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.
Behind the Driving Increase
March 20, 2015
The Federal Highway Administration reported that driving increased 1.7 percent between 2013 and 2014 in the United States. This compares to virtually no increase over the period from 2004 to 2013. Read more…
Beyond Traffic: US DOT’s 30 Year Framework for the Future
March 17, 2015
Beyond Traffic is an invitation to the American public—including the users, developers, owners, and operators of the transportation network and the policy officials who shape it—to have a frank conversation about the shape, size, and condition of that system and how it will meet the needs and goals of our nation for decades to come.
Beyond Traffic is a draft framework for the future, it’s not prescriptive. It does not advocate for specific policy solutions. Rather, it underscores critical decision points facing the country, by means of data driven analysis, research, expert opinions and public engagement.
Share Your Ideas! The USDOT will host a series of Virtual Sessions –each focused on a different theme of the Beyond Traffic Framework. We hope you will join us for one or more of these sessions:
March 17, 1:00-2:00 PM, How We Move
March 17, 3:00-4:00 PM, How We Move Things
March 25, 1:00-2:00 PM, How We Move Better
March 25, 3:00-4:00 PM, How We Adapt
March 30, 1:00-2:00 PM, How We Align Decisions and Dollars
Nix the Quick Fix, AASHTO Urges Feds
March 4, 2015
Every dollar invested in highway or transit returns 2 – 3x’s back to the economy. Watch AASHTO’s latest video:
Audit: San Jose Roads Crumbling Toward Bottom of Bay Area Rankings — Costly Fixes Needed
March 1, 2015
A bicyclist rides through crumbling pavement along Foxworthy Ave. near Meridian Ave. in San Jose, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. The Bay Area is spending more dollars for road maintenance than they were just a few years ago.
Drivers are already painfully aware that San Jose has too many potholes, but a startling new audit has found that a decade of pavement neglect has left city streets deteriorating toward the ranks of the worst roads in the Bay Area. Read more…
Californians Sharply Divided Over Hiking State Gas Tax
February 27, 2015
California voters think the government should spend more money to help maintain crumbling roads, but they offer mixed views on how to fund the upkeep, according to a new statewide Field Poll. Read more…
Fuel Tax Swap Demonstration
February 19, 2015
In March 2010, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed two fuel tax measures (AB x8 6 and SB 70), commonly referred to as the fuel tax swap, which adjusted the rates of the sales and excise tax on gasoline, effective July 1, 2010. The fuel tax swap legislation was designed to be revenue neutral, ensuring overall state taxes paid by consumers at the pump are the same as they would have paid under the prior tax structure. Thus, the fuel tax swap legislation does not produce a net revenue gain in overall state taxes paid at the pump. The legislation mandated the BOE to adjust the excise tax rate every year by March 1. The new rate is effective July 1 of each year.
The State Board of Equalization will consider adopting an excise tax rate on gasoline of $0.285 per gallon at its February 24 meeting in Culver City.