems to help bring our national transportation system up to speed with the 21st century.
Short-term, inconsistent funding slows progress and costs America’s taxpayers more in the long run.
Congress must take action by May 31. They need to know it’s not acceptable simply to keep kicking the can down the road a few months at a time.
Help us urge Congress: Take real, bi-partisan action to support transportation in our communities.
March 23, 2015
Speaker Atkins Has Sensible Plan to Fix California’s Congested and Deteriorating Roads. Depending on where you drive in California, our state’s crumbling and congested roadways steal as much as 90 hours a year of your time, as you wait in traffic. That’s a quality of life issue that Californians should not have to endure. California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and the Assembly Democrats have come up with a timely and reasonable plan to fix the Golden State’s freeways, bridges and other transportation infrastructure.
“California cannot have a strong middle class or a thriving economy if our roadways are congested and people and goods cannot move efficiently throughout the state,” said Speaker Atkins. “The Assembly is stepping up and proposing $10 billion for transportation infrastructure… $2 billion per year over the next 5 years… starting in 2015-16.”
Watch this Assembly Access Video to learn more about Speaker Atkins’s transportation infrastructure plan and why California needs to get the work started right away.