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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
Wake Up California!
January 21, 2015
Watch this video on the importance of investing in California’s roads, highways and bridges.
Fix The Roads!
January 21, 2015
Watch this video on California’s deteriorating road system.
Video: California Transportation System
October 21, 2014
Video: Building America’s Future – 60 Minutes Feature