A bill by Assembly Member Frazier (D – Oakley), Chair of the Assembly Transportation Committee, and sponsored by the Self Help County Coalition, would authorize the expanded use and development of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes while also removing the sunset date on the current authority to operate HOT lanes. All Californians benefit from safe, predictable, and reliable travel times in our transportation corridors, and allowing the use of HOT lanes will allow state and local agencies to increase travel options and improve overall corridor performance through enhanced person throughput. Moreover, ACEC California finds it appropriate that AB 194 requires that revenue allocation and tolling policies should rest with the agency assuming the project development, construction and financing risk.
Assembly Woman Young Kim (R – Fullerton); however, has introduced Assembly Bill 1459 to prohibit a toll facility to be implemented and constructed on a public highway within the boundaries of the County of Orange unless approved by a 2/3 vote of the electorate in the county. AB 1459 is co-authored by Assembly Member Mathew Harper (R – Huntington Beach) and while we have a good relationship, ACEC California opposes this bill.
HOT Lanes enhance California’s mobility alternatives by increasing travel options and improving corridor performance and are strongly supported by ACEC California.